Since joining the Jersey branch of the Embroiderer's Guild last year I've reignited my enjoyment of creating with fabric & threads. Not having embroidered since a child it was quite an eye opener seeing how stiching & textile art has evolved over the years.......we are no longer laboriously working satin, stem & chain stich (the only 3 stitches I knew) on printed tray cloths & dressing table sets, but being far more creative & even incorporating mixed media with textiles & stitch........I havn't quite reached that stage, but watch this space!
My first project, as most, was inspired by the seashore where I live. I've always leaned towards texture & dimension so it was suggested by some Guild members I try Encrusted Calico, see here for project instructions.
I've had great fun working on this piece making it up as I went along & learn't quite a few new stitches along the way: Cup stitch, Parma braid (stems of the Fan worms), Woven picots, Buttonhole bars & Woven Stars to name a few.