Jane B (knally) wrote,
Jane B
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Embroidered Knot Gardens

Yesterday I went to my first Embroidery Now class this year. It was Embroidered Knot Gardens, given by Owen Davies who's an enthusiastic and cheerful tutor. I've enjoyed all the courses I've been on for many reasons; it's wonderful to have RSN teachers explaining techniques to you (and not to have to travel to London for it); actually seeing how to do a technique is so much easier than trying to work it out from a book; the opportunity to spend a day stitching is very rare; and it's lovely to be with other stitchers. I think the Knot Garden technique may be the one I do more of in the future. Because it's canvas work, it means the bulk of the stitches are counted thread work, which I prefer, but also it has plenty of scope for doing experimental things, and if they don't quite work they may still fit into the garden.




One of the fun things we did was a Topiary bush, which is a pom-pom trimmed down and steamed to make a very realistic bush. You can see it in the picture below, and I think I'll make a slightly larger knot garden and fit it onto that, since I didn't trim it down quite enough. We all started off with the same basic shape, but since we all went for different colours and used a different thickness of thread in our needles, it wasn't long before we all had something quite unique. One of the stitchers brought along a vegetable knot garden that she was working on, and she experimented with a strip of Marks and Spencer bag to see if that could imitate a young lettuce.




Owen's gardens have lots of techniques, and it was great to get the chance to study them in detail.



You can see in this small corner how it's possible to use lots of techniques and accessories combined.



More details about Knot gardens and the book Owen and Gill have produced is here
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