Exhibition Opening at Southland Museum 6th September 2013

Margaret Erskine(National President), Betty Snell (S.E.G President), Gaye Downing(Judge), Margaret Kennedy (Southern Regional Representative)

Margaret Erskine(National President), Betty Snell (S.E.G President), Gaye Downing(Judge), Margaret Kennedy (Southern Regional Representative)

The opening was a great success, the Judges (Margaret Erskine and Gaye Downing) did a sterling job selecting category winners from such amazing and diverse embroideries. There was a large number of visitors and Guild members at the opening who were obviously blown away by the brilliant embroideries on show.

DSC07843Barbara Smith of Otago Guild who won an award for her Hussif and a special judges award recognising her perfect score for her wonderful work.

Barbara Smith has also been awarded the Viewers’ choice Award for her ‘Hussif for Joce’

Judy Mason also from Otago Guild won a category but was unable to come to the opening.

Elaine Little,Betty Snell,Jan Gibb,Julie Barber S.E.G winners

Elaine Little,Betty Snell,Jan Gibb,Julie Barber S.E.G winners

Nikki Mortimer from the Otago Guild won an award for her Puncta antico hussif

Nikki Mortimer from the Otago Guild won an award for her Puncta antico hussif

Shirley Jaquiery from the Otago Guild won an award for her Square Hussif box.

Shirley Jaquiery from the Otago Guild won an award for her Square Hussif box.

 

Downsized Betty Snell exhibition winner 2

Betty Snell’s ‘Pearl of the South’

DownsizedJulie Barber exhibition winner

Julie Barber’s ‘Majestic South’

Downsized Jan Gibb

Jan Gibb’s ‘Looking out to See (sea)

Downsized Elaine Little exhibition winner

Elaine Little’s ‘Circle of Dreams’

Visitors closely admiring embroideries

Visitors closely admiring embroideries

Heather and Fay enjoying the exhibition.

Heather and Fay enjoying the exhibition.

Southern Regional Day held on Saturday the 7th September at the John Collie Hall in Windsor Invercargill

Each Guild puts up a small display of embroidery done over the last few years by its members. This is not a competiton it just lets us see and enjoy embroidery done in our Guilds.There is always a huge variety of embroidery types and styles.The regional day enables us to discuss National and local Guild business and plan for the coming years.This being liberally sprinked with morning and afternoon tea and an extensive lunchtime, and also small workshops were available. This year Jan Gibb of BJ Colourways organised 3 small project kits: small pixie slippers and two surface embroidery projects.

North Otago Regional day table

North Otago Regional day table

North Otago Regional day table

North Otago Regional day table

Eastern Otago Regional day table

Eastern Otago Regional day table

Central Otago Regional day table

Central Otago Regional day table

031 030

Otago Guilds table at Regional day

 033032

Queenstown Guild regional day table

Southland Guild Regional Day table

Southland Guild Regional Day table

006

006 007 008 009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This table on the left commemorates a Estelle Shaw who passed away 2 weeks ago.She was a long term member of our Guild,a tutor and mentor to many. Estelle will be missed by all of us.

 

 

 

 

Hard working ringawera: June, Jackie and Pam .Thank you ladies for looking after us all.

Hard working ringawera: June, Jackie and Pam .Thank you ladies for looking after us all.

 

Trash and Treasure table ladies:Marilyn and Helen Thank you for your work all day.

Trash and Treasure table ladies:Marilyn, Helen and Christine. Thank you for your work all day.

Thanks to the door and raffle sellers.Erin,Eleanor and Freda.

Thanks to the door and raffle sellers.Erin,Eleanor and Freda.

 

Let us not forget the business of the Regional day!Margaret Kennedy on the podium and Betty Snell introducing her.

Let us not forget the business of the Regional day!Margaret Kennedy on the podium and Betty Snell introducing her.

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Ideas for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design
from talk by Ngaire Webster

There are 6 categories to choose from – Traditional Hussif, Endemic Birds of NZ, Miniature, Contemporary, 3D and Open. Here are a few pointers to help you on your way…

» All work must be original, not from a pattern or workshop. You can use techniques learnt from these however.

» Work in colours you are happy with. Use a colour wheel to help you choose your colour scheme – complementary colours etc. The Guild hopes to purchase one for your use at Guild.

» Your design needs to have people look into the picture or design. You don’t want them having their eye drawn out to the edge of it and away somewhere else – eg someone else’s work.

» Draw out your idea onto a piece of paper ( don’t worry about the overall size until you are finished ) Subject to what you are going to make divide it up into equal 1/3 rds in both directions, the centre 1/3 rd is where you want peoples eye to be drawn to.

» If doing the NZ bird then make sure it is placed so it is looking into the picture, not out. This goes with people, animals, in fact anything with eyes!

» Hussif – crewel, hardanger, pulled and drawn thread, schwalm are some of the technique considered traditional. Choose one you are familiar with. You can adapt patterns to make them you own after-all most embroidery is taken from something already done somewhere.

» Miniature means just that, it does not mean a piece of something. Eg: a house done in miniature not just its door.

» If designing something for the contemporary section then I suggest drawing a rough sketch of the design. Make notes all around it listing ideas of colours, threads and stitches that can be used. eg; you are doing the sea and some rocks… the sea can be on a blue background fabric with chiffon to give it texture, french notes in blue and white for the foam. The rocks could be made out of felt, stuffed and painted then stitched over with running, fly and herringbone stitch. Add seed stitch and seed beads to represent some barnacles etc.

» Open section – Circle of Dreams. You can use any technique, form, size, colours, shape so long as a ‘circle’ is part of it.

» 3D – a 3 dimensional piece that is within the size limits of a maximum 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm. You can use any technique as per open section.

Don’t forget… there is always someone here within the Guild to help you. Just ask.

Decisions… Decisions…

When you decide to enter a piece of your embroidery into an exhibition, there are a number of decisions you have to make.

Design – you have to decide on the theme and then how you are going to interpret that theme

Size and Shape – will it be small, or bigger; will it be square, rectangle, round, triangular etc.?

Fabric Type – there are many fabrics to choose from.  Sometimes your choice will be determined by the type of embroidery you are doing.  You generally wouldn’t use a general fabric for counted thread work. Will it be a fabric with a slub, thin, thick, felt, blanket, velvet, silk, cotton, wool, linen, dressmaking fabric, etc.?  Will it be dyed, painted, a silk paper etc?  We are lucky for choice.

Texture and Embellishments

All sorts of things can create Texture and embellishments.  Will the texture and embellishments be…

Made by Stitches – using different types of stitches

Size of Threads – A fine thread work will give a different appearance to a work done with thicker threads, or you can combine the different weights to create texture

Use Pieces of Organza or Net to create interesting backgrounds

Ruched Fabric or Ribbon Beads and Buttons

Novelty Yarns   Silk rods or Cocoons

Gimp Thread   Felt or Blanket pieces

Lace, Knitting, Crochet pieces etc.

Stumpwork    Trapunto

Layering    Ribbons

Threads – Dull, Shiny, Thick, Thin, Irregular, Lurex…

What a privilege we have to have so many products to choose from, but we don’t have to use them all.  That is where we make our decisions to create a piece of work we are pleased with.
Jan Gibb

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….