The last time I posted about Santa I didn’t have much done.
I now have a little over half of the stitching done.
In February of 2013 I went to Williamsburg for a stitching retreat. I took a class from Barbara Jackson called “Sweet Heart of Mine”. I finished the stitching for the main piece, the floss purse, and the stitching for the needle book. There is a scissors case that I haven’t started yet. Over the past week my guild had its display at Scott Manor House and we featured a UFO (Un-Finished Objects) table. I had a few projects on the table and Sweet Heart of Mine was one of them. It got me to thinking. Today was the last day for our display and I got my stuff back. When I got home I hauled out the project and picked the needle book to finish because it is 2″ wide and less than 2″ high. Here is the picture of the stitching I’ve done on the floss purse.
Here are the pictures of the finished needle book.
I hadn’t been posting a lot lately but now I’m in the mood. I have been curious about Chicken Scratch Embroidery/Gingham Embroidery since I saw a mention of it on Mary Corbet’s site Needle n’ Thread. I got a kit to make a table cloth and am currently working on the centre portion of the fabric. The pattern uses double sided cross stitch. I love the shade of green…it makes me think of spring. Next I want to try the Christmas tree ornament.
My stitching guild is without a program coordinator this season coming up so as President I have to cobble together a few things. There has been interest in doing Stumpwork…so I scoured my fave magazine (Inspirations) for something small and straightforward. I landed on “Hint of Spring” by Jane Nicholas in Issue 77. Naturally I don’t have access to all the specific materials so I subbed with whatever is available in my area. I really enjoyed working on it and hopefully I can get permission from the magazine to make enough copies for our guild. We have used Inspirations as a source for a couple of meeting programs in the past.
I practised making the petals for a couple of evenings before actually doing petals that I would use in the piece. I can now do blanket stitch fairly well and consistently. I used a super fine marker to trace the design and I taped the tracing paper to the underside of the fabric and put my iPhone underneath with the flashlight function turned on. It worked great for tracing the tiny pattern.
The stems are done in Stem stitch so I rifled through my various books to make sure I was doing that properly. The bumblebee is done in turkey work (Ghirodes Knot). I’m not sure I did it right…the area to work in was really small so I approximated and it turned out fluffy. I think it needs a little more of a trim but I am happy with my puffy bee. I don’t have a more recent picture…I’ve since added the wings. There are of course things I would do differently or advise the group to look out for but I am satisfied with the work.
Last year we took a break from organizing and presenting the display but this year we are back at it.
Anyone in the area is welcome to stop in and view our work. Our display is presented in groups of technique (crewel, cross stitch, etc.) as well as showing off our program pieces and EAC group correspondence work. Whenever we are out in the public the main feedback from visitors is that they could never do that, it’s too fancy, or they don’t have the patience. This year we have decided to show off our UFO piles. Partially completed projects that maybe we struggled with and set aside out of frustration, or set aside because something else caught our eye, or we just got bored with it. We want people to see the beginning and middle stages as well as the finished product in hopes that it comes across as more accessible and less intimidating activity.
Location: Scott Manor House, 15 Fort Sackville Rd, Bedford, NS
When: August 11 – 17
Time: 1-4pm daily