Thursday, January 28, 2010

Someone asked me What is your Favorite thing to stitch!!

Well, my answer was 'Reproduction Sampers" --- Then I stopped and said no lately I have been doing lots of 'smalls'! Below is 3 classes that I took at a NeedleArts Retreat in Pine Mountain, GA. You will notice that all three classes are 'smalls'.

The three pictures below are of a HummingBird box, taught by Marsha Papay-Gomola.
The stitching on the front cover is mostly surface embroidery and the humming bird is done in 'long and short' stitch over padding to make it 3 dimensional. The ground fabric is linen.
In the class we learn to actually make the box and the little ladybug and the woven needlepad.
On the back cover Marsha put an absolutely beautiful initial - this is for her Mom - Helen and also perhaps for the hummingbird. My hummingbirds is just about done, but is packed away for now - but is in my 2010 work basket.
Below is the Bunny Notebook, which has three padded 3 dimensional animals - the bunny and the three birds. My bunny is just about 1/2 way done and the little Chickadee on the bottom is finished!
On the inside of the notebook is of course, a notebook and under it is the designers name and the date (this is where my name and the date will go) on the other inside page is a listing of stitches and how they look. Marsha gave us all the ones she used and some others, but suggested that we put in the stitches we really like to work with.
Again, a beautiful initial on the back cover - this could be for bunny or perhaps for her husband whose name is Bob.
Now this next class was taught by Barbara Jackson and it is her Succulent Strawberry. It is surface work again done on linen.
This is a darling piece and has lots of speciality stitches. This project should be finished hopefully quickly as it isn't very big about the size of a pear.
I want to thank you for dropping by for a visit. ----------Roberta


Gillie said...

What gorgeous things, thanks for sharing! said...

Greetings, Cisca

angelasweby said...

Wow Roberta, these 3 class projects are wonderful. I adore the strawberry - all those beautiful stitches and the lovely felt leaves, it's stunning and very reminiscent of the Elizabethan period.

Seeing the Bunny book could not have come at a better time. I am trying to make something similar and have been puzzling over it for weeks. Seeing the way this book is put together has given me lots of ideas. The design is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs Angela

Carolien said...

Hello Roberta,

Wow, my mouth fell open for awhile when seeing these wonderful works of art. They are SO BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on those excellent finishes & thanks for sharing.

Bye! Carolien

Nancy said...

You must have had fun Roberta! All three projects are so beautiful. I think my favorite has to be the strawberry.

I hope you will share photos of yours when they're finished. I know they will be lovely!

mainely stitching said...

Your finishing just leaves me breathless!!! WOW!

Marsha said...

Wow. These smalls are really beautiful. I especially like the strawberry. Very nice.

Sheila said...

These projects are absolutely beautiful . . . WOW!

Brigitte said...

Oh Roberta, these projects are all so so beautiful. Firts I thought the hummingbird one was my favourite but then I thought no it must be the next. And no the strawberry is just as adorable. All of them are amazing finishes. You're a real artist.

hazel c UK said...

I love all of the new projects you are working on and really love the little bunny. You are so talented Roberta and I am sure all your projects will be finishes soon.
Hazel (UK)

Anonymous said...

OOO merveillous!!!
Gorgeous !!!
I love the strawberry

Amy said...

Roberta, those are GORGEOUS! I want that bunny so bad I can taste it! OMG! Stunning - wondeful - fantastic!! Congrats!! Absolutely works of art!!!!

Carolien said...

Thanks for visiting, Roberta, and have a nice weekend too!

Hugs, Carolien

Solstitches said...

Wonderful projects Roberta. I especially love the strawberry but all of them are very lovely.