Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Stitching the Summer Away

Wow!  It has been since early May that we had a post.  Time has definitely been flying away for me this summer.  I'd swear we were just starting June and I wake up this morning and its August 2nd.  Well, before any more time passes, let me catch you up on the happenings 
at Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.

As a quick recap, during our May meeting, 
Mendie C. taught the members how to make cording.  Mendie had a great group of samples using a variety of fiber types.  When you expand your thinking beyond simple DMC and look at other fibers, you can make cording that gives your finishing a very unique look.  Additionally, the thickness of your fiber and the number of fiber strands used can help you create thicker cords.  The great thing about knowing how to make cording is you can use colors from your project to add to your finishing components and not have to hunt all over the place for matching trim.

At our June meeting, which I unfortunately missed, Betty H. taught our members how to use coffee or tea for dyeing linen!  I am sure it was quite a treat having dabbled in a little fabric dyeing myself.  Its not a very difficult endeavor and what a way to transform a piece of linen into a one-of-kind piece.

As we always do in July, we took a 
break to enjoy time with our families.

June Show and Tell

Codi M. - Baby Its Cold Outside
Heartstring Samplery

Codi M. - America
Little House Needlework

Codi M. - Toccata No. 3
The Drawn Thread

Codi M. - Tudor Rose Sampler
Chessie & Me
2014 TRSG Spring Workshop

Mendie C. - Sunshine's Valentine
Cheryl Schuler
Brazilian Embroidery

Mendie C. - Windchimes
Brazilian Embroidery

Mendie C. - Window Box
Crabapple Hill Embroidery
Brazilian Embroidery

Cyndi S. - Free Chart
Designer Unknown
This was a challenge with a group of stitchers

Jennifer M. - Antique Pattern Book Bird Design
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly

Jennifer M. - Autumn Hornbook
Dames of the Needle

Jennifer M. - Early 20th Century Needleroll Reproduction
Taught by Betty H. of TRSG for the 
Dallas Needlework & Textile Guild

Betty H. - Christmas Garden
Blackbird Designs

Sherri H. - Sunflower Punchneedle
Charlotte Dudney
Mounted on a hornbook made by Sherri's husband.

Sherri H. - Save A Pumpkin
Myrtle Grace

Sherri H. - Your Treasure
La-D-Da Designs

1911 King George V Coronation Sampler
Designer Unknown  
Kim L. purchased this 105 year-old English sampler stitched in satin stitch and 
knots using silk thread.   

July Show and Tell

Sharon D. - Girl with Basket
Samplers Remembered - Linda Danielson

Sharon D. - Early 20th Century Needleroll Reproduction
Taught by Betty H. of TRSG for the 
Dallas Needlework & Textile Guild

Judy M. - Amena House 1845
Samplers Remembered - Linda Danielson

Judy M. - Girl with Basket
Samplers Remembered - Linda Danielson

Cyndi S. - Petite Spanish Sampler
Designer Unknown

Mendie C. - Tiny Red Button
Jinx Shearer
Brazilian Embroidery

Pat M. - Ballerinas
Little House Needlework

Kim L. - Ann's Sampler
Threadwork Primitives
Stitched on 50 count linen for 
Gloria M. for her birthday.

Sherry S. - Woodland Cottage
Elizabeth's Designs

Sherry S. - Gather Moments
Shepherd's Bush

Sue S. - 2015 TRSG Christmas Ornament
Cyndi S. and Debbie G.

Sue S. - No Place Like Home
Catherine Theron Designs

Sherri H. - Daisy Daisy
La-D-Da Designs

Robert H. - Sampler Dude and Dames
Milady's Needle

Every day a thread makes a skein in the year. 

~Dutch Proverb~

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Little Spring in Our Stitches

The bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping and the flowers are popping.  The fields are green and hay has even been cut once here in Texas.  The baby calves and goats are frolicking across the fields without a care in the world.  It is so wonderful watching the world renew itself.  Before we know it, school will be out, and the hot temperatures will be on us.  I, for one, enjoy this time of year despite not getting much time to stitch.  I hope you are finding time to stitch.  Someone add a few stitches for me.

During our March meeting of Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, we learned a new technique for our repertoire of finishing techniques.  Debbie G. gave a wonderful presentation on ruching.  Ruching is a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat; the term is a sewing technique in which fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeating pattern to form ruffles, scallops, or petals.   To help you along in learning how to add ruched edging to your pieces, check out Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) tutorial at: http://tts-learntofinish.blogspot.com/2012/02/rusched-ribbon.html 

Here is a wonderful example of 
a piece with ruched edges: 

It truly adds a unique edge to 
your finishing and it is so easy. 

In April, members received their kits for the 2016 Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Stitch-A-Long - Catherine Theron's 
Early Spring Lambs.
 The second photo is reflects the stitching 
layout for those who are out of town.
Member's Show and Tell
Lynn M. - All Year Squared
Betsy Morgan (Willing Hands Designs)
Lynn M. - Stocking
Designed by Linda Cox
Lynn M. - Rose Pincushion
Blackbird Designs
Lynn E. - Soul Birds
La-D-Da Designs
Valerie R. - Patriotic Stockings
The Need'l Love Company
Judy M. - Jane Woodard 1822 Reproduction 
Sampler - Designer Unknown
Debbie G. - Stitching Scissors
Dessin DHC
 Mendie C. - Home Sweet Home
Carolyn Pearce
Doris M. - Hurl Not The Earth
Plum Street Samplers
Sherry S. - Liberty Inn
Chessie & Me
Anne T. - Thee I Wed
La-D-Da Designs
Betty H. - Litha Summer Solstice
The Primitive Hare
Karen H. - Things Unseen Sampler
Lizzie Kate - Mystery Sampler in 3 parts
Karen H. - Boot Name Tag for 
2016 EGA SCR Seminar
Sharon Davis - Beaded (Peyote)
Karen H. - A Few Shells Fob
Fern Ridge Designs - Beaded (Peyote and Fringe)
Michelle L. - Wee Wooly
Heart in Hand Designs
The sheep is stitched with 
Gentle Arts Simply Wool Thread. 
Gloria M. - Good Intentions
Kathy Barrick
Gloria stitched this sampler for 
Kim L. for Christmas
What a wonderful friend!
Debbie H. - Alice Ponsford Antique Sampler 
and adaption by Debbie H.
Alice Ponsford adaption to 
be published by Woody Creek Designs
Robert H. - Jane Brown 1831 Sampler
Amy Mitten Designs
Robert H. - Long May She Wave
With My Needle
This piece is from TRSG's Workshop with Ellen Chester in May 2015.  Great job Robert.  

"The cuckoo comes in April,
Sings a song in May:
Then in June another tune,
And then she flies away."
~~English Rhyme~~