Willing Hands Needlework Design

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

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bristol Sampler Stitching Bag

At long last I have a new design to debut!  Based on 1860's samplers from the Ashley Down Orphan Houses in Bristol England and including the new (to me) technique of English paper piecing, this design is fun to stitch and construct.
 
Following the tradition of the original samplers, it is stitched entirely in red floss on white linen.  The bag itself is worked with an alphabet and single motifs from the original samplers which were comprised of rows of alphabets and rows of repeating motif patterns.  The base of the bag is made of four patterns of red and white quilting fabric which have been cut into triangles and joined using the paper piecing technique.  The octahedron shaped pin cushion is constructed the same way.  The bag includes a solid red lining which forms a ruffle at the top and has sleeves to hold two striped ribbon draw strings, each of which ends in a small stitched tab with space for initials and dates on one side and tiny floral and geometric motifs on the back sides.  The bag is approximately 6 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter.
 
The "smalls" are: a needle book with wool felt needle pages and a ribbon spine, a paper pieced pin cushion, a scissor fob and a thread winder.
 
The two day class will focus on the paper pieced bag base and pin cushion, and making the red bag lining.  The kit includes Belfast linen, Gloriana silk floss, DMC pearl cotton, 6 quilt fabrics, wool felt, Gloriana silk ribbon, striped cotton ribbon, paper piecing supplies, skirtex, interfacing, sewing thread, needles, polyfil, color charts and detailed instructions.  The kit fee is $140 and the design is available for workshops beginning January 1, 2016.
 
Note:  kits for future classes may not include the exact red and white fabrics used in the model because I'm at the mercy of fabric companies which are prone to discontinuing designs, but I will make every effort to match fabrics as closely as possible to the original.  Thanks for your understanding!
 
I hope that you like it! 
 
 

10 comments:

  1. Another wonderful project, Betsy! Look forward to taking the class at some point!

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  2. How lovely! My sister-in-law teaches at Ashley Down infant school so the history is really interesting.

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  3. Your new design is beautiful! I look forward to seeing you this weekend in Modesto!

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