The bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping and the flowers are popping. The fields are green and hay has even been cut once here in Texas. The baby calves and goats are frolicking across the fields without a care in the world. It is so wonderful watching the world renew itself. Before we know it, school will be out, and the hot temperatures will be on us. I, for one, enjoy this time of year despite not getting much time to stitch. I hope you are finding time to stitch. Someone add a few stitches for me. During our March meeting of Tudor Rose Sampler Guild, we learned a new technique for our repertoire of finishing techniques. Debbie G. gave a wonderful presentation on ruching. Ruching is a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat; the term is a sewing technique in which fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeating pattern to form ruffles, scallops, or petals. To help you along in learning how to add ruched edging to your pieces, check out Vonna’s (The Twisted Stitcher) tutorial. Here is a wonderful example of a piece with ruched edges:
It truly adds a unique edge to your finishing and it is so easy.
In April, members received their kits for the 2016 Tudor Rose Sampler Guild Stitch-A-Long – Catherine Theron’s Early Spring Lambs.
The second photo is reflects the stitching layout for those who are out of town.
Show & Tell
The sheep is stitched with Gentle Arts Simply Wool Thread.
Gloria stitched this sampler for Kim L. for Christmas. What a wonderful friend!
Debbie H. did the adaptation of this antique sampler that will be published by Woody Creek Designs.
This piece is from TRSG’s Workshop with Ellen Chester in May 2015. Great job Robert.
The cuckoo comes in April,
Sings a song in May:
Then in June another tune,
And then she flies away.English Rhyme