Wednesday, 8 August 2012

A Summersville Day

While on holiday I took some hand stitching with me. I took some EPP, but that can wait for another day. I took a FQ of Summersville. Just for me to play with in hoops. What I failed to take into account was that as soon as the girls saw what I was doing they would want some too. Why I failed to take this into account is beyond me because you think I would know  better by now! So my Summersville is decimated but the girls stitched happily by my side. I suppose this is a good thing.

The top two are Helen's (on the left) and Emily's (on the right). The bottom one is mine. Yes, I am well aware that Helen got way more done than I did.


I am very pleased with the contrasting textures I managed to get into the different parts though. I was just playing with made up stitches but most of the time I got the effect I wanted.


I didn't want to do the second tree until I got home again because I wanted to use a different green on it. I didn't have one with me as I only took some of my perle threads. And I remembered I had some extra special perle given to me as an extra in a swap. (I also got some fabric and while away I suddenly had the light bulb moment of how I wanted to piece it in a quilt - don't  you love those sudden moments of clarity?!) Anyway, I have had the perle and fabric carefully hidden away until the right moment and the right moment had arrived for this green.


It is amazing. Hand dyed with a slight variation in the shades and a wonderful sheen. It sews beautifully and I loved using it. In an attempt to find yet another texture to make this tree look different from the other I did a chain stitch in a meandering loop. The tree is now done.

Think I will do the Summersville Tours bus next. Bright orange I am thinking, like a secondhand school bus.

Susan

39 comments:

  1. Wow your girls are stars! And you are not so bad yourself Susan! Love the texture!

    Isn't it good when plans come together brilliantly

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  2. Well, the girls hoops are lovely and I'm very impressed with their happiness to sit and do that with you too! But yours, my dear, is beautiful. Especially in love with the chain stitch filling in!

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  3. Love it! Your girls did GREAT!!!!

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  4. Absolutely fabulous...all of them.
    Definitely looking forward to seeing more of these done - love the stitches you have used :)

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  5. Wow, that handstitching is amazing! I can't even manage a blanket stitch on my felt ornaments yet! Love this, and I love the wall hanging that says I quilt so I won't kill people. Too funny.

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  6. Wow, I love this so much that I will keep my eye out for some black and white fabric. A very clever idea and the texture in your stitches looks great. I'm also impressed with your daughters work. Way to go girls!

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  7. Loving everyone's embroidery - must find time to get on with my embroidery Summersville. Must find time to get one with any sewing!

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  8. This looks lovely, and so clever with the different textures - can't wait to see the school bus!

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  9. Oooh, very nice! I've been meaning to give this a go at some point, but yes, at your age I would have thought you would have learned to share your toys ;o)

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  10. It looks lovely - I like the different textures. And that's some impressively quality stitching from your girls.

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  11. love it!!! Such a cute idea :-D

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  12. Beautiful stitching. I'm sure if I tried I'd only make a mess! :o)

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  13. Great stitching! I love your creativity, making it up as you go along! And it works!! If I did that it would look rubbish!

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  14. These are sooo sooo lovely. What patience you have.
    Time you gave your clever girls some white fabric and a black marker pen. I wonder what they would come up with !

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  15. These are so fun and totally gorgeous! The girls did a great job on theirs. I love how your stitching has incorporated so much texture too. That second tree is inspired!!

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  16. Brilliant! Love that green!

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  17. Sigh.
    I wish I could embroider like you.........but I can't :-/
    Lovely stitchiness :-)

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  18. Man! You are amazing! Beautiful embroidery and your girls put me to shame! I also now realize that I have some super special Wildflowers perle cotton that I bought in a bag at a thrift store!!!! EEP!

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  19. This is stunning stitching S! And your girls are just as talented with the needle too! So beautiful! jxo

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  20. What fun, I think your girls are natural stitchers.

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  21. These look fabulous - the green is beautiful and I love the pretty stitching!

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  22. Oh my goodness what gorgeous stitching and fabulous thread! Love it!

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  23. Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!

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  24. this is GORGEOUS - i've been trying my hand at embroidery.. its not working, im so jealous, especially afters seeing this!

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  25. Oh so lovely... I love embroidery very much, looking at your work makes me want to have Summerville fabric too!

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  26. Lovely.. The Perle thread works better than stranded thread in my opinion... I'm off to gather mine together..

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  27. Yours is waaaay better than mine. I need to come round for hand sewing lessons. I tend to get a bit stabby and just whack it in whereever I feel like it.

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  28. Love the idea of coloring fabric with embroidery. And you are so good at it (and your girls too)!

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  29. Wow, it's amazing! I love all the different textures you've used - I can see I'm going to have to try some different threads rather than just sticking to embroidery floss.
    P.S. I love what the girls did too - they're obviously naturally talented, just like their mam!

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  30. WOW this is incredible!! I adore the textures created and stitches you've used. I bought some Summersville with the same thought but don't know when I'll get round to it! Truly beautiful Susan!

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  31. OOoh lovely, I love how you have created texture, and don't you just those light bulb moments, so exciting and satisfying. The girls have taken to embroidery like ducks to water.

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  32. amazing embroidery Susan, love all the different stitches and textures

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  33. wow, you are good. Another thing I need to learn, embroidery!

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  34. That's excellent! I think you have inspired me to start playing with my Summerville!

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