Today I enjoyed an outing to what we call "Town and Country". Hosted by the Embroiderers and Lacemakers' Guild in Auckland, this day long event heralds the start of our Guild year. Although numbers were down a little it was fun to meet up and be inspired by seeing what others have done and are doing.
One of the speakers was Lesley who had been a model stitcher for Mary Hickmott of "New Stitches" fame. I was particularly interested to hear her as that magazine was responsible for me extending my repertoire from 'fancywork' and cross stitch to other forms of embroidery such as blackwork, hardanger and pulled thread. I owe Mary Hickmott a lot, and after listening to Lesley today I am convinced that I am indebted to the wonderful model stitchers too. Lesley had created this huge blackwork masterpiece. Isn't it spectacular?
here. Today at Town and Country I found an autographed copy of the original book containing the design.
I'm off to watch Antiques Road Show now :-)