Article: Spotlight: Eileen Muir (Eileen): My Compliments, Eileen!

 
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Image Spotlight: Eileen Muir (Eileen)
By Sharon Brown on July 19, 2010

Artists work in many media. Some paint pictures, throw pots, carve wood, write music, take photos, wield torches and some create wonderful images with stitches. I found this artist quite by accident when she very humbly asked if she could post photos of her needlework on the Sewing Cubit. Come with me and I'll introduce her to you!

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Imagenap
Jul 18, 2010 7:30 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
This is some of the very best needlework I've ever seen. I've done needlepoint.......once. I followed a pattern in a kit. It turned out okay, but it was so tedious! I applaud you, Eileen! Hurray! Very nice work!

Thanks for bringing Eileen to the Spotlight, Sharon!
ImageSharon
Jul 18, 2010 7:36 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
My pleasure, Nap. She is a very talented lady.
Imageweeds
Jul 18, 2010 8:43 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
I have never even tried that but it is impressive and appears to be fastidious work. Eileen, what you have produced is beautiful and I enjoyed reading about your life.
Once again, another great article Sharon.
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ImageSharon
Jul 18, 2010 9:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Connie.

It just occurred to me that it is probably about 3 a.m. in her world, so we probably won't hear from Eileen till tomorrow.
ImageZanymuse
Jul 18, 2010 10:35 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I am so impressed with your beautiful needle work. The details you achieve are remarkable. Did you create your own patterns and designs? They are lovely.
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ImageEileen
Jul 19, 2010 4:05 AM CST
Name: Eileen
London
Dear friends thankyou all for your kind comments. I have designed some of my work but when I go to needlework shows I always keep an eye out for something out of the ordinary. I have recently bought a kit of a peacock sitting in a tree with his tail hanging down beautifully, it will take a lot of work but it will have to wait as I am doing a spectacle case in silks(very time consuming) for a very dear friend. I recently went to Covent Garden Opera House to see Placido Domingo sing his first BARITONE!! role (Simon Boccanegro) it was breathtaking, I was humming all the way home. I'm a great Carreras fan as well and have recently seem him twice on TV in concerts to raise money for his Luekaemia fund. I hope that Sharran will find time to show you a picture of Neil's tiger which I am very proud of and I think it is his favourite things. Best wishes to you all, look forward to keeping touch. Eileen.
I do hope you enjoy these as much as I have making them.
Eileen.
Imagecececoogan
Jul 19, 2010 5:50 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Beautiful work Eileen and I am so honored to read about you in the above article. Very regal lady............
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageRidesredmule
Jul 19, 2010 7:12 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I am very proud to have read the article. Your work is fabulous.
Imagequilter5
Jul 19, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
What an incredible sense of design you have and you execute it so well. Can you tell us a bit about the trains? They are wonderful...
Imagenap
Jul 19, 2010 7:58 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Yes, I agree. I love the trains and bridge!
ImageEileen
Jul 19, 2010 10:45 AM CST
Name: Eileen
London
Dear all, Glad you liked my work. The trains are all from the 1950-60s and there are no regular steam trains in the UK nowadays. There are lots of little trains run by unpaid enthusiasts especially in Wales. The bluebell line runs near Brighton and one In Yorkshire and a lovely one in East kent/Sussex borders. The viaducts (bridges ) are very common there is one in Harrrogate which is called Crimple viaduct and whenICI set up their fabrics division nearby one of their fabrics was call Crimplene. A few years ago Neil and Sarah took Richarf and I on the Flying Scotsman from London Kings Cross to York for the day. The Flying Scotsman has the world record for the fastest train from London to Edinburgh in ther 1930s, we had a wonderful trip with meals on the train. We had to stop mid way to take on water and it was amazing how manypeople turned out with film cameras to wave and take photos. We passed a large Steam Fair (traction engines) and they all blew their hooters at us as we passed. I went to school inYork so I whizzed Sarah around to see all the places I remembered , the Shambles, the Minster and my old school, but it had gone, turned into apartments. There is the National Railway Museum in York which is super Neil and Ian used to love going there when they were young. I don't want to bore your with our family doings but I thought it might show you all where all the influences for our interests come from. Best wishes to you all Eileen
I do hope you enjoy these as much as I have making them.
Eileen.
ImageRidesredmule
Jul 19, 2010 10:50 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
It isn't at all boring. We are very interested in your beautiful country and traditions. Thank you for taking the time to show us. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying this.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2010 10:56 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
It was Sir Nigel Gresley not the Flying Scotsman!
Neil.
Imagecececoogan
Jul 19, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Oh Neil, you just had to pop it there didn't you? That's ok Eileen, we know how it is. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageRidesredmule
Jul 19, 2010 11:53 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing PLEASE don't spank his rear. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagevic
Jul 19, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Eileen,

What a talented and gifted woman you are. Your needlework is beautiful. Neil's Dream Garden brought tears to my eyes.

My grandmother did needlepoint and I have only one of her pieces. It's a peacock under glass. It's a tray and has handles on the sides. I've given it to one of my daughters.

What a wonderful family you are. I always enjoy Neil's stories and recipes and his shortbread recipe remains my husband's favorite.

Thank you Sharon, so much, for all these totally cool and interesting people you bring into our lives. Thumbs up

vic
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Imagehaighr
Jul 20, 2010 7:03 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
Remarkable article and remarkable lady! Well done and bravo to the Muirs for such a great life and story!
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ImagePollyK
Jul 21, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I am truly impressed with your needlework, Eileen.

Great article, Sharon. Thank you for writing it.
ImageEileen
Jul 22, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Eileen
London
Vicki, so glad you enjoyed looking at my work and that you have been enjoying Neil's recipes which have been handed down from Richard's mum who was a super cook (she was in service). I am busy now getiing my eldest grandaughter to put all my recipes on my computer. That is why I got the computer in the first place, I am still behind but am getting through them gradually. Then two of my dearest friends moved abroad to Spain and Germany and this is the easiest way to keep in touch with them and all three grandaughters. who have their own laptops. Then Neil; got me interested in Cubits and thingss have got put back even further. I will catcvh up one Day. Eileen
I do hope you enjoy these as much as I have making them.
Eileen.
ImageRidesredmule
Jul 22, 2010 8:15 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I think your whole family does greAT, TEACHING US ALL KINDS OF GREAT INFORMATION.

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