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Tuesday, 3 April 2007

My Stitching for the exchange

I love the look of Antique Needlework tools and when I can I will try to collect some for myself. One I like is 'The Chatelaine'... I do not have my own antique one but have got some beautiful pictures in a book I have. As this was a 'Love of Needlework' exchange I very much wanted to do my own modern day version of a ' Chatelaine' plus I really wanted to do something a bit special for my partner. I don't know my partner at all but I know from a couple of visits to her blog she has had such a rough time lately. I like this Sepia photo as it makes it look like a Vintage Needlework accessory :-))

A Chatelaine

I sent this to Natalie (Natty68)as I was given her name on SBEBB for this exchange. I have stitched the design from Mary Garry's free sampler chart Sew & Sew using all the stated overdyed threads. I have used 32ct cream Permin linen and stitched it 1/1. It has a slight alteration to the charted design in that I made the girl look like she was sewing instead of holding the big needles as I had already used that idea for the time I did one for Annemarie and I wanted this to look a little different :-)

The Front design Sew & Sew

The Back

I also wanted a different shape to finish it with so I decided to go for an oval as you can see above... for the back I have used a pretty co-ordinating pink cotton fabric. It is all completely handsewn together. I have used 2 layers of chiffon ribbon to go round the edge with Couch Stitch to attach it.

More Details

This picture above shows some more of the details...you can see the edge with the Couch Stitch a bit closer and the bows that I did in the 2 ribbon colours to attach the needlework tools so that they can be easily removed for use. I did a double layer bow for the top and you can also see the ribbon embroidered bag that I sent the stitched piece in.

The Clover Tools

Above, now you can see the needlework 'Tools' that I attached to the ribbons hanging from the Chatelaine. They are a Clover Cutter, Clover Needle Threader and Clover Needle/Pin sharpener which I think is the most gorgeous little tool going :-)) I love its red velvet ribbon and the vintage look to all of these!

Pins and Bows attaching the Tools

The last picture is a full view again of 'The Chatelaine' but in colour this time :-) I was really pleased with how this idea for the finish turned out and even more pleased that Natalie has said she is delighted and will use it :-)))

Colour View of The Chatelaine

Barbara...the scissors in the posting below are gorgeous, I love them and they are what my friend Eva got me from the AEF show that was held in Paris recently. She very kindly offered to do some shopping from the 2 Paris shows on mine and Su's behalf :-)). I got some really nice French goodies that I had been after :-)))

I won't leave it too long before I am back, hopefully at the end of the week or early next week with the PS finish.

And.....Thanks for visiting you very welcome here and incase I don't call in before...I hope you all have a lovely Easter time or Easter holiday if you should be so lucky :-)))


Blogger Susimac said...

Oh H, this is AWESOME - I'm speechless. Its so beautiful!!

8:56 pm  
Blogger Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Well Helen...where in the world do I begin? This is the most elaborate, beautiful thing, I think I've seen yet! This is truly a work of art and Natty must be blown away! How thoughtful are you?!
And Cathy's exchage to you is cute as well!
Also that little PS design is sweet, it's the Rain, Rain new design yes? over 1 if I'm correct?
Lovely Helen, and truly inspiring!

9:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you mean to knock me down today ?? How desperate I am not being the 'natalie' who is the lucky recipient !!! Sigh...
;-) you did an excellent job on both the idea of the chatelaine and the finishing ! I really love it ! (haven't I already said that today ??) It is such a treat for us all to visit your blog :-)Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures !

10:09 pm  
Blogger Katrina said...

how beautiful Helen - you do the most gorgeous stitching and I love the way you photograph everything so nicely. Happy Easter to you and your family :)

10:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow! What an absolutely beautiful Chatelaine you have stitched for your very lucky exchange partner. Your finishes always amaze me. They are always so very creative and beautifully finished. Congratulations :)

10:48 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, I am speechless! Absolutely amazing work!

12:28 am  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Your chatelaine turned out unbelievable, it is gorgeous. What fun and lovely stitching tools you found to put on it as well. Beautiful finishing job.

2:01 am  
Blogger Barbara J said...

That is what I call perfection! Absolutely stunning!! You have such great finishing ideas. Thank you for sharing :)

2:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sitting here with my jaw on the floor! It's absolutely fabulous and I'm sure Natalie is thrilled to receive such a beautiful piece. Your stitching and finishing are truly exquisite!

7:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The finishing piece for this exchange is a "chef d'oeuvre" !
Bravo !

9:11 am  
Blogger Karoline said...

Wow, the Chatelaine is stunning, I'm sure Nathalie must be thrilled. Congratulations

2:51 pm  
Blogger BeckySC said...

Simply Gorgeous! What else can one say???? WOW!!! Congratulations, Helen :)

3:49 pm  
Blogger Jacqui said...

It's stunning, I love it.

8:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Chatelaine is absolutely Fantastic !!!Wonderful !! Congratulations ! Soooo nice !

8:54 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

Your chatelaine is just gorgeous!

12:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never saw an also beautiful chatelaine congratulations

7:41 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's incredible....so gorgeous, really !!!!
I love, love your chatelaine ! Congratulations
I would like to be called Nathalie ;o)))

9:23 am  
Blogger Hazel said...

Wow that is lovely. I must add your blog to mine - it is wonderful!!

12:12 pm  
Blogger mainely stitching said...

Helen, you are incredible! My good heavens, but you must've knocked Natty right off her feet with this. I mean ... WOW!!!!

9:46 pm  
Blogger Von said...

Helen, you're sooo clever! I'm glad you share these great photos with us that inspire us to try something new. :D
The SRE bag is scrumptious too; love, love, love SRE! Natty must have indeed felt very special when she opened your thoughtful gift.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Helen!!

4:42 am  
Blogger natty68 said...

I was truly blown away when I opened this package from Helen. All I kept saying was WOW over and over again.

It is indeed wonderful and I am still drooling over it.

Helen I love your finishing, I just wish I was up to your standard and could think of the perfect finishing that you do.

Thank you so much for this, I am truly blessed.


11:01 am  
Blogger Vero M said...

Oh la la Hellen...I am dead with envy :--)))

Happy Easter !!

1:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen, This is just FANTASTIC. Your imaginative and creative approach to needlework is an inspiration to us all. This modern day chatelaine will become an heirloom in it's own right. I really love looking at all your work, you give so many of us an enormous amount of pleasure ;>)
Hugs, Angela

1:34 pm  
Blogger Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

Congratulations, Helen, on another stunning finish. It is gorgeous!

4:10 pm  
Blogger NIKY said...

Your stitches are simply wonderfull, so elegant. I just love to come in your blog.Niky

6:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! You've got a very nice blog here, I will certainly be back! :-D

10:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!! It's terrific!!! This chatelaine is a little treasure: you're a pro finisher!

11:05 pm  
Blogger Georgie said...

I am totall gobsmacked!!!! You are an inspiration to us all!!!

10:08 am  
Blogger Patricia Lessell said...


This is so totally awesome I just can't tell you. Your stitching and finishing are second to none and I'm so glad that you are my friend.

11:58 am  
Blogger Margaret said...

Every project you do surpasses the previous one. Gorgeous!!!
Happy Easter.

6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, great, great !!! I love it !

7:14 pm  
Blogger Nancy said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Your finishing is just amazing. I enjoy reading your blog regularly and looking at all your wonderful stitching projects.

Happy Easter,

3:59 pm  
Blogger Patricia Lessell said...

I know I already left a comment for this but just thought I had to tell you that I WOULD KILL for this. I just can't stop looking at it. IT'S GORGEOUS you are soooooooo clever.
Patti xxx

8:27 pm  
Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I just don't ever think you can come up with anything as interesting as what you show us, and then you do! love it!

11:57 pm  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

I just really love The Chatelaine that you made!! How very pretty!! You do some really great things! She will love it I just know it!! Debby :)

5:55 pm  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I have just found your blog and i love it! You have made so many amazing pieces.

1:30 pm  
Blogger Deb said...

This chatelaine has to be the most gorgeous thing! I know it's even more beautiful in real, up-close, life!! You're so clever to add the current Clover pieces. This is just a masterpiece! Congratulations
Deb in FL

8:03 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

As Deb said in the last message, this is truly a masterpiece, Helen! I can't add any more to what everyone else has said, its just the most amazing, stunning piece. Your stitching and finishing are are far beyond anything I have seen! I'm just blown away!

1:19 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

WOW stunning work Helen.

7:25 pm  
Blogger Lennu said...

What a beauty, WOW, congratulations, it's wonderful!

5:35 pm  
Blogger Cathy B said...

Helen - what a beautiful finish! Natty is a lucky girl!

4:39 am  
Blogger All things beautiful said...

Just adore your chatelaine. This is an eye opener for me & will definitely inspire me to try something too. Like you I'm hooked on vintage stuff, especially Victorian crafts. So far, I've started my etui box but it's not quite complete yet - very delicate & time consuming. Hope to finish up ... some time this year??? :-) U can check it out on my blog & do feel free to leave your comments. Thanks for sharing.

3:41 am  

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