Virginia Visit

Y’all, I had a lovely time visiting the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition. I won an Honorable Mention! Hurray! (I looked over the winners – really lovely stitching. Mine is also lovely but you can tell in a few spots that I had just started learning a new stitch. I really haven’t been embroidering that long!) Sadly, they don’t allow photos inside the show 😦

Fortunately for the blog, though, Anna of Talliaferro was kind enough to invite me to dinner!!! I had the most wonderful time! It was fantastic to finally meet in person! And I got to look at ALL of her embroidery 🙂 Aren’t you so jealous?

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I asked for advice on one of the most irritating problems in embroidery for me: how to transfer a design to the fabric. She recommends high quality artist’s tracing paper. It’s carbon paper, but if you get it from an art supply store for professional artists (not advertised for embroiderers) instead of a craft store, it’s higher quality and generally works a whole lot better than the stuff usually advertised for embroidery.

 I took a few photos of her house (only a few! there was a lot more embroidery there – it was a show all by itself!). Here is the Royal Persian Blossom:

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And this is La Serenissima, which is the next design in line to be released! Isn’t it gorgeous? Really, the photo doesn’t do it justice.

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I got a chance to peek at her works-in-progress and design instructions in the middle of editing. Sneak preview! Here is the cover for the not-yet-released La Serenissima:

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16 Responses to Virginia Visit

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh my word. What a blessing. Congratulations.

  2. Sharon Brodeuse says:

    Congratulations on your Honorable Mention, Hannah! You can be justifiably proud of your efforts. And yes, would so love to have had the opportunity to make a third at dinner with you and Anna in her home. La Serenissima looks luscious. Just ordered her “Pomegranate Sampler” that I’m planning to dive into soon. And again, “Huzzah” for your HM.

  3. Congratulations on the Honourable Mention. It sounds like a wonderful evening with a like mind!

  4. Marie-Claire says:

    Wow so beautiful congreatulation Marie-Claire

  5. Therese says:

    Wow I am in awe. What a awesome time for you. Congrat’s on the Honorable Mention. I would have love to be the mouse in your pocket at dinner. Did you get any good tips? How about a peek at the color list for that La Serenissima design lol. Would love to get a jump on ordering the Appleton yarn. Last time I ordered the yarn for the Royal Persian Blossom some orders were sold out but most due unforeseen circumstances ( death of the yarn Dyer of that color). But her wonderful designs do go fast.
    Glad you make it home safe and sound ;).

    • Hannah says:

      You could email her – maybe she would give you the list 🙂 She’s really nice. I am going to try the tracing-paper-tip out next time I do a design transfer.

  6. madamepurl says:

    Wow… What a trip! Congrats on the honorable mention. I have yet to try one of Talliafero’s designs, but it’s on my list. I have a few of the Crewel Work Company ones to do up first.

  7. Elmsley Rose says:

    Oh, Lucky You and ConGraTuLations!
    Also, thanks for the tip on the artist’s tracing paper. I was just about to buy the regular type – brilliant timing.

  8. julie says:

    That was sooo pretty. I too need to embroider more. I loved it but now my time is so short. I love how you fill in areas. I dont know how to do that so good. That must have been a fun time.
    I should look up area shows and see if we have it in this area.

  9. Anita says:

    Congratulations on the honorable mention Hannah!

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