I am getting really excited as the vernissage of my first-ever solo-exhibition (click and scroll to the bottom of the page) draws nearer! As this is my first time organising and promoting such an event myself, I really do hope I have managed to think of everything :). Apart from sending invitations to important people, gallery owners and friends; I and my husband also spent two days dropping them in every mailbox in our village. The only things left: hanging the exhibition posters around the village for the tourists to see, signing the insurance papers, preparing my speech and hanging the exhibition. So cool!
But that's not all that has been happening in my embroidery life! Last week, I taught crewel embroidery to Kristin from Berlin and Elena from Switzerland. As the three of us were born in the 70s, love to travel, have no kids, love our men (but think they are a rather peculiar species), we had a lot of fun! And cake, of course. Oh, and we stitched too :).
Kristin chose an image from one of these generic pattern books you can find in most bookshops. You can use these patterns for a variety of crafts and they are an especially good starting point for embroidery. Picking colours from the full range of Heathway Milano super-quality crewel wool was a true Qual der Wahl (the agony of choice). But she chose well in combining Pomegranate with Laurel and a dash of Daffodil! Kristin really wanted to incorporate lots of colours and even some pearls. Way out of her comfort zone, but working so well! I can't wait to see this piece getting finished.
Elena has been working the same image for years. Don't get me wrong, she isn't slow or anything, but she works the same image in different techniques :). As a base, she uses a Russian translation of this RSN-embroidery book. So far she has worked two beautiful irises: one in goldwork and one in blackwork. It was now time to tackle the crewelwork one! Beautiful Heathway Milano Violet and Gobelin Green were the perfect colours for the job. As the original piece in the book is made with variegated threads, we also added some hand-dyed raw silk by House of Embroidery. The fluffy nature of the wool combines very well with the spun silk. And of course, we added some sparkly pearls as well. As Elena really liked working with the wool and filling areas with trellis stitch, I am hoping for a speedy finish :).
That's all for now! I hope to see at least some of you during the vernissage or the opening hours of the exhibition. All my work will be on display and I will be present during the opening hours. As almost all of you live too far away for a visit, I will do lots of posts on my Instagram account @jessicagrimmartembroidery. And next week's blog post will be dedicated to the exhibition and vernissage as well!
P.S. Want to come and stitch with me? The next embroidery course takes place from 2-6 September and the topic is goldwork. Limited spaces are still available! More details and booking here.
Thank you Meri! Who knows? One day ...
Best wishes for a brilliant speech and show, filled to capacity with both townspeople and visitors. I know all will be wonderful!
Thank you Kathryn! You make the people of Bad Bayersoien blush; we really are a rural village of 1200 people :).
Hoi Jessica, veel succes en plezier met de tentoonstelling! Misschien nog een tip voor je posters en aankondiging van je tentoonstelling (mocht je daar zelf nog niet aan hebben gedacht): populaire horeca in de regio (waar toeristen neerstrijken) en de regionale VVVs, musea, hotels en pensions in de omgeving (die hebben vaak een plankje met wat er nog meer te doen is). En heb je de pers apart uitgenodigd? Het is komkommertijd dus die zijn blij met een interessant verhaal! En de regionale What’s on (digitaal). Succes!
Dank je wel voor het meedenken, Monica! Ik heb een persmededeling geschreven en die is door het museum verspreid. Ik kom in elk geval op de lokale tv :). Ook de VVVs en de digitale agenda's hebben de informatie gekregen. Maar omdat het museum in een andere landkreis ligt als waar ik woon, mag ik hier bij de VVVs niks uitleggen. Die hebben simpelweg al te veel. Van daar dat wij bij iedereen hier in het dorp een uitnodiging in de bus hebben gedaan :).
I hope it's a great success, and I wish I could be there to cheer you one!
Thank you Rachel! I don't mind digital cheering :).
Succes Jessica! und Elena, es sieht schon wieder sehr schön aus!
Dank je wel Anja! En tot gauw :).
Good luck and have fun, hope you'll receive lots of keen visitors looking for a new experience in embroidery!
Thank you Marina!
Anna van ' Hart-Steneker
Jessica, veel succes met de tentoonstelling !
Dank je wel Annelot!
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