I love all kinds of stitching and enjoy learning, experimenting with and sharing new techniques. Married with 3 children, 2 daughters and a son, a dog and four cats, I also get involved with my daughters 3 horses.
I've spent today at the Oriental Museum here in Durham amongst some wonderful stitching. A small group of us from the Durham Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild volunteer at the museum each month and are privilged to see and help to conserve some amazing needlework. This butterfly is from a silk jacket and you can see more pics like this in my picassa album here http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/patashtonsmith/ChineseEmbroidery#
The jacket is currently on display at the museum along with many other treasures. http://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/ The museum celebrates its jubilee on May 28th with a special exhibition which will include a fabulous Dragon Robe (right) there are some more photos of this at the link above but it needs to be seen up close to really appreciate the incredible stitching. Some of the Pekin Knot work is so fine you need a magnifying glass to see the individual knots! If you are in this part of the world do pay the exhibition a visit just to see this.