Tuesday, June 24, 2008

June Take It Further Challenge - Shell, Stash and Stories


This was a delight to stitch. The theme and colours that Sharon provided us with this month were made for my project!
"What stories could our stash tell us and what stories will it provide when we use it." is my interpretation of the theme.
The shell, I have based the stitching on, is a beautiful specimen that I inherited from my mother. It sits in the bathroom and the children love to listen to the song it sings. I would love to know the history of this shell but, unfortunately, I can't translate that song. I don't know where or when it was acquired but it was a very long time ago - more than 70 years.
The subject for this month's TIF for me had to have some relationship to my mother who was not an embroiderer but was a knitter and dressmaker, extraordinaire. She shared these skills with me although I never achieved her level. Nothing was wasted or thrown out if it could be used for another purpose. I inherited much of her stash as well as her stash collection propensities. While this particular shell can serve only as an inspiration it is certainly a symbol of that stash.
Time spent stitching just flew. I managed a new pulled thread stitch - Algerian eye - and made some woven spiders for the first time. Both of these I will use again. I tried some cast-on stitches for texture but I am still unhappy with my efforts there.
Now it is onto July with a new theme and colour scheme and a stitch along with Stitchin Fingers - but before then, Sharon's new and exciting Studio Journal begins on Saturday. I will be busy in July.

8 comments:

MixPix said...

Ooooo. This is gorgeous - I really like the contrast between plain and embellished fabric and i think it is very successful. congratulations!

Monika L. said...

Another beautiful stitching and a lovely story behind it! I am sure you will have a great time doing a course with Sharon. I hope to do it next time! All the best, Monika

Liz said...

The shell is beautiful. The algerian stitch is quite effective and makes a lovely background. Such a nice piece to remember your mother.

Tanguera said...

What a lovely story behind your piece. Very beautiful work.

neki desu said...

oh i think you've outdone yourself. your piece is gorgeous and the story with it is beautiful.

neki desu

ACey said...

The story about this piece is very moving. I think we all consider our stash as being a valuable treasure but when you have that kind of memory and sentiment attached it really does seem priceless. Love the way you've achieved your goals with stitch choices, etc.

Mermaid's Purse said...

The shell is beautiful and what a lovely story behind the whole project ............. I remember listening to my grandmother's shell when I was a child!

Plays with Needles said...

I really enjoy your pulled thread backgrounds as part of your embroidery. The shell this month speaks to my heart and reminds me of my mother as well. I lost her in March and one of her favorite books was Gift from the Sea. Can't wait to see July...