Monday, April 23, 2012

That Was Fun!

I had an excellent time at my stitching class yesterday!  The workshop was held at an EGA chapter member’s home, and she lives in a quiet cul-de-sac in the semi-rural part of town by a sizeable lake.  Bald eagles were nesting in the nearby trees, and we watched a floating island drift across the lake while we sat eating our lunch.

We needed the break!  Seven of us were learning the embroidery technique of Or Nue.  It’s not conceptually difficult but it sure is technically difficult.  Or Nue is pretty much created by laying rows of metallic thread covered up short upright stitches of silk, strategically placed to create the design.  To accomplish that, you work row by row, and for this project you’re carrying 8 separate needles with their respective threads as you move across each row.  Thread management is what is most challenging to me with the technique and I dealt with tangled threads and stubborn knots throughout the day.

The promise of camaraderie was fulfilled as we each struggled with some aspect of the class project and made small talk while working away.  We shared our “oops” and offered suggestions of how to resolve them.  We talked of our excitement of the upcoming regional stitching seminar.  We talked about current events.  The time flew by.

So here’s the progress I made so far.  I’m pleased with the results so far; I really like how this embroidery style looks.  I wonder if I could figure out the design of a dog breed profile in Or Nue…..


  1. sounds like a great time and a great break!

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun. I love getting together with a group of friends I share interests with.

  3. 8 needles going at once?! Wowza! You have talent and patience beyond compare! Glad you had fun! Great post!

  4. Cool project and sounds like you had a fun time!

  5. My gosh, that is a complicated stitching to do! Eight needles! I think I'd be poking myself a lot! But it does sound like a very nice day, and cool with the wildlife you got to see too!