At the beginning of the year, Yasuko Kobayashi from Japan sent me pictures of her Easter eggs. She worked many of them them following the instructions in my booklet Embroiderd Easter Eggs. She presented them on her blog https://kokemomos.exblog.jp.
If there is interest in learning how to work such eggs, I will provide a weekend class in March 2020. Please email me with your request.
In 2019, Monika Müller from Germany worked projects in my lesson books. With great skill she mastered the Tulip wreath of lesson #2.
Monika then did an excellent job in working a sampler that was presented in lesson #4.
She crowned it with her initials and the year and then framed it. The finished project is an eye catcher.
Bettina Konhäuser from Germany was very busy embroidering this year.
She first worked a parade
of different pillowcases.
By the way, I am preparing a new exhibition in which pillowcases will be in abundance. Look forward to an announcement this summer.
Bettina learned to make thread buttons.
She used the handmade buttons to close the pillowcases.
Bettina also worked a door hanging with a pretty and elaborate needle-weaving hem and a whitework. The center motifs have various filling patterns from my books and my blog.
Cynthia Russell from United States used a design from Stickereien and filling Patterns from several of my pattern books – Wickelstiche, Limetrosen I, Openwork Needle-weaving Patterns, and Stars to create a beautiful table runner.
All her stitches turned out excellently.
Margrit Michaux from France featured the Happel Hearts in a new and lovely project; the hearts decorate individual gift bags!
She also worked a small table runner. She told me that she is a novice to Schwalm whitework, but her work looks like that of someone with much more experience. Her work looks perfect for a beginner. Nevertheless she is searching for a class she can take. Does anyone know of a course not too far away from 88100 France?
Sandra Meredith-Neve from United States worked the elaborate long horizontal bird border. Her stitches and her filling patterns turned out excellently. The runner is gorgeous. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get such a long piece – the border itself is 2.14 m long – into one photo. She made an extravagant home decoration that is always admired.
Another lady sent me pictures of her gorgeous sampler cloth.
She made the division per my book Openwork Pattern Samplers. Then she used several of my pattern books to fill the – I count 61 in all! – squares. In the end she got a stunning and absolutely unique piece. She wrote, “I am so proud of my work, wanted to share it with you.”
It is most impressive that she worked a beautiful and elaborate edging on such a long hem. The edging is from my instructions for A Wide hem with a folded Peahole Edging. She deserves admiration for such an accomplishment.
Thanks a million to those who gave me permission to feature their projects in this blog post.
I take pride in everyone’s accomplishments using my publictions.
Many more people work along my descriptions and instructions. However, not all want to share their work nor have the time to embroider many hours. Please don’t be discouraged: smaller pieces can turn out very pretty and I enjoy the feedback. It shows that my instructions are clear enough to work without the help from outside. It verifies that my method is the right way. And all this motivates and encourages me, makes me happy, and is the best pay for my hard work.
Searching for classes in Germany and the nearby countries was not very successful. Many course instructors stopped teaching already, others are old; their end of teaching is foreseeable. Therefore it is important to have precise written instructions such as those found in my books.