Stitched Boxes and Birds.

Firstly, thank you to the Oswestry Embroiderers Guild for inviting me to run a workshop for them a few weeks ago. Here is a glimpse …Box Workshop         Next Wednesday I will be @ Bickerton, Cheshire, for a workshop with the Cheshire Embroiderers Guild. Looking forward to seeing lots of stitched birds come to life. Happy stitching …Stitched Bird

Workshop @ Castle Court Quilters

Come join a box workshop on Wednesday, 17th October @ Castle Court quilters, Whittington. Suitable for beginners to freehand machine embroidery aswell as those with plenty of experience. The cost is £30 and you can contact myself for more information on 01691 676202 / 07816658633 or email suzettesmart1@btinternet.com

Happy stitching  …

Embroidered Angel

This embroidered Angel, adorned a box I made last Summer for a christening present. The sides of the box were embellished with raised vermicelli and large flowers. The raised stitchery was achieved by a) loosening the tension on the bobbin, and b) using a hand quilting thread.

For myself, it`s an opportunity to experiment with design and stitchery when making a box or chest. I make new ones when a box workshop is approaching as

one is this month. My aim is to make a chest with a drawer and panels of family history.

The chest below has a medieval theme in which I used freehand machine embroidery, silk paints and layers of voile.

Happy stitching to all in 2012 …

Christmas is coming…

I have never been inspired to stitch a Christmas picture but I have found this in the archives … It wasn`t intended as a Winter scene, but looking at it now, it certainly sends out a chill.

I love the warm glow from two of the doors, enticing you in … perhaps for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie!

These boxes though, were definitely created with the Festive season in mind. The holly, angels and baubles are all stitched on water soluble. Stitched or covered with tartan, each box folds in creating a pyramid shape, perfect to put a special message or present inside…

Stitch and be merry…