Schedule – The Alpine Experience | Summer Craft Classes | Les Carroz, French Alps

Schedule – The Alpine Experience | Summer Craft Classes | Les Carroz, French Alps
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So excited, my next course, excited to know what Nicola Jarvis sampler I will spend the next six months stitching!

Great weekend on the allotment!

Sunshine, Sun Lounger, Sun soaked Veggies, Sunny greenhouse, what more do you need in life!

Tomatoes planted and making good progress!

Asparagus grown from seed last year!

This year’s black currants.

Just planted, Celeriac, Runner beans and French Climbing Beans!

Organic matter to fertilise next year’s beds.

First time grown, Cape Gooseberry, not sure what they will turn out like!

Second sampler, Florentine Bargello!

A rewarding pattern to stitch, builds quickly and very easy to complete without having to constantly refer to the pattern. I took inspiration from a completed piece I found on a favourite blog: See second photo.

It’s a great blog, really interesting, with great embroidery, including hardanger!

Left Behind!

Packed everything except my Needlework Pageant book! Lost, lost, lost! I imagine I am feeling like Micheal Portillo would if he lost his Bradshaw’s.

So, whilst at home in Winchester this week, I thought I would try something different. I’ve always been interested in Florentine Bargello work. It’s something about the setting out of flat wool stitches in a mathematical pattern, which never really reveals itself until you’ve given up two to three hours of your time stitching.

I think it is really amazing how so many books, samplers, patterns, techniques have evolved from a series of chairs that can be found in the Bargello Palace in Florence. (A flame stitch pattern.)

The small sampler I’ve stitched takes inspiration from a piece stitched by Elsy965 (Flickr). This is my best effort with the limited range of crewel wool I brought down in my suitcase. Loved doing it, but could have done without Danielle Steele playing in the background!

Doni Tondo – the frame

After recovering from a period of recent ill health, I’ve spent the afternoon learning about a frame I saw when visiting the Uffizi Gallery last December. Whilst it goes without saying that the panel painting of the Madonna is quite exquisite, from my point of view as an embroiderer who is constantly looking for ideas for patterns and designs, it is the frame that holds my attention. The painting is still in the original frame. What really captured my attention as I approached the painting was the five heads which protrude from the frame. In one senior moment, the thought crossed my mind that they were reaching out to say hello and bid me welcome. There are carvings of half-moons, stars and what I think are fruit or some sort of vegetation. Possibly, lions’ heads? Scholars suggest that some of these forms are taken from the Doni and Strozzi coats of arms. When in Florence I saw the Strozzi family coats of arms, containing amongst other things, three crescent moons. How connected everything is!