Febuary is National Embroidery Month! Aurifil would like to kick off this month of celebration with beautiful embroidery works created by Sheena Norquay and a giveaway of her unique hand embroidery Aurifil collection! Embroidery is part of history in every corner of the world and includes Redwork, Candlewick, Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko, and Blackwork. This wonderful art form can be seen on quilts, clothing, leather, bags and many other places. It is a task that can be taken with you easily and can be a quick project when needed. Embroidery can also be a a fun time passer for teens or older children. Please join us in celebrating the joy of embroidery!
Sheena is well known for her natural approach to design with her inspirations coming from the shapes, lines and colors of her surroundings. Sheena teaches numerous workshops in the art of quilting. ” I am also interested in using quilted lines to create graceful movement, sculptural shapes and decorative patterns. Inspiration comes from relief sculpture, circles, patterns in nature, man made patterns and decoration on other textiles. Most of the lines are free machine quilted, a technique which is my specialty. It is fascinating how the surface of the quilt comes alive with the quilting.”
Along with her expertise in teaching, Sheena has three previous Aurifil thread collections filled with the most delightful color combinations! Autumn Collection, Seascape Collection and Zingy are all 50wt thread and perfect for all piecing and quilting projects.
Her newest thread collection Linen and Lace is a combination of different thread weights and materials offered on small spools perfect for hand work both at home and on the go. “Linen and Lace collection was inspired by vintage embroideries. It has a limited colour palette but gives the hand stitcher a chance to try 4 types of threads. I have used the cotton floss mainly for embroidery and in some of the samples I have blended 2 or 3 colours together, using 6 strands at a time. The cotton no. 12, linen and wool have been used for embroidery but also for quilting.”
Included in this collection:
Ten small spools: Three Cotton 12wt, three Linen , three six strand embroidery floss, and one wool 12wt
Cotton 1231 – 5021 – 2021
Floss 1231 – 2024 – 1320
Linen 2024 – 5011 – 1320
These artworks were created by Sheena from her collection Linen and Lace. “Most of the following samples are smaller size and can be stitched during train journeys or watching TV – great fun to do.” The different threads provide a beautiful texture to your embroidery. They also produce visually exciting stitching from the variations in the sheen of the threads that can be described as a matte ( wool 12wt and linen), eggshell ( floss) and satin ( cotton 12wt).
The giveaway will include one Aurifil Linen and Lace Collection to one winner!
To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment answering the question, “Where is your favourite place to find inspiration?”
This giveaway opportunity is open to international entries. This giveaway will close February 10, 2015 at 11PM EST. A random winner be chosen and announced on or about Feb 12 on this original post. If you are a no reply blogger please leave your email in one of your comments ( do not add an additional comment). Good luck!