Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another incredible finish from Sandra C!

Sandra C. of Yorkshire, England has yet another wonderful finish to share. Sandra's name is very familiar to many of you because I've shown quite a few examples of her beautiful work previously on my blog. Just type Sandra's name in the google search engine on the left sidebar to see her projects.

One of her newest finishes is the Acorn Sampler Sewing Case. I designed this project so that it could either be framed as a sampler or made into a sewing case like Sandra beautifully did.

Sandra wrote, I started stitching this project in 2008 and I optimistically stitched that date onto the piece, but I put it to one side when it was actually almost complete, and picked it up again last year and finished the stitching. Anyone who knows me will know that I hate assembly, but having said that, I would rather have a go myself, than send my things to a finisher.

I used 32 count Haystack Lugana and DMC threads, changing the stitches a bit to suit my own taste. The acorn caps were done in smyrna crosses and I chose to stitch the tiny squirrels and other over one elements in a full cross, over one, rather than tent stitch, which could well have been the reason it didn't get finished in 2008 - they were rather fiddly to say the least. I also decided against stitching the squirrels around the mattress pincushion, which I attached to the main body of the case, so it's not removable.

I assembled everything by hand and for that reason I didn't sew the gathered pocket into the side seam as directed, but attached it afterwards, but when I assemble "Cherished Workes" I'll try and do it properly. Finally, I attached silk ribbons for closure rather than a button and loop as my loops are not the best - I need to practice.

Thank you for all your lovely designs.

Sandra, you do such beautiful work. Thank you for sharing! I'm looking forward to seeing what will be your next accomplishment.

The Acorn Sampler Sewing Case is one of the 2010 SAL projects in my newsletter, With My Needle and Pen. Hopefully, we will be seeing lots of completed cases in the next months.


Teresa S. said...

Please sign me up for your newsletter! This Acorn case should be on my list! kiddlady at yahoo dot com

Margaret said...

So beautiful!

Deb said...

That really came out beautiful. I wish I had as much patience to put something like that together!

CathyR said...

Awesome work! Now you've given me the motivation to put my sampler together into the sewing case!

Wish me luck!

Sandra said...

Thank you for showing my case Ellen, I hope it inpires other stitchers to have a go. If I can do it, anyone can, it just requires a bit of patience.

Paula C. said...

My goodness, this is stunning. I would also like to sign up for your newsletter please. Just email me and tell me how to do it or if you could just add me to the list that would be fine too =)

Mo' said...

it's wonderful!!!!!

Ellen said...

Cathy and Deb, you can do it! Just take your time and go step by step. Sandra and I will be your cheerleaders! Right, Sandra?

Teresa and Paula, I have signed you up for the newsletter.

Anyone else interested in the newsletter, please email me at ellen@withmyneedle.com rather than leaving a message on the blog. It is much easier for me that way.