Monday, March 30, 2009

Personal exchange with Cathy Boyd

After enquiring about joining the HOE (Hooked on Exchange) I was invited by Cathy Boyd, Maplewood, Minnesota to do a personal exchange with her. I really felt honoured to be her first South African exchange partner. We decided to keep the choice of item, theme and type of embroidery open. This was my very first exchange and I was really anxious on what to stitch for her, so I decided on a name tag and scissor fob with a little bag to keep it in. It is custom in South Africa to wear a name tag to all our embroidery events/classes and I thought she would enjoy a name tag as she also likes to attend embroidery classes and workshops. I stitch the name tag, fob and bag in stump work as she loves hardanger and cross stitch and I thought having something different will be nice for her. I have used designs from Jane Nicolas - Fruits and Flowers Stump Work Collection and adapted them slightly to fit the name tag, bag and scissor fob, stitched on off white linen and I have used DMC threads and Mill Hill beads.

Thank you Cathy, this was such fun doing my first exchange with you. I love stitching these items and putting the exchange together for you. Thank you also for making me feel so welcome and sharing your passion for stitching with me.


12 comments:

Daffycat said...

OMG These are gorgeous, Ronel! You do such beautiful stitching and finishing. Lovely exchange for Cathy!

Cathy B said...

This is truly a work of art -- they are all beautiful. Thank you Ronel!

Анна - Зонт said...

Beautiful work and finishing!!!

Tessa said...

Lovely work - of course I just love that lady bird! Just wondered Ronel if you were a fan of Country Bumpkin as that is just beautiful stumpwork and I know that CB have a big fan base in S.A.?

LadyV said...

Your work is beautiful. I love the look of stumpwork. Gorgeous finish.

Vee
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Von said...

Very impressive stumpwork, Ronel! That is a branch of needlework I haven't ventured out onto yet. :)

Anne S said...

It's not very often we get to see stumpwork on the blog circuit - yours is absolutely stunning! :)

Candace said...

Ronel, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Okay,okay, okay - I've got to do more stumpwork!!

Marie-P said...

Wow, your exchange to Cathy is gorgeous, simple gorgeous! Lucky Cathy~

Lynn B said...

Ronel I love this stumpwork, I have just bought a book with stumpwork in for beginners and I was looking at how to do the ladybird, this has certainly encouraged me to have a go!

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Mare said...

Stunning stump work! I love it all, the tiny bees, the berries, that owl, the dragon flies, and all those glorious leaves and vines.