Monday, 19 November 2018

Alison Holt Workshop

A week or so ago I did a 2 day class with free motion machine embroiderer, Alison Holt.

The class was called Sunshine and Shadows. On the first day we painted our background with silk paints using a gutta resist to stop the paint from running. Alison also gave us many demonstrations.

Here is my silk painted background ready for stitching.

On day 2 we started the stitching, I didn't take any progress photos because I was working very hard to get it finished. I knew that I would never get back to it afterwards.

Everyone else brought their own photo to use but I used one of Alison's photos that is actually in her Woodlands book.

I worked pretty hard and nearly got it done.

There are still a couple of things to do and I really should spend the time and finish it.

I must now confess that it is my 5th class with Alison Holt. She comes over to Australia from England every year or two and the classes are held a short distance from my home so it is very convenient.

Her classes are wonderful, she is so talented and very easy going and absolutely lovely.

Alison Holt and I

I didn't realise how tall Alison was! I remember the first time I heard about Alison, it was about 12 years ago when I first saw one of her books. My heart skipped a beat; I loved her work. It's not often that you meet someone you admire and then become a friend.

I bought one of her stitched paintings called Autumn Sunlight.

Autumn Sunlight by Alison Holt

I also bought some of her cards; I will put them in my scrap book. They have cellophane over them so that is why there are some reflections in the photo.

Alison Holt cards

It was lovely to catch up with Alison again; I would recommend doing her class if she ever comes to your area.

Bye for now,


Michele Hill said...

What gorgeous work Linda and how wonderful for you too! x

Robbie said...

Wow...very impressive! I just clicked on your piece and it's stunning!!!! Love the texture you embroidered for the tree!!! Very nice. Alison's name sounds familiar...I'm headed to check out her web site. Thanks for posting and sharing her name and link to her work!

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Michele, I love working with the machine in such a free and easy way. Every time I do a class with Alison I think that I must do it more often.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Robbie,Alison's work is absolutely stunning and how wonderful that she is such a lovely person as well.