At Koala Conventions in Brisbane I bravely ran a ‘Design Your Own Stumpwork Class’. I have to admit to some sleepless nights before the convention wondering how I would time the class so that no-one was sitting around waiting. We had 7 in the class (a perfect number) and had 4 days to stitch and we all had a wonderful time! What a joy! I had discussed with each student what they would like to achieve and I am very proud of our progress.
Claire wanted to work a 3-dimensional humming bird feeding on a Calliandra. We worked the Calliandra in frayed organza ribbon and she also worked the hummingbird body and had started the wings. Hopefully she will send me a photo to show you when the project is finished.
Miriam wanted to work a Fringe Lily. I have to say that this added to my sleepless nights but I think we achieved the desired results. I am sorry that I didn’t photograph the Lily so you could see the scale. It was close to life size so each petal was about 1.5-2cm long. The fringe edge was quite challenging to achieve but I can see lots of use for the technique!
Kerryn from ‘All Threads’ worked an auricula. I have been dying to work auriculas and have killed several trying to find time to stitch them. We started with scans of the flower petals and work a life size flower and then simplified the design to make them easier and faster the work.
The students were heard to comment on how long this ‘design process’ takes - welcome to my world!!
I will show you some more student work next blog.