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, July 3, 2020

Covid Project II


Installing the swag and jabot window treatments on our bedroom project was fairly easy, even using the same holes in the walls to screw the L brackets into from the old, same-style window treatments. Here's one ready for bracket installation. You can see the white coverlet (re-purposed from the linen closet) and the new bedskirt.
The supplies are simple: L brackets, hammer, screw driver, pencil, measuring tape and ruler, and of course, screws. The window swag and jabots are stapled onto a fabric covered board. Careful measuring was important to be able to use those same wall holes.
After installing them I "trained" the folds of the jabots, and checked the folds of the swags. 

We are more than pleased with the final result. Amazing what two people can do during this pandemic!
My recently completed Cream and Sugar Quilt at the foot of the bed goes perfectly with the new fabric!
The bed on the floor between the two dressers belongs to Barley, the 106 pound Golden Retriever. Oh, and his whale toy, too.

We loaded all of the old items: window treatments, pillow shams (2 sets), bed skirt, old coverlet and duvet cover, into the back of the SUV, and took them to a local Thrift Store.
I am SO glad this project is over and done! I'm grateful we could do it ourselves and can enjoy our 'new' room. It's peaceful and relaxing. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Covid Project I

My husband and I have gotten more projects accomplished during the last 3 months than we do in a year...by far. The biggest one yet has been a major re-do of our bedroom.....new window treatments, new bed linens and painting every last inch of it. We'd been considering this major project for over a year. I was dreading it since I would be the "decorator" and seamstress to make it all. But with quarantine and plenty of time on our hands we jumped in, or rather I jumped into fabric selection. It's scary when you can't touch, feel and look fabric in the eye. I knew I wanted a Toile fabric...creams, blues would pull the same colors out of the rug. Great thing about the internet is you can browse everywhere....bad thing about the internet is you have to "trust" what you see on your computer screen! I finally located a fabric at www.fabric.com: a lovely toile in the colors I wanted plus some golds, browns. It looked great on the computer. I added the total # of yards up for 3 window treatments, a bedskirt, pillow shams and re-covering the bench....about 22 yards. Ouch! Not cheap but then I was the labor so we were saving a great deal of $$ in that department. Fabric.com shipped it quickly since it was a big order (combined with the cream cotton sateen lining).

I moved Sewing Central into the dining room. The bedskirt (Butterick 3116 by Waverly, out of print) is pictured in progress and partially sewn to an old sheet to fit between mattress and box springs.
Hemming the bedskirt bottom and sides was done by machine: fast and easy!
After hemming was completed the sides were pinned and sewn to the 'deck': sheet plus some added fabric strips. 
The window treatment pattern, McCall's 5796 (also out of print), was one I used before, a swag and jabot style. All measurements and pattern pieces were ready to go. Saved lots of time. Cutting out those big swaths of fabric on my narrow table was interesting. Sewing was a breeze since I had plenty of pre-fill bobbins on hand: they last a long time before a new one is needed. The big ironing board and iron next to the table made things fast. All told it was about 7 days of sewing between other responsibilities.

Here's the bedroom mess. Painting was...well...painting. We started with the ceiling and worked our way down. The walls changed from a gold color to "Take Five" from Sherwin Williams, a soft blue.  
Then the fun began with the trim....I painting all 6 doors and 3 windows in a pure white semi-gloss.  My husband did the base boards. Whew!! And we cleaned the windows, inside and out, before installing the window treatments. But that's the next blog with the big reveal!






Sunday, June 28, 2020

Just Stitch Challenge Day Seven!

It's the last day of the challenge and I want to thank everyone who has participated and visited both my blog here and Jeannie's blog. It's been fun for me and got me out of the pandemic doldrums and stitching every day. That's a good thing!

Today's work is in crewel embroidery. The Crewel Necessities Huswife by Kim Sanders. I've already completed the outside of the huswife, now it's time to work on the inside crewelwork.
I like to work all of the same elements, then go on to the next element, to save time. So I did the Whipped Chain Stitch stems first. Chain stitch is easy, and whipping them after completing the chain is even easier. Here I'm just starting the chain stitch. Both the chain stitch and whipping were all one color.
Next element are the leaves done in Closed Fly Stitch. They're very easy done in the wool. First you stitch a straight stitch one third or so down from the top into the leaf. I've drawn the vein to make it easier for placement.
Then you stitch a fly stitch straddling the straight stitch. A Fly Stitch looks like a "Y" and it reminds me of an open Lazy Daisy Stitch. 
There is a catch stitch to hold the loop down and it's right on the vein line: bring the needle up in the loop of the Fly Stitch exactly next to the previous catch stitch.
Then go down on the other side of the loop, again right on the vein line. Continue the Closed Fly stitches down the leaf to fill it up, like the one in the photo.
The catch stitches become the vein of the leaf. So easy and fun to do!
So today is the last posting of the Just Stitch Seven Day Challenge. Tomorrow I'll have an entirely different post showing what I've been doing redecorating a room for the previous three weeks. 
Lots of sewing!!