Making Temari

Wendy offered to teach a workshop for anyone wanting to give Temari making a try and several of us jumped at the opportunity.  Temari is a Japanese craft where yarn is wrapped tightly around a base material such as old fabric, and then wrapped again with a layer of thread.  The surface is then stitched with colorful embroidery in a variety of patterns.  We used a styrofoam ball for our base and then decorated them with the kiku design.  It was a lot of fun, with the wrapping-in-progress balls suddenly escaping our grasp and skittering across the floor.  They finally did get covered and ready for embellishing and pictures of the completed temari will appear in a later post.   Thank you, Wendy!



Our Growing Library

More Books!

More additions, encompassing a wide range of needlearts:

Raised Embroidery (RSN), by Kelley Aldridge – Raised embroidery, including padded embroidery, needlelace, and stumpwork.  This book includes techniques, materials, design and seven patterns.

Goldwork (RSN), by Helen McCook – All you wanted to know about traditional goldwork, its history, materials, methods and six designs.

Crewelwork (RSN), by Jacqui McDonald – Technique history, materials, methods and design.

Inspirations, A Passion for Needlework – Stumpwork, whitework, surface embroidery, needle painting.  Twelve embroidery projects from Inspirations Magazine, so you  know they’re beautiful!

Sardinian Knotted Embroidery, by Yvette Stanton – Beautiful geometric whitework:  how to do it and eleven projects.

Stumpwork Embroidery Techniques and Projects, by Helen Richman – This book begins with an introductin to materials, equipment and tools, and goes on to cover lots of stitches and techniques, finishing, presenting, and caring for stumpwork.  It also includes ten lovely projects.

The Library Keeps Growing

Our librarian has been building our reference materials by getting several more of the invaluable A to Z series:

Embroidered Motifs – Tons of motifs, using bullion knots, that you can add to your embroidery.

Ribbon Embroidery – A comprehensive manual covering 42 stitches, 41 designs and 50 patterns!

Silk Ribbon Embroidery – Instructions for 32 buitiful flowers made of silk ribbon.

Whitework – Ayrshire, Broderie Anglaise, Candlewicking, Carrickmacross, Cutwork, Hedebo, Madeira, Mountmellick, Shadow Work, and Tambour – all in this one book.

Needlepoint – Would you like to add texture and variety to your needlepoint?  This book has directions for 68 stitches.

20 Years!

The Alderney Needlearts Guild was formed in 1998, bringing us to twenty years of exploring all styles of needlework.  It’s amazing just how many forms of embroidery there are, with the older techniques being made new again by imaginative designers.    Beading and quilting have also been embraced by needleartists, with the growing popularity of “crazy quilts” which include many styles of embroidery in their execution and bead embroidery that uses glass beads in place of thread to create beautiful designs.

Recently, our group has welcomed several new members and we’re looking forward to twenty more years of sharing the joys of embroidery, learning modern techniques and remembering the old, keeping them relevant and vibrant.