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!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Making Embroidery Easier

I love hand embroidery but sometimes I don't have the right equipment on hand to get the job done quickly and easily. I do love my sit-upon embroidery hoop (the Elbesee Seat Frame). I can have hands free stitching without holding the hoop.

But what is even better is the Elbesee Floor Frame. I just got them in from Britain and I absolutely love mine! It can be adjusted to two different heights. And the 8" hoop on the stalk can be moved up or down to adjust even more. I can sit in any chair and pull the frame up to me and just stitch away at a comfortable height. Much easier on the neck and shoulders! The wood hoop can be tilted back to reach the underside of the embroidery. The floor frame is light (easy to move around) and doesn't take up much room. It's made of beautifully crafted highly polished wood.

Here's a photo with a piece in the hoop that I've been working on, a kit from one of my EGA classes. I can move the stand anywhere to take advantage of the good light. It's a wonderful to sit in front of the fireplace enjoying the fire and stitching. Or I can easily move to another room for strong sunlight. I love it when stitching equipment works for me!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Infinity Baby Bonnet

Who doesn't love to see a precious bonnet on an infant? Beautifully stitched, lovingly embroidered and tied with soft silk ribbons? I enjoy making them because they don't take long to make as a small project. I always use motifs from the outfit, whether christening gown or dress, so the bonnet matches.

Here's the one I made for the Infinity Christening Gown:  sweet, simple, easy and, very importantly, adjustable with the casing in the back.

The lace is mitered at the front corners.....
The bonnet is perfect for the gown: elegant and simple at the same time, perfect for a boy or a girl!
The instructions and supplies for the bonnet are included with the kit for the Infinity Christening that I'm teaching at the Boston Stitch Party Retreat. Sign up and join us!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pin Tucks

Pin tuck...what the heck is it?

It's exactly what it says: a tuck that's tiny as a pin's width. I like stitching them by hand. They're pretty easy, kind of monotonous: it's a rhythm thing. The kind of stitching that can be done watching TV.

I use a fine, cotton sewing machine thread and a #10 sharp needle on the batiste. I draw the fold line with the blue washout pen, fold the fabric along the line and begin the tiny pin ticks with a split back stitch on the underside of the tuck. I take tiny, even running stitches along the line, rocking the fabric onto the needle as I go.
This is the result on the unfinished bodice front...vertical triple pin tucks on either side of the machine pintstitched lace.
Pin tucks are another heirloom technique I'll teach (part of my Infinity Christening Gown Class) at SAGA's Boston Stitch Party March 30-2 April 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bedford Glen, MA.
Come and join the party!