Saturday, February 12, 2011

Assisi GCC progress


It's not much, but it's something!

I had hoped to have all the background, fill-in stitches done by today you can see, I have a little more to go.  Each thimble is a wee bit different from the other but the goal is to stitch each in such a way that you can't tell the back from the front (reversible).  If I showed you the back of mine, you would know it is the back, so I think I'll just skip that pic.

GCCs (or Group Correspondence Courses) are one of the best things about belonging to the Embroiderers' Guild of America.  They offer a fantastic variety of courses at bargain basement prices all year long.  I still think the best way to learn any needlework technique is hand-to-hand, but as much as I would like to attend every retreat and seminar coming and going, I'm only able to make it to one or two a year.  Participating in a GCC once in a while is a great way to sharpen my skills and keep my checkbook balanced (sorta kinda more or less..). 

Furthermore, Ms. Marion Scoular is one of my personal all-time favorite people.  She is such a delightful lady with a sparkling personality, amazing needlewoman, and superb teacher.  I adore her, can you tell?  So, I'm taking my time and trying to be extra conscientious with this particular class.  

Two years ago (yikes), I signed up for Marion's "Finishing with Flair" course but was not able to keep up with the rest of the class.  Instead of rushing through it and sending her an inferior finished product, I opted to drop out. 

Does anyone else hear "Beauty School Drop Out" playing in the background?

One day, I hope to go back and complete it.  I'd love to add another color to my GCC pin.  :-)

My GCCs:

#1)  Beginner's Hardanger (Marion Scoular) 

how I fell in love with hardanger..

#2) Mariposa (Dakota Rogers)

I'd rather clean prison toilets for a week than stitch this again..

#3) Finishing with Flair (Marion Scoular)  -  not yet complete

#4)  Assisi (Marion Scoular)  -  currently in progress

#5)  Plum Blossom Sashiko (Lois Kershner)  -  next!

So while I've had a mixed bag of experience with the GCCs I've participated in, I have to say that by in large, they have been outstanding educational opportunities.

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  1. Your thimbles look great! I hate to send my first attempt to her but I keep telling myself it is a learning experience.

  2. What pretty thimbles, Marnie! All of your work is just beautiful.