Well here they are, "The Helper Mice". They are for the next Children's Embroidery Class to be held at the Queensland Embroiderers' Guild on Tuesday 30th September and Thursday 2nd of October, 2014. These mice compliment the "Sewing Mice" that we stitched back in June. They complete the set, although I think they are pretty nice on their own.
As with all the Children's Classes I have designed in the past there are designs that can be stitched by those that have no experience right through to the inclusion of some challenges for the more experienced. There is also plenty of scope for the children to include their own designs. The pin cushions are where they can really let rip. They can pick their own embroidery design, draw the face they want 'their mouse' to have and pick the tail they would like.
There are three different mice to chose from for the needle case and I'm rather pleased with those tails that tie to close the case.
The scissor keeper was a challenge. I originally wanted it to be a piece of cheese but the closest I could get was a triangular shape.
To dress it up a bit the children can embroider it, or use some beads, but I think the charms are going to be the most popular. That little mouse has a bow on it's tail and it's own piece of cheese. The beads add a bit of colour.
The cat looks like a 'Miss Kitty' kind of cat and is riding a bicycle. My friend and I had to sort through a huge pile of charms to find the only 25 that were in the shop, so not everyone is going to get one of these.
I can see that everyone will want a mouse AND a cat.
If you know a child (6 years to 16 years) who would be interested it attending this class you can contact -
the Class Register, Hilary Crawfoot on 0427 726 836
or leave a message on the Guild answering machine – (07) 3252 8629,
I know this book is about the same technique as that written by Yvette Stanton but it never hurts to have more than one source when learning a new technique. This book is a translation from the Italian version written by a group of women who met 'virtually'. (I think if you went digging into the Italian Embroidery blog written by Jeanine you would be able to find all the authors.) The other thing that is interesting is that this is a print on demand book from Amazon. It isn't presented on the finest paper and I think the binding is a bit flimsy.
What I like about this book is that it presupposes that you know nothing. Great for learning something new. I personally find the instructions very clear and the images easy to understand. There is a good chapter on the background of the stitch, how to finish edges and get the pattern around a corner. The other thing I like is the colour coding of the sequence of stitching a design.
This is the book I am going to use to learn the technique. I was struggling with the other book. Better to start from the very simple. I should have all my "Helper Mice" stitched by this week and when I get them out of the way I can begin.
I am back on Grandmother duty with the children having relapsed again with high temperatures and the flu. I had to be on duty at 6.30am this morning so have been up long before the birds. Luckily I finished my TAST sample last night. My other stitching, especially my samples for the next children's class, is suffering. (I'm kind of hoping that Sharon will have a rest week this week I'm getting so far behind.)
Stitches No 126 & 127
I decided that I needed to do both stitches to make a band so here are my stitches for this week. Not quite the same as the those demonstrated, I have used different beads and then added extras to hide the holes were two lots of stitching meets.
You can get instructions for this stitch and see how others have stitched it over at Pintangle.