sharing the love of needlework through shows, classes and seminars

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.

 


 

Class #301
SOLD OUT: The Sarah Drafgate Sampler

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 15 students (Min: 5 students)
Level: Advanced
Description:

Price: $185.00
Scheduled: Friday, 8:00am - 12:45pm

The Sarah Drafgate Sampler (dated 1688) is the oldest sampler in the Hampshire Archives in Winchester, England - the ancient capital of England. This gorgeous 11" x 11½" sampler uses a wide variety of stitches including Holbein, Algerian Eye, and Montenegrin. This is an advanced stitching piece with Reversible Cross Stitch and is only by the alphabets that you can tell which the front is. Shades of red, green, and gold are used to paint a picture that is utterly charming. It is stitched on 28 count 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 insure that there is enough time to get through everything, I would ask that you register early so that a pre-stitch kit can be sent to you for stitching the outline in Montenegrin.

Kit includes: Linen, The Silk Mill silks, full instructions and full Biscornu kit.

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Class #312
The Basing House Embroidery Lecture

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 30 students (Min: 10 students)
Level: Beginner
Description:

Price: $20.00
Scheduled: Friday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Basing House embroidery is a panel of raised embroidery worked in colored silk and metal threads with, coral and seed pearls on silk satin. It depicts a typical scene of royal figures with their attendants in a sunny landscape. This is a 17th Century embroidery in blues and greens. The lecture will cover the historical background as well as the techniques used in its production. My thanks go to Ruth Smith who has given me permission to use her research and photos.

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Class #404
The Cassandra Austen Sampler

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 25 students
Level: Beginner
Description: Exclusive Teaching Piece

Price: $135.00
Scheduled: Saturday, 9:00am - 11:45am

We are pleased to offer a wonderful opportunity to stitch the Cassandra Austen sampler, measuring 11.5" x 1" on mushroom 28ct fabric with beautiful colors ranging from beige and tan to blues and greens. It was stitched by literary giant Jane Austen's elder sister Cassandra. The sampler hangs in the Jane Austen House Museum. It is an exciting sampler suitable for both beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Grateful thanks, to the Jane Austen House Museum for their kind permission to reproduce this sampler and to Susan for bringing it to us from across the pond. It is a must for all who treasure old samplers by famous people and anyone who treasures the work of Jane Austen.

Kit includes: 28ct fabric, Pearsall's silks, charts and full instructions.

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Class #408
CANCELED: The Ann Flack Sampler

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 12 students (Min: 3 students)
Level: Beginner
Description:

Price: $135.00
Scheduled: Saturday, 1:00pm - 3:45pm

This lovely 8" x 13.5" sampler is stitched on 30 count cream linen using four colors in greens and terracotta, with cross stitch and Algerian Eye. It is the perfect piece for beginners or those who wish to polish up their stitching skills. The perfect Algerian Eye, learn how not to have those threads across your Algerian Eye hole.

Kit includes: Charts, Linen, and Silk threads.

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