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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Still seeing red!

As I am working away with my red beads I decided to grab my camera and run around the house (random I know) looking for anything that is red - this is what I found...

Looking down on the tulips! Think they would look great as a painting!
The red brayer I used for painting the canvas background that I am still beading on.

Washing - how boring!

Cross-stitch, not sure what its for!

Hows that for a boring post!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Red Challenge!

In our local embroidery guild, the President has set a challenge to be completed for our AGM, that is quickly coming up in November.  This year the piece just has to be quite simply Red!  This is because the local guild here "North Otago" is turning 40 (Ruby celebration) next March!

I have been pondering over this all year and have just recently decided what I am going to do!  I begun my piece about a week ago so will share with you some progress pics.

at the beginning(gotta start somewhere)

phew! got a tiny bit done!
 I am not going to give away what it is just yet - but will say that it will be approximately 24" long and 9" wide.  I hope to get it finished on time, so will endeavour to share pics of the finished article then. 

Times flying!!!!! BETTER GET BACK TO THE BEADING!!!!!!!!!! ......keep watching this space.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bayevx Tapestry

Last week I stitched up a very small picture from the border of the Bayevx Tapestry. It is very small so don't get too excited!  (didn't take to long either!)

The Bayevx Tapestry is an orginal work made in the 11th century and depicts the the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England as well as the events of the invasion itself. The tapestry is annotated in Latin. It is exhibited in a special museum in Bayevx, Normandy and one day I would love to get the chance to see it!  I brought a copy of this book (seen below) at a cute, two storied book store in Melbourne last October.  From memory the book store was called "The House On Hill" book shop, and if you ever get the chance to go there, its a great store to check out!  I also should find the time to check out the 1/2 scale replica made using hundreds of thousands of small pieces of steel by Michael Linton of Geraldine.  I believe it took about 20 years to complete!
 Anyway here is my very small adaption of a very small part of the border which is on one of the pages in this book.  I have turned my piece into a small diary for 2011.  I laced it with a twisted cord  which can be undone, to enable the pages to be reasembled for other years.  I used the Bayevx stitch which does not use much thread across the back of the fabric, and as you will see I have not done it original because I have changed the colours!

Google it! - There is loads of pictures, video clips and information!