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    A Grand Time in Grand Rapids


    Permalink 11:05:53 am, by dtirico Email , 311 words   English (US) latin1
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    I was honored to once again be on the faculty of the Great Lakes Region seminar "A Grand Time for Stitching" in Grand Rapids Michigan. I was so pleased to be united with my friends in the region, teach a few classes and learn from my students.  It was an awesome exchange.

    The seminar was in the historic Amway Grand Plaza hotel where we were treated very well and enjoyed the drama and splendor of a bygone era. The gold leaf domed ceiling in the lobby and the richly appointed furniture reminded us of 18th century design. The Gerald R and Betty Ford Ballroom was absolutely captivating.

    But the students ... they were the best.  So much talent and ability ... my Jacobean class had a couple of really amazing over-achievers ... Marie and Beth.  The two of them took to the techniques quickly and reported that they worked all evening on their appliqué. I was amazed to see how much they accomplished by the end of day two.

    The Nutcracker students were very excited about getting their soldiers lined up with the placement guides and watching him come to life.  It was a fun time as I looked out into a sea of soldiers emerging before my eyes and my students busily pinning and basting their appliqué Nutcrackers.

    But one of the most rewarding aspects of this particular seminar for me was to visit the region exhibit and find that my students from Signature Chatelaine and Harvest Penny Rug were represented with their completed projects.  My students have encouraged me to change some of my designs, following their lead in improving the chatelaine pattern. Seeing their completed work, and how they made it their own was both impressive and satisfying for me.  This is the reason I teach; to have these exciting exchanges and to grow as a needleartist and a teacher.



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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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