Life is indeed a stitch!
Berryhill Heirlooms and Susie Gay present techniques, heirloom sewing, hand embroidery and other musings. 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!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

More Break Sewing

Kits for two upcoming classes are completed so it's time to make something fun for myself. When ordering fabrics for the Purse Reticule kits I ordered some fabric for a shirt to go with some very special 'buttons" that I inherited from my mother. Aren't they interesting?

They are authentic Southwest silver buttons inlaid with turquoise and stamped with a cross motif. I've had them for years. They cannot be sewn permanently on because of washing the shirt, so I plan to use either "button pins" or cotter pins  so they can be removed prior to cleaning. I'll use the button pins after researching the value of these beautiful buttons: definitely more secure! Only having enough of them for the shirt front, I used some plain black buttons on the cuffs.

 I stitch small round holes for the button shank to peek through the garment front and attach either cotter pin or button pin (see the photo above for cotter pins), and stitch regular button holes on the other side.

If you look really close, one of the button pins is through the button shank over the black fabric just off center to the left....yes, it's a bad picture!

Black fabric was the best choice, and the addition of white dots works nicely. Relating elements in this project are dots and circles, and the black fabric relates to the stamped design in the buttons.  The fabric is a linen/rayon blend and washed up beautifully. Not to be too plain, I am using a black and white stripe line pique (leftover from my Ascot doll outfit class) on the collar stand and cuffs.

This will be great to wear with jeans or black pants, and it's comfortable.
Happy Stitching and Sewing!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Reticule Kits

More kits, more fun for the Smocking Arts Guild of America National Convention in October! My Purse Reticule Kits are loaded with goodies and take quite some time to gather and kit up. But I LOVE playing with all the colors. But first, the word "reticule"..what the heck is it? A reticule was a small drawstring bag carried as a purse by a woman in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is also used as a synonym for any kind of purse or handbag carried by a woman. Nowadays, reticule mostly means some sort of bag that has assorted sewing and embroidery implements stored inside.

The inside of my Purse Reticule case carries just about anything you'd need for your stitching needs....lots of pockets, a pincushion, emery, scissor case and a needle book.
The one pictured is the first one I made. It's held up well through all the handling it's received through the many classes. But I ordered some really great fabrics for this next batch of kits. 

Look at those color combinations!! Several would look wonderful with the black silk duping at the bottom of each picture.

The prints go on the inside, and silk on the outside. All is embroidered with silk ribbon work and beads and the possibility of so many gorgeous color combinations for the ribbons and beads....Oh My!
It's going to be fun putting these together in the next few weeks.
Happy Stitching!


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Project Mania

 Projects, projects, many too do and not really enough time for them all!

Lots of projects keep me busy, out of trouble and on my toes so to speak. Too many and I'm overloaded but that's another story. I like to keep busy with a few projects so I'm not bored. My sewing room/office looks like it, too.

I work on two or three items each day. The projects right now?? Well....I'm working on another article for Classic Sewing Magazine probably for the next summer issue. I stitch a little on the design, then come back to it and critique the colors, stitches, and overall design idea. This is after I've drawn it out in my idea book and written down ideas and construction points. 

Then there are the two different scissor cases I've designed to be included in a larger project which I work on every few days. Yes, I know the photo is not good...I want to keep these two projects protected and clean.

Supplies have been ordered for the classes I'm teaching at the SAGA Convention this October. It takes a while to figure out exactly what's needed for them between what I already have in stock and what I have to order...about a week of figuring and actual ordering, and hoping everything is available what with all the supply chain issues lately!

The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Sampler class is ready to go. I'm assembling kits for the Springtime Jewelry Bag class seen in my dining room here....This is the second class I've 'kitted' out.

I have another one to go....The Purse Reticule is the last one and the most challenging one. It takes at least two whole days to put the kits together. Thank goodness I'm starting two months before the event! There is still time to register for the Convention is you want to attend. You can access information here to sign up or just learn about what we members do at the Smocking Arts Guild of America Convention.

Happy Stitching and stay cool!!