2009 has started with fewer members coming to Guildford Club days for various reasons including High School and sports teams committments. In February we made a Chicken Scratch bookmark on checked gingham fabric. This technique uses basic cross stitch which is then "laced" with other threads in different patterns. We used contrasting coloured threads for a less traditional look.
In March we looked at the project featured in the latest YTFG magazine "The International Year of Astronomy" called Celestial Lights. This will be offered as a mini-workshop at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show on the Embroiderers' Guild Stand in Area C of the Arts Pavilion at 11 am till 12.30 pm on Wednesday 22nd April, which is Children's Day at the Show. Cost is $3 to cover the kit. The kids at Guildford all enjoyed making their version of a sun or star pin with a secret flashing ingredient !
In April, we made a canvaswork wristcuff. This project was shown at the Annual Leaders Meeting by Nepean Club leader Del White, so I picked 2 or 3 stitches I thought the kids would enjoy and worked a sample. On Club day, 2 older girls worked long headbands in Gobelin stitch in black ,gold and silver threads, one worked a wristcuff and another made a bookmark!! So a project sample can inspire lots of other design possibilities. Let your imagination run free!