Our first class with Betsy in Indy was the Virgin Queen Stitching Wallet. You can see pictures of it on her blog. It's a beautiful piece that was inspired by a leather sewing kit Betsy found in an antique store while traveling in North Carolina. Betsy's piece is covered with blackwork motifs in a variety of colors.
Like many of Betsy's classes, we stitched up one of the Smalls so that we could finish it in class. For this class we stitched the front and back panel for the needlebook. Betsy used some historic blackwork designs for this piece. I was able to complete my finishing in class!
I have to trim my ribbon tails yet!
On Saturday we spent the morning reviewing the finishing instructions for Virgin Queen.
In the afternoon, we worked on a companion piece - the Virgin Queen Stitching Pocket. The inspiration for the construction of this piece was a purse that Betsy owned. More blackwork motifs; this design included some personalization for the Needle in Hand Sampler Guild.
Our "small" that we finished in class was a scissor fob.
I'm getting pretty good at making tassels if I may say so myself!
I was really excited for Sunday's class. I've always wanted to stitch and finish this piece. It's Maria Katarin's Mexican Reticule. The motifs are based on an 1844 Mexican Sampler in Betsy's collection. We stitched and finished the ruler. It's sew cool!
And look - another tassel!
More tomorrow. I promise.