As I am working really hard to finish my upcoming ebook on the linen vestments from Tyrol, it's just a short post today. But a rather nice one! First up is a beautiful blackwork tiger by Olga Tempel. She attended my five-day blackwork course earlier this year and recently finished this epic piece. I think she did a terrific job with the shading, don't you agree?
Remember my Millie Marotta fox? He won me first prize in the 'Stitch your Heart out' competition organised by Inspirations Magazine. Fox had been down-under for more than a year as Inspirations promised me to make him into an article. Alas, they finally decided they weren't going to do that after all and I got fox back after a nasty and expensive battle with German customs. During transit the frame got badly damaged. Luckily, I've found a really good framer in nearby Murnau: Galerie Gewehr. I think they did a great job on my fox! It now hangs in my kitchen for all to enjoy.
And last but not least, I managed to finish a commission today: Emilia's baptism gown. I am sure the little baby-girl will look adorable in it!
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Thank you Catherine! Yes, it was only the frame. But I found Inspirations frustrating to work with. One week you get a letter from their CEO (a man!) telling you that they will do anything they can to promote me and my embroideries and less than two weeks later Ansie emails me to tell me that they only want to publish original works and mine isn't as I used a graphic by Millie Marotta. Why did it take them more than a year to come to that conclusion? And why then did they come up with a contest category that asked for colour book designs being stitched in the first place? Ah, well. It is all over now and fox makes a fine figure in my kitchen :)!
Thank you Rachel! Getting Foxy back was a bit surreal. I needed to proof that it was indeed my work. No problem, simple me thought: I have my blog and the paper work for the competition. Nope. They didn't believe me. They than put a figure on the work and I had to pay 19% tax over it. I never knew my embroidery was that valuable! I now only need to persuade prospective buyers to pay the same sort of figures :)!
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