Happiness is arriving to work after a weekend of stitching with the feeling that it couldn’t get any better – but then the postman arrives with a box that I immediately recognize as being sent from the lovely Kelly at Sue Spargo. Quick where are the scissors, let me in. Hidden inside is the new colour selection as well as the much-anticipated new books from Sue – Imperial Blooms and Creative Stitching.
Sue walks you through 50 of her favourite stitches to help create vivid and lively texture on your wool applique. Sue has filled this wonderful book with clear images of her stitches with clear step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the perfect embellishing stitches for your work. This is a fantastic book for anyone that loves embroidery, or a love of crazy patch and of course those that are new to Sue’s wool applique. As I turn each page and see the image of the finished stitch my fingers are already passing secret messages to my brain – quick get me a needle, thread and some wool – I have to try some of these stitches…… I will never be a bored housewife…my poor husband and family, thank goodness it is Summer – they know how to make a salad.
Imperial Blooms was inspired by the floral images in the Suzani textiles created in Central Asia. These pieces were traditionally made by Central Asian brides s part of their dowry and flowers were an important source of inspiration in these highly prized pieces. Sue’s love of stitching, textiles, threads and colour came to the forefront in the creation of Imperial Blooms. Both of these books are now available for sale in the shop.
So back to the colour selection from Sue this month – the perfect name came from a customer who was visiting the shop for a day of stitching - Kermit Green. Once the words were out of her mouth there was nothing else that seemed to fit.
As we near the end of the year I am sure that you feel like me that time just seems to slip away - there is so much to do. But Leonardo da Vinci says that "time stays long enough for anyone who will use it".
Wishing you a week filled with laughter, joy, friendship and the time to stitch.........lisa