with Gina Ferrari
on 06 June 2018
Gina Ferrari kept us well entertained throughout the day, giving clear explanations of how to progress our pieces of work, guiding us through each stage.
She introduced us to working with a horizon, and gave us time to play with the fabrics we had brought along, until we had them laid out on top of a piece of felt in a fashion that we were happy with. Gina regularly uses felt as a stabiliser for her work. Having always been encouraged to use a hoop for free machining, I found Gina’s method simple, effective and very freeing.
Then the stitch! Giving us directions as to the best ways to achieve the appearance of perspective in our work, Gina provided examples of her own work showing us what could be achieved. She introduced decorative cable stitch, demonstrating on her machine how this stitch could be incorporated into the piece to give the appearance of hedgerows and trees. I enjoyed practicing my free machine stitch and certainly came away with more experience and confidence at the end of the day.
We all enjoyed a lovely, sociable lunch sitting outside in the sun, before continuing stitching in the afternoon. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing day. We all completed the day with a piece of work, and they were all individual dependent upon the fabrics used. I was very happy with mine which was probably the least landscape like of all the pieces due to the fabrics I had brought with me. Someone commented that it looked like a party – and I was very happy with that!! Thank you Gina.