This week I thought I would share with you the achievement of Lee Courtney of Canton USA. Lee was a student of the online embroidery course in June 2011 and her piece won first prize in the Callaway School Of Needlearts competition last week. Who says great things don’t come from humble beginnings? I feel very proud of Lee for her achievement, her stitching is superb and check out that shiny blue ribbonJ I personally have never seen one of those in the flesh! Congratulations Lee. You can click on the image for a larger view.
Lee states: “I think what I really learned working this piece was to use a magnifier and work to make each stitch exactly placed. I can’t thank you enough for training me to do that.”
It has been my experience that a magnifying light can make all the difference to one’s needle painting – it is virtually impossible to see this type of work without some aid. Although I did have a 90 year old on one of my workshops who did not wear spectacles (I was mortified!), the majority of us can do with a little help way before we hit 90! I worked for many years without one but when I finally conceded I was horrified to see my stitches all over the place and I cannot tell you what a difference it made to my embroidery thereafter.
Fortunately for us, magnifying lamps have come a long way from those huge cumbersome things that took up most of the lounge area – there is a nifty little magnifying lamp available from the daylight company: http://uk.daylightcompany.com/product/table-magnifying-lamp/ it is portable and does the job adequately so for those of you who can’t afford the large, slimline version this is a good alternative and can be carried with you to your embroidery workshops and meetings.
Next week I am going to give you a peek behind the scenes of preparing for a stitching convention. Wherever you are in the world have a wonderful week and happy stitching. Trish