Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Hubble bubble, Double Trouble

The week in Puglia with Jan and Jean was simply amazing. And we were quite an international crowd - 3 from Israel, one from the USA and one from Switzerland as well as 6 Brits (and two non participating husbands).

For me, the most memorable thing was simply (!) learning how to truly "look" at something. From looking, we progressed to sketching, painting, printing and collaging and then to developing these into stitch using hand and machine embroidery and the embellisher.

Now I usually do little hand embroidery having endured a particularly finicky needlework teacher at school who used to measure our stitches with a ruler - any deviation from her required stitch length meant unpicking it all and starting again - enough to put anyone off for life! Jan and Jean have an entirely different philosophy about hand stitching and I found myself really enjoying it; so much so that I hardly touched a sewing machine all week.

The villa itself is lovely; light, airy and spacious, simply but beautifully decorated and furnished. The swimming pool looked very inviting but it was too cold for me to take a dip although two of the hardier souls in our party did venture in a couple of times.

So, here are some photos:-

Stone wall - hand embroidered on solusheet and lightly embellished.

Lichen 1 - hand stitched

Grasses - printed then hand stitched

Lichen 2 - fibres applied with bondaweb, covered with chiffon, hand stitched

Lichen 3 - foil and fibres applied with bondaweb, covered with chiffon and embellished front and back

Olive grove sketch

Olive grove - embellished sheers, hand stitched then further embellishing

And in case you were wondering about the title of this post, the last night we were all together was Halloween.


Aussie Jo said...

What a fantastic experience and results. I might have to check if they are coming out to Australia anytime soon.

Myfanwy said...

I knew you would have a wonderful time! I'll be seeing some pieces from the week in person tomorrow. Thanks for sharing yours.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I was lucky enough to to a one day work shop and I had a great time, it was inspiring. Looks like you were inspired by them too!

Sheilasembroidery said...

Big wave from a fellow participant. It was a fantastic week and my small pieces have been much admired especially the embellished sheers. I'm glad you enjoyed the hand stitching. I beaded my piece on the dissolvable sandwich and it's made a beautiful soft draping piece, love it.