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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.

 


 

Class #202
The Embroiderer's Reticule

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 12 students (Min: 5 students)
Level: Beginner
Description:

Price: $265.00
Scheduled: Thursday, 10am-1pm (1 hour Lunch break) 2pm-3:45pm

This beautiful reticule is after a small bag in the Hampshire Archives. This elegant piece is stitched entirely, in tent stitch on 28 count Antique White linen. The finished size of the reticule is approx. 10" x 6". The colours are predominantly shades of reds, blues and greens with touches of gold and yellow. It is a portfolio cover finished with twisted cord and your favorite button. The interior features a shirred project pocket with ribbon embellishment, a quilted horizontal pocket embellished with buttons and ribbon, for storage of scissors and scrimshaw ruler. The needle page is a replicated shape in Doctor's cloth of the mother-of-pearl thread minders with a buttonhole stitch edge. The five thread minders are attached with a gold seed bead. All the instructions for finishing are supplied with photos of each step by Marcia Brown of The Binding Stitch.

Kit Contains: Linen, Silks, Ribbon, Thread Holders, Lining Silk, Pellon, Skirtex, Batting, Thread for twisted cord and all charts and photos of finishing.

Bring to Class: Paper Scissors, Scotch Tape, and normal embroidery supplies with a small frame to mount the cloth in as it needs to be stretched before stitching. Magnification and lighting if needed.

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Class #303
The Hannah Dunn Sampler

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

Price: $225.00
Scheduled: Friday, 10:00am-1:45pm

The original of the Hannah Dunn sampler is also in the Hampshire archives in Winchester. The original measures approx. 19.2" x 14" and is dated 1829. Hannah stitched this when she was just 11 years old. The colours are strong but muted. Stitched in shades of red, green and brown silks, with 4 alphabets and numerous crowns and initials on 40 count Flax linen. The sampler showcases a large urn that stands on a hill with baskets of fruit and fruit trees alongside it. In a large cartouche it also has a verse. This stunningly simple in looks but nevertheless not so simple, that it won't present a challenge to the most experienced Stitcher. It is stitched on 40 count linen over two but the verse is stitched over one. Sue presents this class with the history of this piece.

Kit includes: Silks, Linen, 4 pages of chart in paper and all of chart on a memory stick 42 pages in all!

Bring extra lighting and magnification if needed.

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Class #309
The History of the King James Needle Book (Lecture)

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

Price: $25.00
Scheduled: Friday, 3:00pm-4:00pm

The King James needle book dates from about 1715 and therein lies the mystery. In England at this time there was no King James! Add to that the excitement when we found two secret pockets and a needle page that had never been used and we have a real conundrum. Come and listen to the exciting things we found when we decided to investigate the history of this enchanting and tiny piece of embroidery. Presented with PowerPoint!

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Class #406
The Pilgrim Etui

Teacher: Sue Blomley
Max: 15 students (Min: 8 students)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Description:

Price: $225.00
Scheduled: Saturday, 1:00pm-4:45pm

The Pilgrim Etui is stitched on 35 count Edinburgh linen using Gloriana threads in blues, greens and gold. Measuring approximately 3" x 2" depending on the Antique Sterling Silver case included. The lining for this antique sterling silver cigarette case will vary in size, making these very rare and special. With over two and one cross stitch this is a very doable project. The case has pockets for scissors and other necessities! Please bring to class Scotch tape and paper scissors along with normal stitching supplies.

Kit includes: Fabric; Gloriana variegated ribbon; skirtex; pellon; wadding; ultra suede; padding; doctors flannel; antique sterling silver cigarette case; instructions; photos of work in progress.

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Class #408
The History of the King James Needle Book (Lecture)

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

Price: $25.00
Scheduled: Saturday, 9:00am-10:00am

The King James needle book dates from about 1715 and therein lies the mystery. In England at this time there was no King James! Add to that the excitement when we found two secret pockets and a needle page that had never been used and we have a real conundrum. Come and listen to the exciting things we found when we decided to investigate the history of this enchanting and tiny piece of embroidery. Presented with PowerPoint!

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