Monday, September 28, 2009

Jane Timmers Workshop Weekend

Madeira Jelly Roll

Saturday and Sunday I attended the Jane Timmers workshop where she taught her Madeira Tin and Sewing Set. This is my second workshop that I have attended as part of my guild, the first being Catherine Theron's earlier this year. As you know I've been scrambling to try to finish all of my pre-stitching before Saturday morning. I managed to get my needlecase completely stitched and my biscornu mostly stitched before Saturday (all I lacked on the biscornu was two flowers and the backstitching for the front and back pieces). But, I was granted a reprieve and didn't need the biscornu for the first day!

The morning of Saturday, we spent learning how to line our tin. I was really happy with how mine turned out. Of course, as you can see above in my jelly roll, we are using the Madeira line of fabrics (and accompanying tin) by Blackbird Designs for Moda.

Lining the Tin

After lining our tins, we spent Saturday afternoon working on the needlecase. And what I love about Jane is that although I feel somewhat finishing challenged, she gives really clear directions and at no time did I feel rushed or that I was falling behind. I even made cording for the first time!

Timmers Workshop Day 1

Saturday night, I attempted to finish up the stitching on my biscornu to have it ready for day 2, but no luck. I finished stitching the little flowers, and got the majority of the backstitch done, but I was so tired I kept mis-counting. So, I called it a night and was able to finish it up Sunday morning before I needed it. Sunday morning we learned how to make the tote bag, ditty bags and ort jar. Then, after lunch we got started on our biscornus. I was able to get mine completely assembled with the exception of the center buttons and ribbon for the bow. I need to stop by the needlework store this week to pick up some more ribbon. And my needlecase is mostly assembled. I finished all four pieces for it, and sewed the back two pieces together. All I lack is sewing the front pieces together, adding my cording and joining the front and back. I'm really please with how much I got done in class.

Timmers Workshop Day 2

Assuming I can get the ribbon I need, my goal is to at least have my needlecase and biscornu finished before guild night next week. I think I can do that!

And thanks to those who let me know they read my blog over the weekend! I appreciate you and love to know you're out there. Thanks also to all who leave comments, it really means so much to me!

I hope to be back soon with updated photos of my finished class pieces. I'm also stitching along on my Angel of Tulips ornament, and should have a progress photo soon for you. Thanks for stopping by!

I am grateful for a fantastic weekend!

31 comments:

Glenna said...

Isn't that lovely and professional polished-looking! Such beautiful colors!

staci said...

What a fantabulous workshop! You've done a beautiful job!

Dianne said...

That's a workshop that I would love to attend! I don't know if I ever told you, but you were the first blog that I found online...and now several years later I'm completely hooked!

Margaret said...

So beautiful! And you're going to be done with the whole thing soon, which is great!

Anna van Schurman said...

Lovely! Fabulous job on the finishing. Can't wait to see the whole set!

valerie said...

Sounds like it was a great workshop. What fun! Your pieces look so elegant so far. Can't wait to see the finished set!

Missy Ann said...

Mmmmm... jelly roll. Oh fabric; well that's nice too. ;)

Pretty pretty smalls, can't wait to see yours all finished.

Andrea said...

Great job on the finishing.

Cari said...

You've been a busy lady - what wonderful projects and how fun to learn something new. You did a beautiful job!

I just learned of a local guild and look forward to learning more about it. Sounds like yours keeps very busy.

Enjoy your week, Michelle.

Nancy said...

Beautiful projects! It sounds like you had a really nice time.

Siobhan said...

Michelle, wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. It was beautiful in the prestitching phase, but now--oh my gosh. Wow. I can't say it enough, a thousand times wow. You must be SO thrilled with it, it is just gorgeous. I am beyond impressed with your finishing skills, too! YGG!!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Great job on the stitching and finishing. No more saying you don't have skills - 'cause girl, you got skills!! What a fun workshop!

DebbieSFL said...

I love her designs and wish I could take one of her classes. I collect Whitmans tins and she has designed small designs for them....maybe for my 2010 goals I should work on them. Great work Michelle.

Katrina said...

Oh wow it's so pretty! I love it. Glad you enjoyed your class so much. Jane Timmers is probably one of my favorite teachers ever.

JOLENE said...

Beautiful work Michelle, I love the soft patriotic feel to it with the red/white/blue tones. What a fun workshop project!

mainely stitching said...

Sounds like the workshop weekend for me! I so want to do nice boxes and tins, but always fall far short of my hopes whenever I try it.

GREAT job!!!

gio162 said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing, Michelle - love your close-ups!

Kathy A. said...

What a great workshop. You have done a beautiful job. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

Von said...

Beautiful finishing, Michelle!

Karoline said...

What a gorgeous project, it looks stunning

Deb said...

This looks like it was a wonderful class and what you have done so far looks amazing. I can't wait to see how it all looks when you're finished!

Jackie said...

Truly gorgeous! What a great workshhop!

Stitching Cat said...

Fabulous job! Congratulations. Some day I hope to be able to take that class too. Hope to see your finished set soon.

Sherri said...

Ohhhh! Love your finishes! Can't wait to see them in person!

Brigitte said...

Oh what a wonderful workshop. I would have liked to be there too. Whenever I read about such events I realize that there's nothing like that near here, nowhere in my country (at least I have never heard about such a workshop here).

Kristin said...

So pretty. I really wish I had the time to take this, knitting or crocheting up. Sigh.

CindyMae said...

What a wonderful workshop! Looks absolutely gorgeous!

I have been following your blog but just realized that I have never actually become a follower! Am now!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Oh, my, what gorgeous things! I love the colors and the peek at the jelly roll. Wish I'd been there with you! Do you have any idea of how I could purchas the jelly roll? I love your stitching and finishing...just beautiful!

Tammy said...

Oh my, that looks like so much fun! Just gorgeous! Thx for your kind comments on my blog Michelle--I really appreciate it.

The Scarlett House said...

Michelle, Oh my gosh...I love what you are making. Very, very cool. Can't wait to see it all done.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Just love this. I got two of the cases last year anticipating a class but it fell thru so I am glad she is releasing it this Feb at the Market in Nashville. Want to make it so bad!!