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    Permalink 01:35:32 pm, by dtirico Email , 200 words   English (US) latin1
    Categories: Background

    Swirling Tulips is a design inspired by Candice Wheeler (1827-1923), a needle artist, designer, and entrepreneur who made great strides in changing the role of women in America. At a time when most women were suffragettes, concerning themselves with the right to vote, Candice was busy teaching women how to appliqué and create designs that would be commercially viable, offering them an opportunity for economic independence. I discovered this amazing woman when I had the opportunity to conduct personal research at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, the textile lab of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    This appliqué  is my interpretation of a work by Candice Wheeler entitled Tulip Panel which was never completed and donated to the museum some 50 years ago. Never having been used, the work was very well preserved. I had the privilege of studying it closely and I decided to interpret a portion of the design using my own techniques. As I studied the needlework under a magnifying glass I felt almost as if I knew her and her focus on perfection in stitching. When I discovered that she was an entrepreneur and also founded a school of needlework for woman … I was both impressed and enamored.


    Permalink 03:16:59 pm, by dtirico Email , 108 words   English (US) latin1
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    I'm home from Louisville and happy to have had the amazing opportunity to teach at the 2013  National EGA seminar.  The committee provided a smooth experience for students and faculty alike and we spent the week learning, laughing, stitching and enjoying the taste and treats of the city of Louisville.  My gang and I enjoyed the bourbon bar at the Gault House, Doc Crows Barbeque, local Bourbon Barrel Ale at the Troll Under the Bridge and all the stitching stores in the Louisville Area.  Big hugs go out to Linda and Lucyann from Green Bay, Bonnie from Virginia and of course my BFF Helene.  Let's do it again soon!


    Permalink 12:02:20 pm, by dtirico Email , 175 words   English (US) latin1
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    I have just returned from Sugar Land Texas where I was on the faculty for the South Central Region EGA Seminar .. and what a great time it was. The theme of the seminar, “Betwitchin’ Stitchin’” was followed to the letter and I can honestly say I was teaching among the witches. I congratulate this committee for their outstanding effort. You could easily find any of the committee members by merely seeking out a witch. I made new friends, learned from my amazingly talented students and connected with an area of my country I had never known. Classes, fundraisers, meals, awards and shopping were all made fun for the stitching fan and a great time was had by all. Houston Teaxs rocks!

    Phone shots from the event are top left: our witchy Dean of Faculty, center: my students work, top right: the promotion of Stitching Gumbo 2014 in Baton Rouge. Bottom left: another parader (I loved these gals) bottom center a committe member hat, bottom right: new friends, and the center is a centerpiece.  So Fun!



    Permalink 07:29:42 pm, by dtirico Email , 29 words   English (US) latin1
    Categories: Background

    When one of my students finishes ... I know I have done well.  Karin, my amazing hostess in Michigan finished her signature chatelaine and it is beautifully stitched. YAY!



    Permalink 09:41:25 am, by dtirico Email , 259 words   English (US) latin1
    Categories: Background

    I had never been to Michigan before, but when a group of my students asked me to teach at their local EGA chapter, I quickly agreed. What I found in the suburbs of Detroit was a bit of history, a lot of inspiration and a group of warm and very talented stitchers.

    I learned that Monguagon is an old Indian name which originally referred to an area southeast of Detriot which is now comprised of 4 towns: Brownstown, Woodhaven, Trenton and the island in Lake Erie called Gross Ile. The members of the Monguagon Chapter of the EGA come from even further away … but all are interested in needlework and talented students. I was inspired by all of them and how they made the project I was teaching, Signature Chatelaine, their own. Several members of the group had completed their projects from the regional seminar class I taught and brought them back to share with me … nothing makes a teacher happier.. . thanks Dawn and Barbara!

    My host was the talented and amazing cook and stitcher Karin. She made me feel quite at home, especially when I entered the guest room to see my Harvest Penny rug completed and on display … almost like going home.

    Many thanks to Isamay and Becca for working hard to make this experience happen for all of us … I hope to return again one day!

    Below are finished elephants, the grey by Barbara Shearer  and the green by Dawn Pollard.  The buttercup pin cushion also by Dawn Pollard.





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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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