My goldwork parcel from http://www.maceandnairn.com/shop/category.php arrived last week. I confess I was slightly disappointed with the size of the piece of leather but overall I was very pleased with the my starter pack. It gave me all the things I need without telling me what to sew. All I need now is a design.
I had thought that either a seahorse or dragonfly design would be nice, which is why I was sad about the size of the leather - it narrowed my options.
Having said that I do think that this starter pack is very good value.
In Maidstone a couple of weeks ago I found some Australian craft magazines, one of which was about goldwork embroidery EMBROIDERY AND CROSS STITCH PRESENT STUMPWORK AND GOLDWORK. I really enjoy looking at other countries crafting magazines and tend to buy most of the ones I find. This magazine has a very extensive and user friendly website (which I have bookmarked for future reference) http://www.craftlovers.com/
So on to my design ........ the seahorse not being practical I was left with a dragonfly. I had a rough idea of what I wanted so I looked through a couple of the design source books from SEARCH PRESS, I think I have the whole range of the design source books. SEARCH PRESS is one of the best places I have found to get books for crafts - definitely worth a look.http://www.searchpress.com.
This is the dragonfly I have chosen. The design is in ART NOUVEAU DESIGNS by Judy Balchin.
I think that as a starter piece it should work really well. (I was very tempted by a snail design that was on the next page).
I will let you all know how things progress.
The other parcel I received last week was bargain bags and the sample pack from http://www.strawberryfayre.co.uk/ I was very impressed with these, I have no idea as yet what I am going to make but the bargain packs had a lovely mix of fabrics. Some of the pieces are large enough to line the paper mache bags I am making for my ETSY shop, http://www.etsy.com/people/dreamtimemakes?ref=si_pr