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Workshop with Hazel Bompkamp
"Never mind what the back looks like, more stitchers have been turned off because of the nuns' insistence on a perfect back". What a great opening to a wonderful workshop! Hazel Blomkamp has a down to earth approach and amazing talent as an artist, author and teacher. She is well known for her beautiful and innovative crewel embroidery with its marvelous colour schemes and diverse range of embroidery techniques..... all with an exciting and unusual twist. If you haven't seen Hazel's work, check out her books in our library, they are a feast for the eyes.
Hazel was very generous with describing her stitching concepts and I can promise you the participants will never again see long and short stitch shading or satin stitch on curved shape in same way. To ensure we didn't damage the delicate silk background fabric in our kits Hazel had us practicing on a more resilient fabric... and since everything I stitched in class will need to be ripped out and re-stitched, I really appreciated this. The two days were packed with information, tips and tricks and I went home with my head spinning and my stitching heart happy. It was intense and perhaps a bit overwhelming but my only wish would be for another day of class!
Big thank you to Andrea who kept us sweet with amazing chocolate treats and to Moncion's Independent Grocers for providing us with the wonderful room bathed in light in which we were able to learn and prepare to create our own masterpieces from Hazel's designs.
Spring Workshop with Hazel Blomkamp
OVGS Spring Workshop 2015
"Dancing Threads" Teacher: Hazel Blomkamp
23-24 May 2015 9:00-4:30 (Saturday and Sunday) 4th weekend in May
Location: Moncion Independent Grocers, 671 River Road, Community Room upstairs
OVGS Members: $75 (includes class and kit fee) + $35 book fee = $110
Non-guild members: $100
Maximum number of students: 20
Design Size is 120mm(4 3/4")x77mm (3")
Deposit of $25 due with sign up.
Remainder due at April 2015 guild meeting
Hazel's contract wiht the publisher requires that every student taking a class where one of the projects is taught own a copy of the book it is from.
The piece "Dancing Threads" is from her latest book "Crewel Intentions"
Extra kits for any of Hazel's Projects:
If you would like to purchase any kits that Hazel has for her projects, you must contact Hazel directly by email to deal directly with her. Please do not order directly off her website as the shipping costs are not adjusted.Hazel will bulk ship all kits for the class and any you have ordered to us here in Ottawa in time for the Workshop. Deadline to order from Hazel is 01 April 2015.
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RSN Sampler Competition
OVGS member, Chris House has distinguished himself by tying for first place in the Royal School of Needlework's Millennium Sampler Competition. Titled "Whirlwind of Stitches" ,Chris has designed a marvelous spiral swirling sampler that reflects styles, size and colour in an almost shell-like effect. Chris used PowerPoint to design his winning entry and then submitted that image to the RSN judges. Chris is now in the process of completing the stitching of the sampler in time to meet the final deadline in early 2015 at which point the finished and framed piece will eventually become part of the permanent collection on display at Hampton Court Palace.
Congratulations Chris we are very proud of you!
Click on this link to read the RSN press release
|The doors will open. Members are welcome to join in setting up.|
|Social time / Library This longer period gives members a chance to visit the library, sign up for programs, or just circulate and socialize.|
|The library will close for the evening and a brief business meeting will be held.|
|Immediately upon conclusion of the business meeting, approximately 15 minutes, the programme portion of the meeting will commence.|
|As the Guild has the premises until 10:00 pm, members are free to stay till then if they choose.|