Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Stitching

One of the first things people ask me when they come in the shop is, "Did you stitch all of these?" (meaning my shop models). "Most of them," I say. I really like to stitch, and I'm fast. I have a number of pieces in the shop made by friends of mine. A few by model stitchers. But I've probably got well over 100 pieces in the shop that I've stitched (and those are just the ones here...that I haven't given away or have hanging at home.) I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you. (You can click on each picture to make it bigger and easier to ogle.)

Blackbird Designs pieces are fun to stitch. I love Barb & Alma's use of color, and their kind of shabby-chic look. This one is from their "Souvenirs of Summer" book, and I think this design was also featured in a magazine at some point. It didn't take too long to stitch, but I remember it being a great summer piece. Patriotic, but not too "primary" in terms of color.

This is another Blackbird Designs piece -- you may recognize it as their Mystery Sampler which came out in pieces during their Loose Feathers club of 2008. I finished mine a long time ago, but only recently stretched and hung it. I stitched mine on a 40 count R&R Reproductions linen, and did a little tweaking here and there. This was another really fun summer piece to stitch. Again, great summer colors that I don't need sunglasses to look at.

I stitched this one quite a while back. It's Prairie Schooler's Farmer's Alphabet. I love veggies, and this design is so pleasing to me. One of the most fun things about stitching this piece was feeling a great sense of accomplishment as I stitched each letter. I could bang a few out at a time, and before I knew it, the piece was finished. Just DMC floss, but I used 32 ct. Lambswool linen (I think it called for a Jobelan.) Even though I've had this one for years, I still really love it, and it makes me think of veggie stands on the side of the road, and the nothing-better taste of still-warm tomatoes from the garden.

As much as I'm enjoying summer here in Hattiesburg, I am not enjoying the 100+ heat index temperatures we have every day. It rains. Then it heats right back up, but the water evaporates, so it's hot and humid. A few positives: my hibiscus out front is VERY happy right now; our air conditioning is in working order; and I have several different types of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the freezer. Hope you're enjoying summer. I'm going to go home and stitch!


12 comments:

DonnaTN said...

I am so jealous of people who stitch fast! What is wrong with me that I am so slow? Do you use the stick method or the sewing method. Thanks for sharing your pretty pieces! I try to put a few stitches in my wip tonight myself.

Theresa said...

I use the sewing method -- I am self-taught, and started stitching in-hand. In fact, I thought I was brilliant and "invented" the sewing method when I was younger. Turns out, I just figured out something lots of other people were already doing.

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

Beautiful stitchery, T!!!!

Jen said...

When she says she stitches fast, she means super fast. It is really amazing how quickly she can finish a project and make it look so effortless.

natalie said...

These are all so beautiful. I'm interested, too, in your formula for stitching quickly. Sometimes I stitch in hand, and sometimes not. In hand when I have one strand of thread, and in a q-snap if I have multiple strands so I can railroad. Will you divulge your method? :)

natalie said...

Never mind, I see you divulged already! Do you stitch in hand even with multiple strands of thread?

marylin & poussy said...

Hello your realizations are very beautiful I am a fan of design Blackbird I am exaggerating with it at the moment on my blog! Your embroidery are magnificent!
Best regards marylin and poussy

Giovanna said...

They're all so beautiful, Theresa, I can't wait to see more of them.

woolwoman said...

Oh gosh Theresa - I sure can relate to 100+ degree heat index and we've had severe t-storms with damage every day this week - no damage at my house thankfully - yes this is sure the optimum time to stitch in a/c. your finished pieces are sure beautiful ! I love them all - I had not seen that PS farmers alphabet before and the BBD ones are so wonderful. Stay cool and keep that needle moving! Mel

Leanna said...

You're adorable.
And what a talent, too!

octobereves said...

Beautiful finishes. I'm stitching the BD mystery sampler and am loving it. I'm switching a lot of the colors. I have a question, if you have a second to answer, is that the letter I or the letter J or is the letter I missing or is it the letter J that is missing. I know some samplers leave out the J, but that looks more like a J and as if the I was left out. THANKS! I have a reason for needing to know.

Theresa said...

It really could be either, octobereves...an I or a J -- you'd have to ask Barb or Alma. The letter "J" was represented by the letter "I" until the mid 18th century (so often, a sampler stitched prior to that time will just have an I and no J.)