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I have just had a great week from May 7th-14th near Chicago , teaching  super members of the North Suburban Needlearts Guild. There was time for some sight-seeing too, but that can wait for the next post! The techniques I use look deceptively simple when I’m demonstrating, but are hard to control, so I am always amazed that students with varied levels of experience create such delightful pieces. I do not teach by rote, no kits, no photos or images of mine to “work from” but ideas that stem from their own lives. Some get finished, others go home unfinished and I always hope they do complete what they start. So here are some of their embroideries.Some great stitching, adventurous choice of colours and materials, and you looked after me so well too, thank you.

Students please forgive me for not putting your surnames here if you read this, but you know who is who and there were two Joans and two Vals! You are all stars! A couple of other students were unable to attend the final session so I am sorry not to show anything by you here.

Liz, Shelley, Sue and Val 2


Maggie, Frances, Joan 2, Val 1

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Jan,  Ronna, Shelley, Joan 1


and finally, I did do some work!  Here we are hard at work all of us, and huge thanks to lovely Liz shown here with her piece for being such a wonderful hostess