Now, looking at my life, what exactly do I REALLY REALLY need? Truth be told, more needlework projects are probably NOT at the top of the list.
But what the heck! They're (marginally) cheaper than therapy. . . and less hazardous to the health than drinking or smoking. And there are so many fabulous projects out there.
Temptation is all around me, and yes, I have succumbed again. . . most recently to two fabulous 17th century inspired creations by Tricia Nguyen. . .both taught at Williamsburg earlier this month.
Day 1 of two days of classes was spent drooling over a raft of newly made threads including silk gimps, crimped gold, and silk covered perle perles. . .all materials for a jaunty lion surrounded by a cartouch-like outline. Here's the picture of the finished lion. Isn't he cute?
Day 2 was a 17th century goldwork class. Here's Tricia's version of the design, but in class we concentrated on trying out some new stitches. . . with Tricia suggesting we choose our favorites for our own actual piece. . . .so it will probably be a good while before I'm ready to tackle more than a doodle cloth for this piece.
This class does dovetail nicely with the on-line Gold Master Class. So my plan here is to jump back into the Master Class. . . perhaps even organizing my doodle stitching so I have stitched samples of the various stitches right at hand for when I eventually start in on THIS goldwork piece.
It will be quite a challenge. . .but provide nice insight into the extraordinary amount of work that went into some of the historical pieces.
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