EGA Finishes

Within 6 months of class end, I have finished both projects from the EGA seminar in September.  The first finish is a goldwork piece designed by Michele Roberts:  California Golden Vine.  The leaves and tendrils are gold.  The grapes are two shades of purple and are padded with differing elevations.  The photograph is mediocre – doesn’t capture the dimensionality of the piece.  I went with natural light to avoid the weird shines from flash, which does give some sense of the layering.

California Golden Vine - copyright Michele Roberts

California Golden Vine - copyright Michele Roberts

The piece has a very rustic feel with the brown-gold duponi silk background.  I am not a fan of the Pearsall silk used for the grapes.  A bit too fine for my tastes.  The snagging was a nightmare.  Eterna is shinier.  My preferred silk vendors remain Eterna, Needlepoint Inc, and Soie d’Alger.  I fear the tendrils will be too tempting for Phoebe.  Safe display will a challenge.

The design is stunning, and Michele is a wonderful teacher.  Quite the Southern lady and very dedicated to teaching.  Both of my teachers this year were very good.  Phillipa Turnbull designed the second piece:  You Can’t Catch Me, based on old bedhangings.  Phillipa graciously showed us the original bedhangings and other historical pieces from her collection.

As some of you know, crewel is my first love.  I have seen Phillipa’s designs in UK magazines and was thrilled to see her teaching at the EGA seminar.  She was a blast.  Here is a photo of the finished piece, which should also remind you of a certain special greyhound:

You Can't Catch Me - copyright Phillipa Turnbull

You Can't Catch Me - copyright Phillipa Turnbull

(It’s still on the blocking board – thus the pins.  I’ll turn it into a pillow.  Good Friday is going to be a finishing weekend.)  That’s right:  the dog is Preston.  During class, Phillipa suggested that we customize the dog to our own puppykins.  Great fun!  I really should have changed the butterflies to squirrels, but creating a flying squirrel is a bit beyond my skills at the moment.  The brindle was tough enough.  Let’s enjoy a close up of the real thing:

Preston's Brindle

Preston's Brindle

The brindle can be very strong or very faded.  To recreate the look, I wove the black thread underneath some of the champagne threads.

Dog Closeup - You Can't Catch Me - copyright Phillipa Turnbull

Dog Closeup - You Can't Catch Me - copyright Phillipa Turnbull

I am pleased with the results. The piece was great fun to stitch.  The rhythm of crewelwork is so relaxing.  While the Tree of Life designs are classic crewel, I do enjoy the animal studies.  Furry beasts look good in wool.

Now I have to dedicate myself to WIP slaying.  I still have a few military family kissing pillows to complete.  I also need to finish the Chatelaine Misty Morning Vineyard and the Mirabilia Christmas Couriers, which will become a wall quilt.  Those two projects are quite large, so I’ll throw in a few smalls for a sense of accomplishment.

Yes, I am still waiting for my notification letter from Loyola.  Should arrive within the next week and a half.  Still on pins & needles.  Ha, ha, ha!  In the meantime, let’s chill with Serena:

Serena Snoozing

Serena Snoozing

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