What an absolute pleasure it was to have Sue and her sister Wendy spend the weekend with us at Precious Time. In that quietly spoken lady lives a generous and gracious heart that all the ladies in class were witness to. Sue and Wendy arrived early Friday morning bright eyed and well rested – this may be due to Qantas upgrading the girls to Business Class. The girls original flights were altered which meant they spent many hours waiting at LA airport as well as the disruption to their schedule – so they well and truly deservedthe upgrade – the only problem is they now want to travel Business Class all the time. How they wish……. The above piece is new from Sue and it was all about working with layers of different textures which resulted in the leaves having such dimension - wool on wool on wool - velvet on wool on fabric - fabric on wool on fabric and all of them decorated with an array of stitches and embellishments.
Most of the ladies who spent the weekend with Sue had never used wool and they dived in with all the excitement of a child on Christmas morning. It opened a whole new world to them – texture from beautiful hand dyed wools and velvets, shiny gorgeous silk threads, ribbons, beads, buttons and so it goes on and on.....all used to create their version of Sue’s Flower Vase.
Sue spent a generous amount of time with all the ladies in class, teaching them a fabulous list of new stitches using all of her favourite threads and embellishments. While all the business of stitching took place Wendy explained the time consuming process of dying the wools and velvets for Sue. Wendy definitely works hard allowing Sue to bring us a stunning selection of hand dyed wools. Wendy uses the science part of her brain to calculate the ratio of colour, she then tests the colour and sends it to Sue for approval. Once she has the ok Wendy dyes the wool in 3 yard lengths – there is a pre-wash, a post wash and of course the drying – all of which takes time and energy. So a big thank you Wendy for all your hard work.
The above flower is from Sue's new book titled Big Blooms which is due for release in October. Definately one to keep an eye out for.......
This clever little bunny made gorgeous yo-yo's from Sue's velvets.....
Ric Rac proved to be the perfect friend for Sue and Wendy's new range of ribbons.....very yummy.
Lousie like most of the ladies had her head down concentrating on new stitches - pistol, drizzle, coral....such beautiful names.
Learning new stitches was definitely high on the list for the ladies so they were absolutely thrilled to learn that Sue is self publishing a new book due out in October titled Sue’s Fifty Favourite Stitches (hope my memory is right – it has been a hectic few days). If you would like to pre-order a copy please call the shop and speak to one of the friendly girls.
Sue's circle sampler is the perfect piece of work to showcase her wonderful array of stitches - all the girls in class have asked to make one of her samplers - be it circles, leaves, flowers or birds. All of them as gorgeous as the next.
Here is a comment from one of the ladies who attended the class and I am sure it sums the weekend up perfectly
What an absolutely fabulous weekend.
From the simple to the complex - Sue was such an entertaining teacher. Fun, Helpful, inspirational and motivating! I just want to try all her work!
Wendy was delightful and very interesting talking about her method of dying wool and working with metal. It's a shame they live on the other side of the world. Would love a tour of the dying barn!!
Thank you for the sample bag with all it's little bits and of course the sugar hit.
I am sad for everyone who didn't attend.
Looking forward to Sue's next visit.
Very grateful to have such a great local patchwork shop and friends!!
So here they all are with Sue - at the end of two days - still smilling - it says a lot. A big thanks to Sue and Wendy for travelling so far to spend time with ladies so hungry to learn. I also have to thank the wonderful ladies who support local shops and attend these fantastic classes.
Learning never exhausts the mind - Leonardo Da Vinci