Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sue Spargo Workshop

Up bright and early this morning and down to 'Amitie' in Bentleigh. I spent the day at Sue Spargo's workshop. I did a workshop with her last year and it was wonderful. Today's was even better.
Today we were making her 'Greta' needleroll. You can see hers if you go to her website and also her blog.
We could have the background in any colour and fabric we liked, although hers had been done with velvet and silk matka. The applique is done with felted wool and embellished with beads, ribbon,velvet and thread.
Here is Sue explaining what she uses for embellishments on another project of hers.

This is a close-up of the bird on the above piece. I love the shape of her birds and although this shape seems to be used throughout her patterns no two are ever the same because of the fabric,ricrac,beads and threads that she uses.

This is another workshop. Every leaf is totally different. They all have different stitches and fabrics.

We had a delicious lunch supplied by Jenny and her husband and the day just flew past.
Here is what I achieved. This is the outside of the needleroll. It will fold into three when finished,
so the centre piece of fabric, will be the back when closed and it will have a label on it. The piece to the left- the patterned fabric on the lower half is a pocket and the piece on the right is the front of the needleroll and still has a velvet flower to be added along with threads, beads and felted roving balls for decoration. Melissa who is Sue's travelling companion on this trip showed us how to make the balls. The inside when I get to it has several pockets, scissor keep, thread holder,needlecase and a velvet bird for a pin cushion. I highly recommend ,if you get a chance ,you go to one of Sue's workshops.

It was a great day and she's coming back to Australia in 2012.


Adele said...

Looks like a grand day you had Dorothy.

Would love to see a pic of the needleroll on your blog once finished.

Adele xx

Lisa said...

I knew she was in Australia, and wondered when someone was going to post about her. I have taken several classes with her. Isn't she fun! I've signed up for her classes her through 2012, too. Would love to see the needleroll when it's finished.