Friday, January 15, 2021

Mariner's Compass - Week One

I think a year or two ago, I spotted this piece by Cynthia Jackson and just fell in love with it. It was one of the class that was going to be taught at the EGA 2020 seminar in Boston. I couldn't attend and later on that seminar was cancelled but I always kept it at the back of my mind. Then it started popping up on my social media. An online class had been organized and I don't know how but I missed the registration. Luckily there was so much demand, Cynthia decided to offer a second round and I jumped at the opportunity.

It's a goldwork piece, with lots of new materials I've never tried so I look forward to the experience. It's my first official Zoom embroidery class. The way it's organized is that for 6 weeks, we get homework on the Saturday(ish) and have the week to do it. It includes a document and video demonstration. Then on Friday evenings, we have a Zoom meeting with Cynthia where we can ask questions.

Homework for the first week included transferring the design onto the black silk. I learned a new method. I would have never though of drawing the design on the calico and the stitching with the front and back fabric together. I will definitely remember this option. 

The second part was to put in the kid leather at the center. All this took about three hours and a half of work.


  1. That's a very interesting transfer method - with so many advantages!

  2. This is a beautiful project. Will enjoy reading your blog posts about this one.

  3. I've heard of that transfer method, but I always have a wobble about transferring the design in the correct orientation, so I've never used it!

  4. That’s super cool. Did the materials come in a kit with the class? Was gold the only option or could you also do it in silver?

  5. This is going to be stunning, as usual! I think the first photo is reversed though.
    I'm intrigued by the drawing the design on the reverse, so do you flip it over between each of the outline stitches?
    Looking forward to your progress, this was obviously a project which was meant to be.

  6. What an amazing little design! Can't wait to see more of it!