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    Stitching Down in Title Town


    Permalink 05:12:11 pm, by dtirico Email , 363 words   English (US) latin1
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    I have just returned from the Great Lakes Region Seminar in Green Bay Wisconsin and I have a lot to share.  Green Bay was an accessible, easy to navigate city and the ladies of the Green Bay Chapter were generous, hardworking and delightful to work with.  There were many talented stitchers in the region and I had an excellent experience teaching 3 classes.  When I left Green Bay I knew this … these people love their embroidery and their football.

    During my Heartsease class my students realized that their acetate templates would stick to the wall for easy storage … that was a fun jaw-dropper.  One of my students had previous penny rug experience and when I told her the surrounding panels were called lamb ears she said she thought they were called lamb tongues … well you can see how this degenerated.  This class was a lot of laughs.

    At one point we marched into Debbie Stiehler’s class modeling our lamb tongues … that class had a good laugh which made us very happy with ourselves. Later Debbie told us she was honored that she was the only teacher the "honor of tongues" was bestowed upon and I was relieved since I didn’t want to be tossed out of the seminar for misbehaving my very first time out.

    The week was also memorable because the Green Bay Packers quarterback, affectionately called “The Donald”, was on Dancing with the Stars.  Naturally we all had to watch.  The next day all the ladies were all a buzz with it … like I said - these people love their football.

    My room-mate, Barbara’s class was filmed for the 5 o’clock news and she was pleased to see her embroidery piece and her diligent students on the local news that night.  We gathered in our hotel room with new friends, glasses of wine and smiles as we watched our seminar and our passion on the evening news.

    If you have not yet attended an EGA embroidery seminar, you should add this to your bucket list.  There is nothing like being with your own peeps for a week of doing what you love.

    Thank you Green Bay!





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    About Deborah

    Deborah Tirico is an avid quilter, needle artist and instructor. A serious student, Deborah has taken classes in embroidery, piecework, appliqué hand and machine quilting. In 2006 she launched originals designs in felted wool appliqué with embroidery embellishments under the name Pemberley House. Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Unlike the primitive felted wool embroidery popular today, Deborah’s designs feature matching and overdyed wool threads and embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subject.
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