Life is indeed a stitch!
Berryhill Heirlooms and Susie Gay present techniques, heirloom sewing, hand embroidery and other musings that you will enjoy and appreciate. Come and join in the fun with Susie, a Home Economist, and savor a little rest from your hectic day...and yes, it's a Degree she uses every day!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Making Emeries

I have to make 25 emery bags to go into the Purse Reticule kits. They will be this cone shape when put into the Emery Cover.

I make the bags so there isn't a mess in the classroom when I teach as it takes precious time away from important things. The supplies I need are: tightly woven cotton fabric bags, needles, scissors,
a bucket of Authentic Berryhill Heirlooms Emery, small funnel and a measuring device (a tablespoon in this case). And newspaper to cover the work surface. Since this is going to take a little time I've already put a meal in the crock pot to slow cook all day, my "Keeper Beef Stew".

To sew any Emery Bag: put wrong sides together of cut-out fabric, sew around the outer edges with a 1.5mm straight stitch on your machine and leave an opening. Turn right side out and press each one, and follow the rest of the instructions below. You can make them any shape you want.

When I have the supplies ready and my work area set up, I insert the little funnel into the opening of a bag and pour in the amount of emery powder needed, in this case slightly less than one tablespoon.
The needle is ready with a 30 weight cotton thread and knotted at the end. A tiny whip stitch is perfect and fast to close the opening.
This is a finished one.
I'm done with all 25 of these little Emery Bags so it's on to some much anticipated embroidery!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kit Assembly Line

I'm making lots of kits in preparation for teaching the Purse Reticule in two weeks up in Alexandria, VA for the Alexandria Fine Stitchers.
It's lots of fun ordering supplies, cutting up acid free boards, measuring fabrics and playing with ribbons...lots of ribbons! This is what my dining room table looks like when I'm in progress.
Here's the big box of DMC thread (not the box with the DMC Machine Embroidery Thread!).....And this is after I put 12 skeins of floss in each kit!
A chest covered with bits and pieces ready to be bagged up when the piles on the dining room table are completed.
This is a pile of gold etched quilt fabrics after I've cut pieces for the kits......
And I still have to make the emery bags and measure out 4 different colors of seed beads for each kit.
And print out the patterns and put the needle cards together. Never a dull moment around here. Good thing we don't have friends coming over for dinner in the near future!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Carrot Time

I absolutely love what I do and am grateful everyday that I can stitch, sew, embroider and design when I want to...which usually is each day! But when I have a big project....that drags on and on...then I have to use other tactics to get myself to finish it: carrots. Dangling out there to bribe myself to get more work done on that BIG project, the Christening Gown.

Carrots are rewards. Kind of like treats are for my big Golden boy named Barley to get him to do something he really doesn't want to do. So what carrot am I using today? This gorgeous wool shawl project from a class at the Embroiderers Guild of America National Seminar last year. It's called "Flowers for a Fall Evening" designed and taught by Kris Andrews.  Here she is demonstrating on a student's green shawl.

I'm slowly improving on the Long and Short Stitch used in the flowers and leaves. I've finished the yellow Lily it!
Now I'm working on the Red Poppy side and just completed the big poppy, beads and all.

I still have to finish the vines, leaves and poppy bud (not to mention lining the shawl and beading the ends). But a little a day in between working on the ivory and white version of the Elegance Christening Gown is all I need to make determined progress on both. Soon this carrot will turn into a big bunch of carrots, and a completed project in no time at all!