I just returned home from teaching for 10 days for my wonderful friend Deirdre who is the owner of Out of Hand in Calgary, Canada. I have been sharing my embellishment techniques with many of her clients for the past five years. Having made some good friends I always love returning to see what they are all creating. Deirdre’s store is one of my favorites to teach at as it is stocked with the best selection of textile fabrics, embellishments and trinkets. It is like an Aladdin’s cave full of wonderful eye candy to stitch with.
I taught a two day Circle Play class followed by a 4 day Design Class. Each student in the design class created a unique piece each layering the background then creating a textural appliqué using images that were meaningful to themselves. Many chose flowers others favorite places they had traveled including childhood memories. We also discussed and working through what embellishments would work for each individual piece. Much fun was had my all. I challenged each one of them to bring there completed pieces next year when I return to teach.
For the next four days we embellished flowers and birds. These are new classes I have been teaching recently and are a lot of fun as they incorporate many dimensional stitches.
I have been on the road constantly in the last few months just having time to do a little blogging but no time to share much other exciting news. In fact I calculated I have slept in my own bed 6 nights since July 15. I am not complaining as I am so grateful for so much work and the fact that everyone I meet is so excitement about my embellished pieces. In between teaching I am frantically writing books and stitching on new samples for Houston market. I am really excited as we have many new projects in the works for Houston. We will be sharing these soon. My daughter Kelly does a fabulous job writing the Sue Spargo Twee blog and helps keep up with the news from the studio. Follow her at www.suespargo.com/weblog for store updates