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~~