On Saturday I am off to the Mary Ward Centre to do the first Saturday of a two day course called ‘Scrumptious Stitch’. I did a course there before Christmas – a partner to this one called ‘Subversive Stitch’ which looked at what subversive means and has meant in the history of stitch with lots of practical exercises. We used text in a sampler style for a phrase that appealed to us. I picked ‘Oh what a piece of work is a (wo)man!’ which was the first thing that shot into my head . (It was only after I had finished stitching it that the Scotsman commented that I was misquoting and not in the way I meant to. It should be ‘Oh what a piece of work is (wo)man!’)
We also stitched into a postcard – mine was a Magritte postcard of clouds. I cut out and collaged some fluffy sheep in amongst the clouds and then sewed over with white thread…an idea which, if I ever find time, I will consider adapting to make greetings cards with… How to ‘add value’ using embroidery without spending hours stitching.
Everyone on the course was agreed that two days wasn’t enough for a hand embroidery course – particularly for the novice stitchers – it used to be three…we were also pretty much all agreed on the deliciousness of the food in the Mary Ward Cafe….I used to go there for lunch regularly when I worked nearby.
Anyway I have sorted out a whole load of bits of silk and velvet, beads, sequins etc and look forward to the chance to make something of them.