Penny - will you put your Picasa postcard on your blog? Would love to see it. Glad you like the Quiltwow taster. I do think it is very clever of Carol to write about about a piece of software that everyone can use. She is working on some Shibori scarves for the December issue - they are so lovely.
I have been thinking so much about Val - it is exactly a year ago today that she died. She must have decided that I needed a boost as I have finished three big pieces for the book and I'm sure she was pushing me on. I distinctly heard her say 'Put that down, Maggie, that piece is finished'. She was always very strict about not overworking an embroidery. I think it is a universal problem - knowing when you've done enough, but not too much. Here is a very early cushion of Val's, loaned for the exhibition by Julie Smith. I think it is transfer paint, ironed through a stencil with very simple hand stitching. A revolutionary idea back then. We didn't have room for it at the show so it's good to be able to show you here.
I have moved on to my last few book pieces and I'm having fun ironing transfer prints on to felt and then using the embellisher. It breaks down the slightly waxy surface very well and then fibres can be added. I hope to continue with these explorations at the K&S next week.