Okay. My bad. The sunshine was too tempting. So my penance is to write "What I Did Over My Summer Vacation."
The Brazilian Embroidery Seminar was wonderful. I took two classes: An Open Work class and a computer class on how to use various programs for designing your patterns. As always the food was...let's say 'hardy.'
Besides bathing in the sun I did work on instructions on how to frame a dimensional embroidery behind glass. Usually because of the raised stitches framing without glass is chosen as the best way to display the work. This is a perfectly acceptable practice but I wanted a bit more protection for some of my pieces.
I was inspired by the Fig Pith sculptures I bought on the Azores. Each frame had been expanded backwards about 1/4 - 1/2 an inch. This created a shadow box. The following is the description that I will use for a class on the subject:
'What we will learn is how to add depth to our frames to make enough room to add glass. It is a simple way to make your frame into a shadow box while controlling the space between the glass and the embroidery. It makes for a lovely effect and is also a way to protect your work from dust and critters that may snack on your work.'
After I spend a bit more time working out the kinks and accumulating feedback from others I will write the instructions. The written version will also include how to stretch your embroidery on a board - I have a perfect way to take out all those puckers.
So that is what I did on my summer vacation. I'll get to work now improving and adding material to this website. See you soon.
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage