Friday, April 20, 2012

Adventures in Stitching

We had a wonderful time at our workshop at the Teahouse with Rebecca Ringquist.
First she had us do lots of contour drawing with right and left hands. Then we did timed embroidery pieces of the drawings. It was a fun way to loosen us up and try different ways to draw and stitch.
These are a few of my attempts at quick stitching.

This is part of a larger piece I worked on the second day. It already had some heirloom embroidery on it for me to play with....

another part of the same piece. I machine stitched the flowers and then stitched around them by hand.
Penny and I stitched late at night in our hotel until midnight we were having so much fun.

We really enjoyed the great atmosphere at the Teahouse. Maty Rose painted while we stitched and she catered the best lunches for us. One of the chefs had worked for Alice you know it was fresh, local and healthy and delicious! We had good weather for the weekend so we ate our lunch outside with a view of the Berkeley hills.

Here are a few of Rebecca's incredible work. This first one is a sampler that she sells as well as several others fun ones.

This one she was working on in class. Lots of layers....

Our class photos at the end of the day on Sunday. We had a really great group of artists and had fun helping each other with ideas and sharing fabric and inspiration.

I had to get a photo with Rebecca! She is a sweetheart and great teacher. 
Highly recommend taking a class with her if you get the chance!

One last photo of Rebecca showing us  some machine embroidery tips.

Hopefully tomorrow I will post some more photos of our trip. We had a fun shopping day in San Francisco before our class. And some more fun time in Berkeley on Monday.
Hope your weekend is creatively wonderful.


Hazel Terry said...

Wow some beautiful work looks wonderful. Have a lovely weekend Mary.

Tammy Burks said...

Looks like a fun and inspiring day!

grace said...

Hi Mary,
Gorgeous! Fun! Wonderful!
Can't wait to see more!

Pixie said...

WOW,, amazing embroidery, such patience...what great inspiration.

Hugs Pixie x

Dot said...

Loved seeing the photo's of your smiling face Mary! Looks like the perfect weekend. Your sewing is beautiful.
Dot x