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Saturday, October 26, 2013

~~~::~~~ Holly Vine ~~~::~~~


I'm making progress on the model for my 
Holly Vine Wool Applique class ~
Class for this project will be on 
January 18th 2014 (wow) 
...from 11:00 - 3:00

Holly Berry Vine
 I am not fussy when I appliqué.
quite the contrary ~

staples hold my pieces in place in lieu of pins ~ 
 I prefer simple whip-stitches
 to the more traditional blanket (penny rug) stitch ~
the outcome has an older, lighter feel to me.

stem is finished with simple whip-stitches
 I don't use perle cotton either,
I prefer a thin, linen-colored cotton thread that blends well with everything:

tiny stitches of thread
 and I prefer a backing of cotton instead of appliquéing onto wool...
here I'm using osnaburg for the backing ~

wool on cotton
 I never start out with a pattern ~
instead I let my scissors play...

meandering, blowzy holly vine
my little sewing basket matches perfectly, 
don't you think?? 

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 I've chosen a mix of solid and textured wools for the leaves ~
the berries are not truly 'round' but more wonky...
a very relaxed piece to work on.

little berries on the vine
 you can see my stitches here:

some you can see, others disappear into the wool
 I'm a very relaxed teacher ~ 
I want you to enjoy the process of creating your work...
perhaps some mistakes will be made,
but that is what handwork is about ~

...being humble, but doing your best.

backside shows my little knots and small stitches.
If you'd like to sign up for this class in January,
or the wreath/salve class in November (which is filling up quickly!)
I'm only an email away...
not4got@aol.com 
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I'll be in the shop today,
working on this and enjoying the company of friends and the warmth of the wood stove ~
Hoping your hands are busy & warm today!

*Blessed be, my Friends* 
 ~ Lori ~

16 comments:

evelyne staebler said...

waoowwww, very beautiful ... I love this.

woolyredrug said...

Lovely!!!

Orange Sink said...

Lori I love your relaxed approach to wool appliqué! I like that look as well as using the blanket stitch! Just working with wool is so forgiving and fun no matter which technique is chosen! Sure wish I could just hop on over for the wreath and salve class....sigh... I'll be there in spirit for sure!! Have fun and stay cozy by that wood stove!!
Hugs!!
Cathy G

denise said...

can't wait to see the finished product.

Lynn said...

This is such a lovely piece Lori! It brings me a sense of comfort. I love that the sewing is so relaxed. Wish I lived close so that I could take the class.

Raymond Homestead said...

Loving it, beautiful colors! I'm with you, I like the simple whip stitches so much better than the blanket stitch. Sure wish I could sign up for the class, if only I was closer!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Ohhh Lori, how I wish I could sign up. But the distance would do me in. I am contemplating one of maggie B's designs and am at an impasse. Really would love it if there was someone like you around here that held classes for people like me. I do not give up easily...it just may take me longer than anyone else. Please show us your finished piece.
Love following your Blog, it always inspiring.

Warm Regards with Peace & Blessings to all,
Barb

linda said...

Wish I could take a class with you as well! Will a pattern for this be available in your Etsy shop? I just love it. Holly is one of my favorite motifs.

Linda said...

...wished I lived close by...I really love the way you are doing this wool applique.....no rules, your way.....a true artist !!!

Jane said...

I love this design. Please sign me up for the applique class, too. And, yes.....you are a very relaxed and encouraging teacher. Hope I can get over to do some hookin', soon.

quiltsbycheri said...

a beautiful piece in progress....

Stacey said...

Oh how the love of olde shines through the way it should! I am reminded of my beloved mentor ~ you both have the same approach. Sometimes we need a reminder...or perhaps the license that creativity holds no rules.

moosecraft said...

Looks to be a beauty! Olde Tyme Christmas designs are so comforting.

The Evening Stitcher said...

Oh how I wish I lived closer...even within 3 hours....I'd be at this class!!! I love wool applique...your tiny stitches with cotton thread looks beautiful! I use Gutermann's thread with my applique...but I haven't done one in so long....it was when I first fell in love with wool! Gorgeous design, Lori!

Chris said...

Gorgeous! Holly is one of my favorite motifs.

Roberta said...

Gorgeous colors and design. I have several of the woven sewing baskets but they are all plain so you have inspired me to be on the lookout for ones with a woven design. ~Roberta

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