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Sue Blomley
Pilgrim Stitches

Sue was born in Epping, Essex, England and lived in Buckinghamshire and Leighton Buzzard before spending 2 ½ years in Rangoon, Burma while her husband was attached to the British Embassy there. She learned most of her needleart skills from her mother who was an avid and skillful needlewoman. Sue learned to knit when she was eight and continued with embroidery education. It wasn't until she started attending classes in America that her artistic talents were whetted. She became known as the "Pilgrim Stitcher" when she and her husband took a 500 mile walk to Santiago. Every evening she would stitch and that inspired her to produce the Pilgrim Etui and to organize needlework seminars in England. After one of her seminars at Hampshire Archives and Museum she was invited to reproduce a piece in their collection. Since that experience she has been hooked. Sue feels privileged to work with beautiful antiques and to recreate them with linen and silks.

 


 

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The Sarah Drafgate

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 15 students (Min: 6 students)
Level: Advanced
Description:

Price: $185.00
Scheduled: Friday, 9:00am - 1:45pm

The Sarah Drafgate Sampler dated 1688 is the oldest sampler in the Hampshire Archives which is based in Winchester the ancient capital of England. This gorgeous sampler uses a wide variety of stitches including Holbein, Algerian eye and Montenegrin to name but a few and it is an advanced stitching piece as when it is finished it is only by the alphabets that you can tell which is the back and which is the front. The colours; shades of red, green and gold are used to paint a picture that is utterly charming. It is stitched on 28 cream linen and all the stitches will be taught in the class as we make a small biscornu to learn the stitches prior to stitching the main sampler. In order to make sure that there is enough time to get through everything I would ask that you enroll early so that a pre-stitching kit can be sent to you and that you stitch the outline in Montenegrin before you come to class.

Kit includes: linen; silks; instructions for the Biscornu with pre-stitching

Please bring extra lighting and or magnification if needed.

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"Lecture" on the life & times of The Hannah Dunn Sampler

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 30 students (Min: 8 students)
Level: All
Description:

Price: $55.00
Scheduled: Saturday, 2:00pm - 3:15pm

The Hannah Dunn sampler is fairly large at 17.6" x 13.6" and is stitched on 40 ct linen. The colours are typical of the period, 1829; muted reds, greens and browns and creams. It is clearly Hannah's final piece which she stitched at 11 years old with very fancy alphabets and a variety of crowns and initials. It could be a funeral sampler, note the urn, or a family tree sampler with all the initials. Come to the lecture and find out what we know about the history and times of this fascinating piece.

Please bring notebook if you wish to take notes.

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The Ann Flack Needle Case

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 30 students (Min: 8 students)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Description:

Price: $145.00
Scheduled: Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm

This pretty etui is taken from a full size sampler from 1778. It is stitched in shades of Terracotta and Green with an old gold silk lining to hold your essential equipment. The linen is a mushroom colour and 35 ct. but the evenweave makes it easy to see and stitch. The stitching is one strand over 1 thread, and unusually this sampler has a little cat on it. We have copied the cat onto the ruler and threadwinder which you will be able to order during the class. In the class you will learn the details and tips about the stitching, then detailed instructions for the finishing of your project. This is a wonderful collectors piece, copying an unusual sampler (very few samplers have cats on them) to make a practical piece of embroidery you will be able to use for years to come.

Kit includes: Mushroom 35 Count Linen, Mill Silks, Finishing materials with instructions and charts.

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The Stag Sampler

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 30 students (Min: 8 students)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Description:

Price: $168.00
Scheduled: Thursday, 10:00am - 12:45pm

This very rare 15.5 x 12.5 sampler is a joy to stitch on Summer Khaki evenweave 30 count and stitched over 2. The stag is lying down and looking over his shoulder, all fairly common for the period of the late 18th century but Ann, who stitched this must have had a sense of humour because she has her stag eating a leaf. I have looked and looked but cannot find another sampler where this occurs. It is stitched in greens and golds with splashes of red's, oranges, and lilac. The stitches used are cross stitch, over 2, chain stitch and lazy daisy stitch for the bee, and some satin stitch for the centre of the flowers. The hill is stitched in cross stitch but the different colours gives it real shape. This is a beautiful sampler and worthy of anyone's collection.

Kit includes: 30 Count Summer Khaki linen, Mill silk threads, instructions and charts.

Please bring extra lighting and or magnification if needed.

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