Category Archives: Phoenix 2014 EGA Seminar

A day away from stitching

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Tour day! Rosie and I went on the same tour today with the high point being the tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, an architectural school that is still operating today. He purchased the land in 1937 and began the place and program as a camp. The early buildings had canvas roofs which were rolled up every spring when the school returned to Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin East. The tour guide was excellent describing the history, the philosophy of FLW and his approach to architecture and the environment. Maybe these photos will give you an idea of the setting.

Building blocks formed from rocks, pebbles and a minimum concrete

 

He was very interested in Asian art. He acquired a number of Chinese friezes but they were broken into pieces. He had some of his students reassemble them. They can be found all over the property.

Chinese artwork

 

Shortly after his death, the third Mrs. Wright received this fountain dragon. After placing him in several locations on the property spouting water, she moved him to his current location. She decided that a dragon does not spout water, but breathes fire! Now it is hooked up to a gas line and during events the dragon breathes a flame of fire lighting up the area.

Fire Breathing Dragon

After the ninety minute tour, we returned to the gift shop which had a number of beautiful things such as these stand glass pieces.

Gift Shop Oieces

This stop was definitely the best of the day!

Sue

 

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Day 2 of Sedona–Cathedral Rock

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My canvas is looking good! I can see myself finishing this canvas as there is no section that has me questioning whether it is something that I can accomplish. We added more sections to the scene today, including the river edge–basketweave needed for a foundation for the river, a large shrub, rocks in the river, and the river. We discussed the sky which is stitched the same way as the river but different threads obviously. Since our classroom was so dark, Lois recommended that we wait to do more than establish the stitching for the river until we get home where there will be better light. Then we will be able to see the shading done with threads better. So now I have a second canvas that I can work on if we get that blizzard that keeps me home but does not interrupt the electric power!

Cathedral Rock

Tomorrow is tour day so there will be different pictures to see.

Sue

 

Navajo Blanket

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Hi, Everyone —

I really don’t have much to blog about today.  Sue and I found a terrific fresh deli across the street and after having a wonderful lunch, we ordered salads for dinner so that we could eat quickly before merchandise night at EGA.  Plus, we discovered a creamery on site and wanted to try the ice cream before it closed at 7:00 PM.  So now we are sated and awaiting the opening of merchandise night!

“Navajo Blanket” class ended today, but I am pleased to have another class with this teacher later in the week.

Navajo Blanket comes to an end.

Navajo Blanket comes to an end.

Tomorrow Sue and I will tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s home at Taliesin West.  I’ve been looking forward to this since I heard that the EGA seminar would be in Phoenix!

Cheers,  Rosie

Cathedral Rock at Sedona

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Today was the beginning of class number two and what a great one it is! It is another scene but the picture is handled in a different way. The scene is simpler and the shading is created by blending the threads in thread painting. Because there are fewer sections of the scene, the pace to teach all of them is much less frenetic. One concept that she taught was on straightening threads for laying threads in the thread painting. Her technique was taught to us by Sue R.! I felt so smart that I already knew it. Sue told us to take one of the hair straightening irons and run the threads through the “iron”. It works great on cotton, silk and synthetic threads. And no waiting for the threads to dry as was necessary the old fashioned way.

Sedona by Lois Kershner

You can see the lines that were drawn for us on the canvas showing the different sections of the design. Today we worked on the shrubs, rocks, tree trunks and two sections of the tree leaves. One of the things I have most appreciated is that instead of compensating for the cross stitch shrubs, she has us using the continental stitch. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Sue

 

Navajo Blanket

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Hi, Everyone —

Today I started my “Navajo Blanket” class with Toni Gerdes.  This was my favorite offering at this year’s EGA seminar and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint!  Toni is a wonderful teacher and I’ve already learned about new threads and stitches!

Virtually the entire piece is stitched in wool.  I love stitching in wool.  The amazing thing is that a thread that I have seen many times and maligned many times is used in this design:  Lorikeet by Gloriana.  It is amazing and beautiful.  I always thought that it must be designed for 6 count canvas — but no — it is a 9-strand wool with a very rich, subtle color variation.  So two strands are gorgeous on Congress Cloth.  Wait until you see it in person!

Navajo Blanket -- End of Day 1

Navajo Blanket — End of Day 1

As you probably know from my prior posts, I am the angel for this class and I warned everyone that I would likely be a slacker angel.  Still, Toni presented me with this lovely needle minder as an angel gift!  I’ll be using it tomorrow!

Angel Needle Minder

Angel Needle Minder

Sue and I had a lovely dinner at an Italian restaurant that is a short walk from the hotel.  All we can say is that “It’s not Chicago!”.

All is well.  Happy Stitching!

Cheers, Rosie

Rubbing Elbows with a Celebrity!

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Hi, Everyone!

I know I’ve been a bit quiet for the last two days, but I was working on the NJNA October Meeting Summary.  It is an honor to get to see everything from the meeting even when I can’t attend in person!  I worked on it during commercials of the football game — sad to say that my team lost.

As you know from Sue’s posts, our first two days of classes are done here — which means that my first class, “Horus”, is over!  Horus is a pulled thread piece worked on linen.  It was taught by Gale Washington who was a joy and ever so patient as many of us were new to both linen and pulled threadwork.

"Horus" at the end of class.  Horus is the Egyptian God of the king, sky, war, and hunting.  A general purpose god, so to speak!

“Horus” at the end of class. Horus is the Egyptian God of the king, sky, war, and hunting. A general purpose god, so to speak!

Although I know it’s hard to see “Horus” since he is stitched with white on white, I hope you can see enough to appreciate the way the pulled threads delineate the falcon.  The blue lines will disappear when water is misted onto the linen.

Yesterday, after class, I visited the hotel pool which is just outside our room.  But, I definitely missed my water aerobics companions from Chicago seminar!

The view from our room!  The pool is the perfect temperature and depth for water exercise!

The view from our room! The pool is the perfect temperature and depth for water exercise!

Tonight was the opening banquet for the EGA Seminar.  We were seated with other attendees from the Metropolitan Region of EGA.  We learned that over 650 people are in attendance for what was anticipated to be a 500 attendee event.  This means that classes are taking every available smidgeon of space and that there isn’t a reserved space for open stitching.  Looks like they will be setting up some outdoor patios for our exclusive use!

Opening Banquet!

Opening Banquet!

Dessert!

Dessert!

By far the highlight of the banquet was Sue’s receiving one of the coveted Golden Thread awards.  Here she is accepting her award!  I clapped hard but was mad at myself for forgetting to bring my pom-pom from the Arizona football game!

Sue accepts her rose, pin, and certificate!

Sue accepts her rose, pin, and certificate!

Maria, Sue, and Janice

Maria, Sue, and Janice

Tomorrow, I will start “Navaho Blanket” with Toni Gerdes — this was my first choice among all of the potential classes.  I am the angel for this class and am pleased to show off my angel pin — a special design for this Dreams and Legends Seminar.

My beautiful dream catcher angel pin!

My beautiful dream catcher angel pin!

Stay tuned for more regular reporting — and shorter posts!

Cheers!  Rosie

Second day of Winter in the High Country

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We continued on our various snow banks of winter with a variety of both stitches and threads. I was anxiously awaiting the trees as that was the part that seemed to me to be the least structured. Finally after the afternoon break we started on the trees which ARE very randomly stitched in a fly stitch. The first thread we used was so thick and rough, the stitches are not smooth and cover a multitude of sins! I did not finish that tree because I did want to stitch at least one tree with the silk to see if I had major issues. So far it looks good.m the last portion of the class was going over the sections we had not yet stitched and for which the directions were really incomplete. It will be interesting to see what my finished product looks like! I am on my own for bushes, mountains, shading of the sky, etc. Much of this I should be able to figure out from the photo.

A few more snow banks

 

The canvas is really white, not sure why it appears to be so yellow!

I spent some time in the boutique today. Just Nan designed a Gingerbread notebook exclusively for the shop, ABC Stitch Therapy, to be sold first at the Seminar. Denise B. asked me to pick it up for her so she would be sure to get it.

Ornament stitched into the design

 

Another class, new techniques, more fun tomorrow!

Sue