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, January 13, 2021

Beaded Scissor Fob

Now that the holidays are over and it's January...time to bring out those kits and UFO's (those unfinished objects) that are hanging around. I uncovered this lovely kit, a beaded scissor fob from Fern Ridge Collections that I'd purchased at the EGA's National Seminar 2018 in Louisville. I chose, from their many kits, the Sewing Society Fob.  Everything came in the kit including two needles and Nymo thread. It's adorable and subtly colored. Love the spool design!

Doing something that taxes your brain is a good thing. This one did. I've done peyote stitch before but never using two needles on one thread at the same time. I had a false start then finally got the hang of it. 

Using a small pincushion for the 'unused' needle was the easiest way to keep me, and the beading, straight. Especially when working with tiny Delicas!

After finishing the peyote body I added the top with the lobster claw. Easy!

It's all fun (once you get the hang of the two needle peyote) but the really fun part was adding all the do-dads for the fringe: different size pearls and bicone crystal beads in a range of colors! And a cute spool charm. Here's the first dangle of fringe....7 more to go.

It's good to learn something new, get a kit out of the UFO box, all at the same time! 

What UFO's are you working on this January??

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Finished Crewel Necessities

 I am so pleased with this finish! The colors, the gorgeous Ulster upholstery linen, the design...everything! It's almost too pretty to use. The last finishing steps were the hardest and the most fun.

Back to lacing again after putting the padded side of the board towards the wrong side of the front. I used the heavy polyester thread provided in the kit and kept the thread "running" from the spool on the wood spool holder for the long amount needed (no knotting in between). First one way, then the other way.

The inside cover was pinned to the outside one to get ready for stitching.

The instructions said to slip stitch the two together but I used a slightly slanted Ladder stitch to make it a bit more secure with the polyester thread. A small opening was left on one end to eventually tuck the cord ends into.
I made the cord with pearl cotton and used my Spinster.

Next the cord was pinned to the edges of the Necessity starting at the little opening. Stitching the cord to the edge was the hard part. It took two days to slowly work my way around the rectangle using one strand of supplied embroidery thread to match the cord. Guided by the instructions I placed a piece of tape around the cord a little way from the opening and then cut in between the tape.

I used my "Purple Thang" to push the end into the opening, then repeated to the opposite end of the cord. Both ends we're secured together and to the edges. Whew!
A small pearl button was stitched to the cord endings to disguise the joining.

Opposite the cord, on the other side of the case, I made a button loop with pearl cotton over three strands of pearl cotton and then buttonhole stitched over the 3-strand loop. 

It's done. Finished! Here's the inside...

And the beautiful outside. Thank you to Kim Sanders of North Carolina for teaching this wonderful class and designing such a beautiful project!!

It looks so pretty and clean I'm hesitant to use it so maybe I'll display it in my newly remodeled sewing room!

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!