My usual gripe about blogger is that I opened this draft blog and started to add information to it. Then I hit something (who knows what?) and the whole damn thing disappeared. You would think that the draft posting would be a saved entry. Not so. So here I go into the mists to try to reconstruct that entry. Sadly, not the first time this has happened to me. Do you think I would have learned?
Several years ago at a TNNA market, I took a class from Laura Taylor. She started as a teacher for Aristeaia, a needlepoint shop in LA. She is quite talented. After the class, which I enjoyed, I went ho-hum ; because the majority of my customer-base is really traditional. They don't work on frames; and only kicking and dragging do they use fibers other than Paternayan or DMC perle cotton. But I am pecking away at them. And this year, I took another class from Laura, among several I took at Dallas. I'm determined to show my customers silk ribbon needlepoint and other techniques,
At Destination Dallas this September, I decided that I would take classes. The first, as I have mentioned, was social media (facebook and instagram). Next I took a class from Gretchen Janasek, the owner of Threads in Charlottesville, VA, of a rabbit Easter basket. This is the canvas. It is realistically a canvas I could stitch for a model in my shop. I am going to try to finish the canvas to have a shop model, she says hopefully!
Then, I attended Laura Taylor's ribbon class where she demonstrated 3 of the basic stitches utilized in ribbon embroidery on canvas. And they seemed so easy! So, the next day I went out and purchased several kits so I could practice and perhaps find a kit that I could teach to my customers. This is a photograph of my class progress. I must confess that I usually do not do much stitching in market classes because the lighting isn't right, the chair isn't the right height, ya da, ya da. You get the picture. I stitch better and faster at the shop or at home. I've had to realize that is the reality.
My last class was taught by Tony Minieri. It encompassed 4 stitches, only 1 of which I plan to utilize. The first (and my favorite) was repousse. The other 3 were intricate woven stitches from Italian embroidery, I think, that I don't have the patience to execute on a canvas--or try to teach to others to put on their canvases.
Tony has such incredible knowledge about the history of needlework. I enjoyed the experience of taking a class from him and I understand the power of his charisma, but many of his stitches are just beyond my customer base. I have to be realistic about this. While I managed to achieve the stitches in class, only the repousse is one that I could envision ever trying on a canvas.