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The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild 17th - 19th January - part the third

  A lovely sample using torn strips of paper serviette along with the newspaper, painted Bondaweb and sparkle. I have spread this trip over 3 posts as the ladies produced some fabulous samples on both workshops. A New Starting Point is my newspaper based workshop that also combines printing onto the backgrounds with printing blocks.  The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild is a thriving group of all ages but as with all groups they can always do with more members. If you live anywhere near Belfast and fancy joining in the fun - go to - they can also be found on Facebook - https:/ You have already seen the build up to these samples in the previous post - here are what was produced by the end of the day -  Painted and dyed newspaper decorated with painted Bondaweb, gilding flake, heat transfer foils, glitter and anything else to hand.         Then the printing blocks came out - the idea

The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild 17th - 19th January - part the second

 It was worth having a little hint in the last post - Janet sent me 2 images of how she is beginning to stitch in to her samples.    Starting to look good . . .   The one day workshop on Sunday was A New Starting Point - the day started well with Noel cooking me an 'Ulster fry' - How could I refuse???    A girl needs a good start to the day . . . I must say that the ladies of The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild are very good fun - and also VERY talented. I had the best weekend teaching this fabulous group of women.  The ladies working hard.    Just look at that bottom lip . . . !!!! Joanne/Joanna was particularly good fun.    Lots of layering of papers, painted Bondaweb and of course - sparkles.             The papers were then printed onto - preferably with a colour that is already in the works so the print isn't tooooo 'in your face'!!        I will show you the finished samples in

The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild 17th - 19th January - part the first

  A fabulous sample created on the short On the Surface workshop Saturday afternoon. After a dismal start on Friday - I eventually arrived in Belfast 4 hours late. I missed my flight as the M23 was closed due to flooding. A journey that usually takes 30 minutes took three and a half hours - aarrgHH!!! I was met by the lovely Janet who whisked me away to look at the sea and then off to a local bird sanctuary - Castle Espie, where I had the best rhubarb pie and ice cream I have ever had - deeelicious! Then it was on to Chez Breen to meet Catherine and Noel my hosts for the next two nights. I have never been so well looked after. This post will be in three parts as these lovely ladies created a great deal of fabulous work. On Saturday morning I delivered my lecture which was well received - then we had lunch and I taught a short version of On the Surface. In just two and a half hours the group produced some beautiful work. The group working hard . . . Very