Sunday, September 8, 2013

Another UFO finished

One of my favourite embroidery designers is Tanja Berlin, a graduate of the RSN, who has been a professional embroiderer for the past 10 years.  She's based in Canada, but came to Australia to teach at the Beating Around The Bush convention in 2009.  As soon as I read that Tanja was coming to Oz, I just had to book my place at the convention, and all three of the classes I undertook were with Tanja.
To date, 4 years later, I've still only finished one of the pieces.  Shameful, I know!
This was another of the UFO's I decided to complete during the past year ... Tanja's "Tropical Bird" design, a 2-sided embroidery technique.

Despite being initially daunted by the prospect of a 2 sided piece, Tanja's instructions and personal guidance made it quite simple to create. Her instructions are second to none, and even for a piece with a total embroidered size of only 7.5cm x 9cm she still provides 19 x A4 pages of precise instructions and diagrams, with clear photography of the finished piece.

I loved doing this little design, but have yet to work out just how to frame it to its full advantage so that both sides can be seen ... something to ponder on.
In the meantime I've two more of Tanja's designs to complete so I'd better get cracking, heh?!


  1. That's lovely. Go to a proper framers and see if they could double sided frame. You may have to sandwich it between to mounts first though.

  2. Thanks Amanda, I do have a good framer nearby, I must make the effort to see what he can do.

  3. Oh Julie, this is just beautiful. And double sided as well, my you are so talented! Sounds like a lot of instructions to follow but it was worth it, it's stunning. Glad to hear you are slowly working your way through some UFO's. I have a few lurking in a sewing box going back several years too! Once again, so glad to see you back to blogging, and also back to embroidery!