Thursday, September 17, 2020

Alsatian Urn

In a perfect world, this post would be filled with pictures of our wonderful week of teaching at Baltimore on the Prairie at Lied Lodge in Nebraska. Sadly, COVID interfered with that perfect plan, but we are still anticipating with excitement the opportunity to visit next year,  September 8–11, 2021. You can visit the BOTP website, linked above, for all the details of the conference and see more about the classes we will be teaching, but we thought we would give you an "up-close and personal" tour of our blocks here on the blog. This week we will look at our first session, and next week, we’ll look at Session B. 

A couple of years ago, when I (Teri) visited Kara in Germany, we spent a day in the Alsace region of France. I loved the small villages and was enthralled by the stitching inspiration everywhere we looked. I took hundreds, maybe thousands, of photos of shutters, signs, buildings, etc., of potential designs. You may have seen a few in our work, in fact!

You don't see many functional shutters with this kind of charm here in Maryland!

We visited several small villages, including Riquewihr.

I loved the quaint charm of this village, from the colors of the buildings and window boxes to the cobblestone streets.

On a later visit to Riquewihr, Kara saw this stunning antique wardrobe. We both knew that it would make a beautiful appliqué design. Indeed, it inspired our Alsatian Urn, the first class we will be teaching at Baltimore on the Prairie 2021. 

Session A: Wednesday–Thursday, September 8–9, 2021

This class will explore a variety of materials to achieve textural dimension with our wool appliqué. We will be playing with different kinds of ribbon, threads, and stitches. Let's take a closer look at the elements of this block.

Wool and stuffed velvet flower with silk ribbon, silk and wool thread embroidery

Wool flower with silk and wool thread embroidery and a gathered ribbon leaf

Wool flower with silk thread and silk ribbon embroidery

Wool appliquéd flowers with embroidered wool daisy petals and silk ribbon leaves

Wool appliquéd flower with ruched and embroidered ribbon

Wool with silk thread embroidery and ruched ribbon tape

Wired-ribbon petals with wool and velvet center, with silk ribbon and thread embroidery

Wool urn with embroidered design 

We would be delighted to have you join us in our first class, Alsatian Urn. So many textures and so much fun!

Alsatian Urn, by Through the Needle's Eye


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