Willing Hands Needlework Design

"She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands"
Proverbs 31:13

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's About Time...

that I updated this blog!

As you've probably gathered by now, I only write on my blog when I have a new design to present or a new class to add to my teaching schedule.  Today I have both.

Last year while teaching at the EGA Rocky Mountain Regional Seminar in Albuquerque I was wandering through the booths on Merchandise Night and found that one of my students had a table and was selling, among other things, a book that she had written.  The book is called "Pioneer Memorial Museum Samplers" and was written by Loree Romriell.  Of course, I bought a copy which she then autographed for me.

Most of the samplers in the book were stitched on the east coast of the US or in European countries.  The most fascinating aspect of them, for me at least, is that they were lovingly carried across the country in wagon trains and found their way to Salt Lake City where the museum is now located.  I imagine that some of them were at least partially stitched en route and I envision girls stitching away in the rocking wagons trying to relieve the boredom of the endless trek across the Great Plains.

Shortly after purchasing the book I was approached by the Swan Sampler Guild of Salt Lake City and asked to design a new project for them, to be taught in August 2015.  What a perfect opportunity to study the samplers in the book and adapt some of the motifs into a new design!  The biggest problem I had in this endeavor was deciding what format the new etui would take.  Then one morning in early fall I woke with the solution in my head - a book!  I don't remember dreaming about it, but there it was.  For the record, that is exactly how the Toy Chest Etui started.

The outside cover of the book is loosely based on a very simple sampler in the collection which is worked on "training cloth", which was made in an effort to assist young girls in stitching in nice neat rows.  The cloth is made by removing every tenth linen ground thread and weaving a colored thread back in so that it looks like modern day school notebook paper.  Students will do this as part of the project.

Inside the book, instead of pages, there are two boxes which hold smalls - a scissor pouch and fob and two thread winders.  The spine of the book is a pin roll and one of the inside box lids has a wool felt needle page attached to its lining.  The project was stitched on Platinum Belfast linen which I distressed after all of the embroidery was completed, to give it the worn and stained appearance of most of the original samplers.  Students may follow my lead on this or choose to leave theirs in pristine condition.

All of the motifs used were inspired and adapted from the samplers in the museum collection except the bee hive.  I felt that the design needed one since the bees and the hive, symbols of industriousness, are the symbols of the state of Utah.

I hope that you like it!






24 comments:

  1. Dear Betsy,

    Congrats on this great collection! All looks so very beautiful!

    I wish you a great Sunday!

    Greetings from far!

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  2. Thank you? Where do you live?

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    1. I am from Istanbul / Turkey !

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    2. Wonderful! It's lovely to have you visiting my blog!

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  3. Love it! Hope you will teach on the east coast soon!

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  5. Betsy....another wonderful project!!!! Will you be bringing to Salty Yarns next week so we can drool (figuratively) over it???? See you soon!
    Stasi

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    1. Hi Stasi, Great to see you this past weekend! You inspired me to get the Regal Bee pattern - now I just have to find time to stitch it. 8^)

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  6. How Clever!! So creative! I really like the way you did the spine of the book as a pin roll. I will pass this on to Jean at the Attic and hope that maybe she will consider it at some point for one of her seminars.

    Gloria
    Milady's Needle

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    1. Thank you - that would be awesome. The Attic has been on my bucket list for years!

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  7. This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. You are just so talented. Going to have this, that is for sure. Patricia x

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  8. Thank you everyone for your kind words!

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  9. Met your sister in Chicago and she told me all about your needlework and projects. Would love to meet you sometime. I am in Upperville, not too far away. Your designs and work are wonderful! Bean Carroll

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  10. Hi Bean,
    Annie told me about you. I'd love to meet up too. Please send me an email at willinghands@reagan.com and we'll work something out.
    Betsy

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  11. Your post is awsome. One of my friend doing the same business into online salwar kameez shopping and designer salwar kameez online.

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  12. Greetings from Australia and a Happy New Year to you Betsy. Absolutely love this beautiful collection. And admire your creative talents. Also love the red work items in your other post. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me.

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  13. I love this Sampler Book Etui. I would love to make this. Is it a pattern I could purchase as living in New Zealand I am unable to get to a class. Happy Stitching

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  14. Really perfect. I'm quite full of admiration !
    Very very beautiful job, bravo !
    B.

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  15. I also love this book. Can I purchase the kit? I live on north carolina and do not know of any classes I can take. Please let me know. Thanks Janine my email is katiesmimi11@yahoo.com.

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