Archive for the ‘stump work’ Category

I haven’t written a blog post in so long I’m not sure I even remember how to do it.  Well here goes!!  Life certainly has a way of carrying you away like a speeding train, I’ve been so busy the past few years but I have gotten a fair amount of stitching done in between all life’s chaos and my daughters very busy volleyball schedule.  I should write a blog post on how to stitch at volleyball tourneys while dodging flying volleyballs.

I entered three pieces in the West Virginia state fair this past summer and was just over the moon exited that one of my pieces won Best of Show, Best of Cross Stitch and a First place blue ribbon in the Patriotic category. You could have knocked me over with a feather!!  My husband had to convince me that the ribbons laying in the case beside my piece were actually mine.  I didn’t believe I had won them until he got someone who was working the needlework exhibit to come over and tell me they were in fact for my piece.  The piece was a design by Erica Michael’s called Liberty Squared worked on 40 count gauze stitched over 1.  Including frame this little guy is literally just a little over 3×3, it’s teeny tiny!

My next entry was my Dragonfly in Amber piece that I designed and blogged about last year.  I was so very pleased that it won the first place blue ribbon for the Original or Adapted design category.  This piece was a labor of love for me, being that it was my own original design based on my favorite series of books by Diana Gabaldon.  I’m still amazed that I designed it and was able to actually make dragonfly wings.  You can see more detailed photos of this piece here.
And last but certainly not least is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve done, The Mary Victor sampler that I worked on over a period of several years.  I purchased this as a kit in Colonial Williamsburg during one of our family vacations, and when I look at it I am reminded of so many wonderful memories of our favorite vacation as well as many memories made while in the process of stitching it.  This sampler won a second place ribbon for the sampler category.  You can see more of this sampler here.
As you can see I had a really great day at the fair, I think I was on cloud nine for weeks after.  I am looking forward to entering my work again, hopefully I will have a few things to enter this year!  I really enjoy going to the fair to see all the beautiful pieces everyone has worked so hard on and then there is the added bonus of a good West Virginia hot dog and a funnel cake for dessert, couldn’t have asked for a better day!  
Happy Stitching!!  

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We are having a beautiful spring-like day here, the sun is shining and it’s supposed to be a warm day.  I thought today would be a good day to share with you something that I have been working on for the past few months.  I designed a piece based on one of my favorite book series, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  The name of the piece is Dragonfly in Amber.  I really stepped out of my box to do this piece, I have never done stump-work and truthfully I was a little terrified to try to pull this off.  But my determination to make an actual dragonfly with wings that lift from the linen pushed me forward. 

The wings of the dragonfly are made of an amber-gold organza that I couched over jewelry wire and cut out.  His body is made up of roughly 100-150 French knots.  The bands were worked with silk lame braid that has a shimmer to it along with a variegated Caron Collection Waterlilies silk.  There are also amber colored beads in the bands as well as the eyes of the dragonfly and pearl beads between the hearts.  The pearl beads represent Claire’s pearls that were Jamie’s mothers that he gave her on their wedding day.  One of the bands was worked in Scotch and reverse Scotch stitch to represent Scotland where Outlander takes place.  If you have read Outlander this will all make sense to you.

I have actually made two of these, the first one was a little different; it had a verse where I have placed my initials.  The verse ,by Catullus, was a verse used in the first book when the dragonfly in amber was given to Claire. Then let amorous kisses dwell on our lips begin and tell. A thousand and a hundred score, a hundred and a thousand more.  I can’t really share much about the first piece with you, it is a gift for someone so I will keep it under wraps until they have received it. This piece I did for myself and to enter in the original design category in our State Fair.  I had to reduce the size a bit to meet the qualifications of the category.  I wasn’t able to make the verse work in a smaller space so I opted to use my initials instead.  I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

I wish you could see this in person so that you could see how it shimmers when the light hits the wings and the silk lame braid in the bands.  I will take more photos after it’s been framed.  I hope you all are having a beautiful spring-like day where you are.  Until next time happy stitching!!

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