Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Yesterday I was at the Oriental Museum, Durham with the Embroiderers Guild volunteers who help with conservation of the textiles there. We were cleaning, assessing and recording a box of full of interesting embroideries and I took some pics of my favourites for you to see here.
These details are from an embroidered collar and I was taken not just with the exquisite silk shading but also with the expressions on the characters faces.
The collar above has been damaged and is only a fragment but the embroidery is so fine and detailed I could look at it forever. You really need a magnifying glass to appreciate all the delicate detail.
The panel to the left is appliqued in silk but each figure and flower is padded, raising it from the background. I love its vibrant colours and the expressions on the ladies faces. Needless to say the stitching is perfect too.
I finished the day at Chris de Burgh's concert at the Sage, Gateshead. A fantastic evening with songs old and new and a great atmosphere.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Today I have been to Huddersfield to talk to the EG Branch about Raised Embroidery. It wasn't the best weather for driving and not the easiest place to get to from here but the warm welcome I received made up for it and I had a lovely afternoon.
Tomorrow I am off to the the Oriental Museum in Durham for some more stitching. I am so lucky to be doing what I enjoy - I've hardly noticed the miserable weather we are having.