Jan 20 2017

Emma’s Garden

Published by at 12:34 pm under Projects in General

This is a departure from my usual parchment/paper craft blog posts. As a crafter, I love most all crafts. My great-grandmother taught me embroidery when I was 11 years old. She taught me several stitches, i.e., satin stitch, daisy stitch, straight stitch, back stitch, french knots, etc. I loved sewing pillow cases and dresser scarves. My grandmother would take the pieces after I had finished the embroidery and she would crochet the edges. I still have many of those pillow cases nearly five decades later. In my mid-20’s I was living in New Orleans while my husband was in school. A friend saw some of my embroidery work and asked if I also did counted cross stitch. I’d never heard of it. She took me to a small cross stitch shop and introduced me to counted cross stitch – I was hooked.  I learned counted cross stitch sewing on Aida cloth and within a year moved on to linen fabrics.

I want to share a design I’ve recently stitched. The pattern is from the late Mary Leavitt-Imblum of Lavender & Lace (www.tiag.com) entitled “Emma’s Garden”. I’ve included within the flowers small bumble bees which are not a part of the pattern. The bumble bees are from a pattern designed by Lorna Bateman and can be found here on Lorna’s site (http://www.lornabatemanembroidery.com).

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I haven’t framed the completed design yet. I want to keep the framing simple, most probably something very similar to what is shown on the picture that comes with the pattern. I bleached the fabric to get the linen a creamy yellow shown in the upper portion of the design, the lower portion is the actual color of the fabric.
I love insects in nature and try to incorporate them in whatever I am working, be it cards, parchment or sewing. I love these sweet bumble bees.
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I purchased a Lorna Batement pattern that had bumble bees throughout the lavender flowers on the pattern. I adore the little bees and decided to incorporate them into this pattern. If you love to sew, I would suggest checking out Lorna’s site, (http://www.lornabatemanembroidery.com), she has many beautiful embroidery patterns available.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I so enjoy your visits and hearing from you. Many hugs!!Jerri Siggy3

31 responses so far

31 Responses to “Emma’s Garden”

  1. Cathy Hughes says:

    Jerri, you are so multi-talented.

    Cathy

  2. Eunice B says:

    Oh my Jerri, this is lovely! I love counted cross stitch. I used to do it years ago, but I don’t have the patience to do it anymore. I hope your holidays went well, and the New Year will bring joy and health to you and your family. Take care my friend.

  3. Chelsea Johnson says:

    Such beautiful stitching, Jerri. This is just a darling piece. There is so much attention to detail! I’d love to be in such a pretty garden with this little one…
    Thanks for sharing such beauty!

  4. Melanie Risk says:

    Oh my goodness!! What talent. I knew you could do anything.

  5. Ursula Uphof says:

    Jerri, I just so love this design,and the counted cross stitch was always my favourite, even though I did some ribbon embroidery I did return to cross stich so often. Take care and keep showing us your lovely work.

  6. Marion Symonds says:

    Welcome back dear Jerri; it is so very good to see you again. Your young girl is delightful! I am a great admirer of Lorna’s work and completed several of her silk ribbon projects before my fingers called time on stitching. As always you share a thing of beauty and perfection with your friends around the world. Thank you.

    Wishing you and your family a truly happy, healthy, enjoyable and successful 2017. With big hugs – Marion in the UK

  7. Wow this is awesome, I can’t imagine how many hours it took for this. Gorgeous work!!

  8. Elaine Moore says:

    This is such a sweet piece! I miss being able to do this sort of work – the ole eyes just aren’t what they used to be.

  9. Jerri, this is such Vintage beauty. My mother did all sorts of fabric/stitching so it brings back so many fun memories of our winter time fun. I have always loved this little girl image, it will make a special treasure. Enjoy a lovely weekend. Thanks for sharing your lovely piece.

  10. Gloria Westerman says:

    I haven’t thought of cross stitch in years….even though I did it….wasn’t my strongest suit….it was fun to do….love your piece…great work of art…tfs

  11. Pinky Roth says:

    Really pretty!

  12. Debbie Dunham says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Your talents are endless! Hugs xxx

  13. Kristine Vencel says:

    So beautiful, Jerri! It appears you are a woman of many talents. Hmmmm, I wonder what else is lurking in your creative mind? Can’t wait to find out!

  14. Suzanne Hicks says:

    Jerri, this is so lovely. I love that all your work is so detailed…even down to the smallest bumble bee :) Blessings,
    Suzanne

  15. Cec Wintonyk says:

    Jerri, this is adorable and so vintage looking. Love how you bleached only a portion of the fabric. I do counted cross stitch and have a piece on the go that I need to finish because I started it a couple years ago. It is the last of four that represent the four seasons and the other three were finished ages ago. I even have a large wall waiting for them. There never seems to be enough time to do everything I want to do.
    Hugs!
    Cec

  16. Jerri Kay, It never ceases to amaze me just how much our lives parallel, yet I think we have only meet once and I am not sure even of that meeting. I too, learned to cross stitch from my grandmother as well as so do some crocheting. Living no far from New Orleans, we would dress to day in our Sunday and go shopping. I still have many of the pieces and actually use one set of tea towels in my kitchen powder room. They are of two dancer,s young girls with ribbons held flowing high as if they were maybe part of a May poll dance.

    Actually it is my sister that is a true artist, of embroidery. She did elaborate First Communion dress for her two daughters. For my wedding in 1991 She embroidered her dress, the two daughters wore their communion dresses and mine. I had lived,worked in Germany so was familiar with the finest Swiss cotton. I purchased all of the fabrics and sent them to her, We had a wonderful Celebration of our marriage with an outdoor Victorian garden party theme. We moved furniture and rugs out of doors. But for me was the very best thing( other than my darling husband Michael) was my dress. My mother and sister made the dress with tiny pin tucks and beautiful. they adapted a Beautiful Magazine. Joann did a magnificent job on the embroidery than graces the front sad down the skirt of flowing light pink Swiss cotton. Though I have not worn it again I did placed it on display, along with my shoes at our 20th anniversary , party, I wore my hat to mass and changed into a cocktail dress and the the hat was placed along my wedding attire. Maybe I will photograph Joann’s beautiful work and share it on my personal blog.
    JM~

  17. Kittie says:

    Jerri, this is gorgeous. I used to love cross stich but haven’t done it for years. I love the little girl.

  18. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully done Jerri!! I am thankful for your God-given talent that you share with all of us…much appreciated and inspiring!
    My Mother-in-law made a Hummingbird counted cross stitch on the smallest cloth available for my birthday a number of years ago when she was in her late 80’s….it is a delight to see! When she was almost finished she laid it on her table and her cat walked on it leaving a couple of footprints. She and my husband tried everything they could think of to get those marks out of the piece before having it framed…even taking it to the dry cleaners – finally using a bit of white shoe polish. I am probably the only person who would notice that the footprints are still there – LOL! It was definitely a labor or love as she struggled with her eyesight at that time and never was able to do any more handwork after that. It is a wonderful piece and well loved! Both husband and mother-in-law are in Heaven now…when I join them this will go to daughter Denice.

  19. Dot says:

    Jeri, love you talents. You are an amazing women. I enjoy seeing your beautiful work

  20. Barbara Leonard says:

    I love counted cross stitch although it’s been years since I’ve done any. This one is absolutely beautiful!

  21. Jessica says:

    Oh how lovely! I have done lots of counted cross stitch. I too started with the embroidery stitch’s taught by my aunt Sue. Only stopping because my hands n fingers cramp up pretty badly. So I gave many of my supplies away to a friend. But I kept enough, in case I just had to stitch! 💠
    Your bees are just lovely. The whole piece is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your beautiful (as always) work. Big hugs Jessica.

  22. Donna pike says:

    Just gorgeous, is there anything you can’t do? Thank you for sharing, we so enjoy it.

  23. Carol says:

    Your talent shows in so many crafts which are all breathtakingly beautiful.
    This is a beautiful piece.
    I also did cross stitching but alas now its home is a passage cupboard. I kept the supplies thinking that one day I might do more but papercraft still holds my attention.
    Thank you for showing us.

  24. Beautiful, I very much enjoy cross-stitching as well, but lately my eyesight has not been as well so I have to use Aida cloth at 14 count. I like that you added the extra bees, they are so very cute and the perfect size with them.

  25. No surprise that this turned out so beautifully. All your work is stunning. I am just blown away by those tiny bumblebees. Never would have thought to bleach the fabric. Makes it look amazing. Hugs!

  26. Cindy Howell says:

    I’ve always admired your needle work and this piece is beautiful. One of my co-workers does a lot of counted cross stitch and I showed her this. She was impressed. Who taught you embroidery? Must have been on your Mom’s side since we never knew great grandparents on the Davis side. Love You

  27. Gerri Ras says:

    Beautiful work. I love counted cross stitch as well. Just finished and framed two Boyds Bears for the guest bedroom which is mostly used by my granddaughters when they visit.

  28. Cathy says:

    Jerry, such a sweet, sweet piece. I’m delighted to see you continually stretching your wings in so many different ways. With love, Cathy

  29. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Jerri, what a precious and beautiful piece of embroidery! I used to embroider, and my mom would keep my sister and me busy on our front porch for hours working on a tablecloth that was printed with blue cross stitches. We were wee little ones, and it helped her as she was caring for my other baby sister. We loved doing it together, and then I grew up to love it and ended up doing cross-stitch. My mother was a master at cross stitch and urged me to try linen and said that I would never go back having tried it. And she was right. I cherish many of the exquisite pieces I have that she did and had framed so beautifully. It’s a lovely art, and I know you will continue to find joy in it. And I LOVE the sweet little bees. Thanks for sharing yet another stunning piece of your work with us! Hugs and love!

  30. LynnB says:

    Beautifully done, and I love the beads. I was just going to start this project myself but was unsuccessful at the bleaching process. I am using Zweigart linen in Blue Wings, but the color will not lift. Wondering if you had any difficulties?

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