Sunday, 27 October 2013

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

Yesterday we attended the West Country Embroiderers' AGM at Totnes, Devon.  It was really lovely to meet so many friends and ladies that I had met at my workshops.  The AGM was celebrating 40 years since the foundation of West Country Embroiderers, so to celebrate such an achievement the guest speakers were Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn.  As you can imagine their talk, Rhythms and Counter Rhythms was superb and I am sure we were all greatly inspired.
Jan's pictures were landscapes, many of the same field but at different times of the year whilst Jean produced fascinating pictures inspired by her Victorian house whilst it was being restored plus pictures inspired by Charmouth and its fossils.  They described their work and explained how the pieces were created, such as, machine stitched, hand stitched, then use the Embellisher and then machine stitched and hand stitched again, thereby creating lots of layers.  Unfortunately I did not get any time to look at the pieces on display but the slides were sensational.
Sadly I had no opportunity to take photos but the images on this blog are from our bog garden.  Just imagine how you could give these amazing leaves the 'Jan and Jean' treatment regardless of your craft.

TRY - add another layer to your projects - maybe hand or machine stitching, one new technique or a colour you don't normally use - you could get a pleasant surprise!
A huge thank you to the ladies of Totnes branch for their excellent hospitality.

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