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 17, 2018

Satisfaction and Snails

You're probably thinking "what the heck is she thinking and what does it have to do with needlework???"

Satisfaction is finishing another UFO (Unfinished Object) albeit slowly like a snail. It gives me great satisfaction. I will think about the chosen project everyday and can't wait to get some precious time to slip away and work on it, however little. Case in point, this project: Gail Doane's "Liberty Trim Sewing Case". I have no idea when I took the class from Gail, maybe 2-3 years ago. I wanted something to work on while I was teaching at the SAGA Convention a few weeks ago especially since I had some extra time at the hotel for special events bookending the teaching. So I grabbed this one.

I set a goal of one flower a night, and just the flower. Slowly I crept through the 7 flowers. Then I set a goal of the stems and leaves. While at the EGA National Seminar I worked on the monogram and finished it after I came home.
Slowly but surely (like a snail)  I finished the embroidery.

I've worked everyday for the last four days on the case construction. I love the color choices in this kit, especially the  floral Liberty Lawn.
The inside of the case has three zippered pockets and six small pockets. Plenty of room for my stitching essentials.
Here's the finished sewing case.  It took lots of short spurts of time over many days, but it's done. Another UFO out of the box!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Embroiderer's Guild of America National Seminar

I've just left Louisville, KY, where I attended the EGA National Seminar after a beautiful drive through the West Virginia mountains. I was hoping for beautiful fall colors on the trees but alas, our hot, very late summer has precluded that. One can hope.....

I'm took only two classes at the Seminar this year covering three days, but two that challenged me: Wool Appliquéd Fingertip Gloves and Crewel Necessities.

Deborah Gale Tirico is the teacher for the Fingertip Gloves. She's very energetic and funny, and a very good teacher. I loved the way she used technology to "film" and project her stitch demonstrations up on a screen to make it easy for all to see. Here she is in class:
These are her glove samples in the different color kits that were available for us to choose. I chose the orange and turquoise one, second from the right. This will be an easy and fun project to finish!
My second class was Crewel Necessities taught by Kim Sanders. It's a Necessary, storage for your needles, ruler, scissors, etc.  It opens like a book and is also embroidered on the inside. I love this project!
It's made out of Ulster Linen Twill, a fabric I've never stitched on. It's quite sturdy.
I'm also using an Evertight frame seen on the left in the photo above (not covered yet). The Appleton wools are the best and I'm challenged with the stitches. This is a class that covers many of the basic crewel techniques and stitches so it's a very good class for me. Long and short stitch has always been my bugaboo but Kim makes it very understandable.

The Ulster Linen Twill is attached to the Evertight Frame with tacks. Very different for me, but it really keeps the fabric taut.
Below is my progress on the second day of class. I'm pleased and I learned a lot. I know I will be able to finish this gorgeous project with what I've learned. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

MESDA Tour Eye Candy

 My trip to Winston Salem (for the SAGA National Convention) included a special tour of the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) . We were able to tour the main floor displaying gorgeous decorative items to include furniture, paintings, quilts, silver and so much more. They have a wonderful collection of samplers.

Look at these samplers and the beautiful sewing tables.
Here's an unusual map sampler of the United States.
Notice California is marked as unexplored regions yet San Francisco is noted on the coastline.
The Museum had some beautiful quilts on display including this appliqué one. Each block is made by a different lady and the fabrics each one used are different.
The basement floor detailed the history of the Moravians who settled Old Salem. We learned about and saw beautiful examples of Moravian needlework and crafts, including those of the Girls School the Moravian sisters founded to teach the genteel arts of the time.
Here is a sampler by Maria Steiner, 1808 (she was about 16 years old) that's linen or cotton thread on cotton. Very unusual!
Another sampler (silk) of a little girl and her lamb.
The lamb was stitched using silk chenille which is beautiful but difficult to stitch with.
This is a lovely pincushion and bag made from silk, silk thread and sequins, circa 1800-1820.
I love sewing tables. This one is beautiful, elegant and in perfect condition.
And last but not least is this beautiful beaded bag made around 1825-1840, from glass beads, metallic beads and sequins on silk.
That's enough eye candy for now!