Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stump work

Always in the back of my mind are projects I would like to try, new methods I would love to learn, but too often lack of time, or opportunity pushes those wishes to the end of the queue.  Recently our local news-sheet offered several courses over a weekend.  One immediately caught my eye and imagination ... stump work.  Somewhere, sometime I had gazed at photos of gorgeous stump work and marvelled, and wondered, how the effect was created.  I enrolled!
Last Sunday I paid my dues, found a chair at the stump work table and my lesson began.  Before that I had given thought to looking on-line for tips, but decided that it would be wiser to go with a completely blank mind; hopefully to soak up the lesson.
The tutor was wonderful.  She was organised; had samples of each step along with typed out instructions.  All that was left to the 'students' was to begin stitching.
She had decided we make a butterfly ... so we began.  Moments before the end of the course I completed a butterfly, not perfect, but still a butterfly.  Best of all I have the main method installed in my brain [I hope!]. 
 
Yesterday I found another stump work pattern, and once I have purchased the essentials [that I do not have, such as wire] I will find out just how much did stick in the brain!   

5 comments:

Robyn said...

Looks gorgeous!

Nanna Chel said...

I remember stump work being popular years ago when I did a lot of craftwork but I never did learn how to do it. Your butterfly looks lovely Shirley. Obviously you listened to your tutor :-)

shez said...

Hi Shirley wow your butterfly is gorgeous,i love stumpwork too but i stop it as i dont have the time to do all the things that i want to,lol,i hope you keep it up as your butterfly is very good.xx

Karen's Korner said...

You must be a star pupil to be able to achieve something so pretty in a lesson. I look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

Liz said...

The butterfly is lovely. Look forward to seeing what comes next. Keep up the good work.:):)