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!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Best Needles

Every now and then I run across a really fantastic stitching notion. I found Tulip Needles when I was taking the Royal School of Needlework classes this past spring in Williamsburg, VA. I had never seen them before and just the packaging alone is beautiful and fascinating.
Look at the little red cord on the holds a little paper seal with a red tulip printed on it. The shape of the package is unusual. And best of all, inside is a little plastic tube with a tiny cork that holds the needles. It's like opening a jewelry box and finding an incredible surprise inside!
The needles are made in Hiroshima, Japan. Each needle goes through 30 processes to make sure they are safe, glide through the fabric effortlessly and are of the highest quality available.
These are perfect for delicate needlework, beading, needle weaving, smocking...anywhere a fine needle is required. They come in several types: Tapestry, Milliners, Quilting Embroidery, Applique and more. I've been able to stock a few on my website at the bottom of the Notions page. Please check them out!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jelly Roll Jacket and Dress

I just love it when I complete a big project...such a good feeling of accomplishment.

This is the Gail Doane project that is on the Summer 2016 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine. I was fortunate to take Gail's workshop in June at Chadwick Heirlooms in Richmond, VA. I figured I would make this for our younger granddaughter who would enjoy the whimsy, colors and style of the jacket and dress ensemble. This would be for her birthday...this September 5. Oops. I had put it aside to complete the Elegance Christening Ensemble and some other projects so it was time to "get hot" on this one! And I did...just in time to mail it to her for that special day.

One thing I had to keep in mind is our grand daughter's favorite color: yellow. Yellow and more yellow.  I chose this Jelly Roll (what you use to make all of the beautiful colored strips on the jacket and on the dress) because it had a prominent yellow fabric. So I used that yellow fabric down the center front of the jacket and down the sleeve center....

and across the back, which really highlighted her favorite color. The jacket lining is a yellow floral. So much fun for her!
Here's the matching dress.
It's so nice to have it it's on to the next project: a lattice smocked black velveteen children's hand muff. But more about that later......

Friday, September 9, 2016

Last Project Touches

I really look forward to the last little touches of a project, especially if I've been slogging through one that seems to take forever because of interruptions. I've been working on one of my own creations, The Notions Necessaire. It's part of a raffle basket for the SAGA National Convention. The raffle baskets are a major fund raiser for SAGA. It's good for me to make up one of my patterns every now-and-then to refresh my memory, try some new techniques. And of course I love to play with colorful fabrics...who doesn't? The Notions Necessaire is made from quilting fabrics...four of them. I purchased these wonderful fabrics from Chadwick Heirlooms. Not only does Chadwick's have a wonderful collection of heirloom fabrics, but their quilt fabrics are to die for! Here's the pincushion and emery (above) that sits inside the Spool Keeper. It's so cute in these fabrics!

Adding the spools of thread to the Spool Keeper adds more color to the project and goodies to the raffle basket.
I like to add beads to the Necessaire's satin ties. These were at a chain fabric store...large enough holes for the cord to slip through.

I so love it when a project comes together! Who knows what else I will add to this raffle basket?