Today marked the start of my first week at the Pilatushaus in Oberammergau. I will be demonstrating goldwork embroidery every day from 13:00 till 18:00 hours until coming Sunday. If you are in the area, do come in as I would love to meet you! For those of you living too far away, here are some pictures of my snug corner on the first floor.
It is also the first time I am actually selling some of my work: embroidered necklaces. AND: I sold one within the first hour. Sitting here behind my laptop with a very big grin on my face :).
My corner is rather quiet with lots of good natural day light, but no direct sunlight. Perfect for some goldwork stitching. Although, is it goldwork? Today I was told that this particular piece is actually needlepoint. Don't you love these self-proclaimed needlework experts? This lady gave me a very good chuckle. Especially as, after I explained to her what type of embroidery this is, she maintained that it looks just like needlepoint. Me and Saint Laurence are still chuckling!
The stitching police show up when you least expect them, don't they?
Thanks, Liz! I hope to be able to stitch a lot during these six days. Will show another update afterwards!
I made a needlepoint piece of an angel, similar to yours, with gold thrads also, so I would consider it Needlepoint because the stitches you are using, seem like those of such work. Also, why did yu not show us your necklaces? Love to see your work
In English the technique is called by its French name - or nué. If you want to retranslate that it is gold nuanced or shaded.
Yes, Ruth, that's what I would call it too. I don't know of its proper German name. I suspect, it doesn't have one as this particuar goldwork technique wasn't commonly used here.
Oh, it is Catherine! Especially as we are three nice artisans: me, a sheet metal artist and a jumping jack maker. Best of all: there's cake too :).
It's wonderful isn't it when someone likes your creations so much they have to buy it? I certainly wish I could be so lucky to watch your demonstrations!
Thank you Jo! It was such a suprise that one of my pieces sold. I have been thinking long and hard about small embroidered items which could be offered for sale. As embroidery is so slow, it is really hard to come up with something that's not so labour intensive. Let's see what happens today!
Isn't it Or nue? which is a goldwork technique.
Yes, however, I've been corrected by two lovely French ladies today. It's not or nue, but or noue. You'll learn something new every day!
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