Happy New Year!
I am wishing you all, wherever you are, a very happy new year. With above all, good health and a fearless spirit. Me for my part, I've made a few changes to the overall look of my website and newsletter (you can sign-up on the right-hand side). I do hope it makes it easier to navigate around and to find the information you're after. Do let me know what you think!
My dear husband has been a busy bee too! The poor man needed to screw 480 tiny hooks into four wooden plates to make me a new yarn display. Being married to an embroideress does have its downsides... However, I now proudly carry all three cotton perle sizes of House of Embroidery in my webshop. Number 5 is the thickest, #8 is a medium weight and #12 is gorgeously fine. These hand-dyed threads are perfect for canvas work or surface embroidery. Some have rather subtle colour changes, while others are bolder. They are a very inspirational lot! Do check them out in my webshop.
I've also completed this year's teaching schedule with five new workshops to be taught here at my studio in Bad Bayersoien. Since we have our village shop back and affordable self-catering holiday apartments are abundant here, these workshops can easily be turned into a 'me-time-experience'. More information on each workshop can be found here.
Me for my part, I am going to embrace this new year to grow my Embroidery Empire. In order to achieve World Domination AND keep sane, I am planning on upping my business skills and take time to embroider more. After all, business skills weren't part of University archaeology training... So, you can look forward to a more structured me (next up: making a blog publishing schedule, yeah!), lots of new products in my webshop (I am checking out sound German-made products from small suppliers) and a few new fun (and plain CRAZY) embroidery projects. How does that sound?
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Hoi Jessica wat een mooie nieuwsbrief en een lief bijtje.
Hallo Mabel, wij wensen jou en Hans en de kinderen en kleinkinderen ook alle goeds voor 2017! Ik hoop je gauw nog eens in je prachtige winkel te bezoeken. En komt Hans eigenlijk vissen in ons meer in 2017? Liefs, Jessica
Hi Catherine, thank you very much! And I am looking forward to your embroidery adventures too. Love, Jessica
Happy New Year to you too! What wonderful plans you have! I hope 2017 is happy and productive for you. I enjoy each of your newsletters and look forward to see what beauty you create and share this year.
Oh, Joanna, that's so sweet of you! Thank you very much, Jessica
Happy New Year!
Hmm, maybe our husbands could hook up and start a NGO for husbands of needlework enthusiasts :). I can just picture their monthly meetings....
Hi Elaine, you see, I've hooked up with the Aussies. They'll start from the southern hemisphere and I from the northern....
Thank you Velia, that's so sweet!
Hi Marina, thank you very much for your kind comments! I just had a look at your new website and blog and they look amazing too. I've added you to my feedly read to keep up to date. Love, Jessica
Happy New year Jessica! I love the new website :)
Thank you Dima! How wonderful that we can inspire each other through our blogs.
Hoi Jessica, dat het maar een zeer gekleurd jaar mag worden met veel mooie en glinsterende werken van jouw hand. En probeer vooral niet binnen de lijntjes te kleuren ! Dat doen al te veel mensen.
Ik denk dat dat het komende jaar helemaal goed gaat komen, Annelot :)! Jij en je man ook een heel mooi nieuw jaar en graag tot ziens.
Living in Cornwall UK we often take the Brittany Ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff. Our visits often coincide with one of the Pardons and I have long admired the coiffes and traditional costumes. This year there was a splendid exhibition of at St. Anne d'Auray of traditional costumes and that was the turning point! I bought 3 books which I consider essential reading(French) Broderies en Bretagne by Cario and Helias: Cahir Broderie - La Broderie Bigoudene published by Confederation War''l Leur and Broderie de Basse-Bretagne. I have spent many, many hours perfecting some of the stitches and have found the peele silk, albeit in short lengths, extremely difficult to use.(I prefer No. 8 DMC perle) I love the effect of the vibrant colours on the black wool cloth and often just draw a design using a white gel pen. I met Pascal at his shop and he advised me to purchase two beginners kits with English instructions plus a disc and having mastered most of the Breton stitches I am now about half way through the first design. Yes you are right it is extremely difficult to sew through just the top material when the wool and the linen have been securely tacked together.
Welcome on board! And thank you so much for your lengthy reply on French embroidery techniques. I will post an update on my Glazig piece next week, so keep an eye out for that. Have a nice day, Jessica
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