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!

Monday, October 26, 2020

More Crewel Huswife

The next step in finishing this wonderful crewel huswife is putting the ruler and scissor pockets onto the foundation. First step was to cut out their patterns from the provided plastic, easily done using mat, ruler and rotary cutter to get the most accurate templates.


The ruler pocket was really easy: turn under the pocket top and stitch it down, folding the sides in to the Pekinese stitch top border and pressing using the template as "pattern". Then an easy slip stitch to the foundation after the template was removed: quickly done and very satisfying. The scissor case was a little more complicated. The plastic template stays in this one. The completed front is centered and edges wrapped around the template. Lacing is done with a strong thread. I chose Cotty #12 cotton thread for this. First the top to bottom are laced: the top is carefully stitched on the edge of the fold. Then the sides of the case are laced.

The scissor case lining is folded in slightly smaller than the laced front with corners tucked in. I did use a steam iron to help with this to get sharp creases. 

The lining was slip stitched to the scissor case cover to prepare for final stitching to the foundation.

Here is the result of a carefully stitched scissor case. I put extra stitches at the top corners just to reinforce where the most strain would be. The last step was stitching the little felt "pin page" (my term on this) to the foundation using some of the crewel wool in the same felt color and a catch stitch to secure it. It looks good so far. 

But the next challenging step is putting the lining and the cover together, but that's another day!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Finished Sewing Room!

 Well, ALMOST completed sewing room. After putting in the IKEA desk and drawer unit plus the Pressing Cart, I decided I needed to upgrade my file cabinet. So I spent time cleaning out and organizing files...files of wholesale vendors and SAGA information. Then there were the files of projects, patterns instructions, articles and general ephemera of doing what I do. Out went two grocery bags of paper to the recycling bin. Whew! Never knew I had that much "junk" in those files! Here's the area with the old filing cabinet behind the door...filled with rolls of fabric, dolls, rack of doll clothing and a ribbon holder somewhere underneath. It's crowded in my small room but the new Alex cabinet will make it neater and better organized.


The need to clean out was two-fold: the drawer/file unit I bought from Ikea has only one file drawer and three drawers. And the files badly needed an upgrade of organization. The ALEX drawer unit matches my other wider unit next to my Ikea desk. It blends and looks like I had a professional decorator design the room. 
Skip listin

Skip listingALEX drawer unit/drop file storage white 14 1/8 " 22 7/8 " 27 1/2 "

Putting the unit together was easy...

Count out the parts and get ready to put it together.


Put the outside box together.
Build the three top drawers and secure to inside drawer rails.
Finished file drawer is ready for securing to side rails. 
But moving the files from the old cabinet to new was another matter! 
I threw out more old vendor catalogs, files, file folders....
But the new cabinet is finished, filled and ready for more organized work!
It's much better now. I think I'm finally done with "remodeling" my wonderful sewing room haven!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Huswife Revisited

 I brought out another UFO (Unfinished Object) after finishing the cape and starting work on another sewing project. I like to keep a sewing project and a handwork project in progress. The Crewel Necessities Huswife which I've written about before, was designed by Kim Sanders and an EGA class, was my target: close enough to finishing!

All of the inside pocket embroidery was completed except for some borders.

All pockets were carefully pressed and then cut out after removing from the frame.

The pockets top was turned over and stitched with a catch stitch. Then it was pinned to the pocket foundation and basted together. Machine stitching the pocket borders was next.

The needle pocket borders were completed in Pekinese Stitch with two different green colors of the Appleton wool.

Progress was made! Next up is attaching the ruler pocket and scissor case. Maybe by the end of the week this UFO can be finished!