Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Winter Quaker Scissor Pocket

After getting notice that my partner in the HoE Winter Quaker exchange received my packet, I can post now some pictures. Marie was pleased with the result and I'm glad she is. :) This is the first time I stitched a Quaker design, and I fell in love with this type of stitching. It's lovely how these Quaker motifs come to life when stitching them.

It's of course typical for me to subscribe for an exchange and then sitting here and thinking, what in heaven IS a quaker???? Because I love to learn new things, that wasn't such a problem and I started searching to find some more info about it. Found a lot of interesting sites and designers I had never heard of. Like the designs from Romy in Austria. So beautiful. And then I found a pdf file from a Sampler Guild within a design of a scissor pocket - and fell instantly in love. A design by Barbara Bernard, who gives lessons, but doesn't have a website as such. After finally finding her email address I was able to purchase the pattern. It was a bit more work then I thought it would be, but - my first quaker just had to be this scissor pocket.


Winter Quaker Scissor Pocket
Design by Barbara Bernard
Stitched on 32ct Belfast linen - Country Cream
Thread: Theadworx Blue Navy


A bit more about this beautiful design. Barbara Bernard designed this pocket in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Loudoun Samper Guild and later charted it again for the Virginia Guild of Needlewomen. The original design had in the middle the name of the guild, the flowers were a bit to the side and it carried next to the flowers the text: aged 10 years. Where the squirrel now is, were a sun with the year in.

Because I'm not a member of a guild and stitched this for Marie, I personalized the design a bit for her and left out all text and lettering belonging to the guild. I centered the flowers and replaced the symbol that carried the year with a squirrel. The empty spaces I filled with a bird, a flower and the already mentioned squirrel. Hopefully I didn't mess up any of the possible deeper meanings of the symbols. I don't have the slightest clue what all these Quaker symbols mean. The ones I added have a very simple meaning: Gabi likes birds, flowers and squirrels.

Ohhh....and I bought another chart from Barbara Bernard. Another scissor pocket. This time a multi colored one and I just LOVE it. It's on my "to do" list.

30 comments:

stitchinfiend said...

That is so lovely. I love the Quaker patterns. I did my first one last year. Such a neat idea the sissors pocket.

Jill said...

This scissor pocket is gorgeous! I can't believe it is your first one. You did a super job. Congrats!

Binky's Blog said...

Congrats on the finish. I found Quaker this past year and have really enjoyed stitching them also. Great color and nice finishing also

Ellen said...

I love Quaker designs. Your scissors pocket is gorgeous, beautifully stitched and finished.

Hugs

Becky K in OK said...

Gabi, An absolutely gorgeous scissor pocket. Well done.

Cindy F. said...

Oh Gabi!! You did an absolutely fabulous job on this!! It's gorgeous!! Congrats:)

sales said...

WOW! That is absolutely fantastic! I think will have to try one of those someday!
Heidi-ILCS

Carolyn NC said...

Gabi,
This is just gorgeous! I'm sure Marie is thrilled to death with this. Beautiful job!

Deborah said...

The "Scissor Pocket" is the prettiest I have seen!! Wonderful!!
Love and Hugs!
Deborah

dianemi said...

Gabi it's gorgeous. I bet Marie is so excited to have it. It's hard to believe that is your first time stitching a Quaker design... both your stitching and finishing are just beautiful.

Kelly said...

It is really lovely Gabi and it looks like a lot of work went into it, well done!

Rene la Frog said...

I too have fallen in love with Quaker designs and your scissor pocket is awesome. What a lucky exchange partner you have.

Giovanna said...

Lovely work, Gabi, and I love the colour you chose.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

That is gorgeous. I just love it.

staci said...

Every exchange you send is stunning Gabi, and this is no exception! Absolutely beautiful workmanship!!!

cricket said...

I love the scissor pocket!!! Beautiful!!! Hugs Nancy Cricket Tucket

stitcherydoo said...

Lovely! Having only just discovered Quaker myself, I can really admire the work that went into this beautiful design. Well done!

Kathy said...

Oh my, the scissor pocket is stunning! I love it.
Are they difficult to put together?

Meari said...

Nice job, Gabi!

Jean said...

I have never done a quaker piece. Yours is so pretty!! She will love it! I have to agree with the previous post - all your finishes are so pretty. You do such great work! Plus, all the variations you made to personalize the pattern are really special.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow!!!! That is absolutely stunning!!! Can I have one, its my birthday tomorrow!

Nessa G. said...

That navy color is gorgeous and the workmanship so wonderful! It's another one of the things I've never been drawn to put your finished project is so lovely. And thank you for your comments on my sampler...High Praise indeed coming from someone who has completed multiple Martina Weber designs...Thank you.

Mich said...

Mooi gemaakt zeg !!!

Wendy said...

Oooh those scissor pockets are just so gorgeous! You did a wonderful job on it.

Prettig weekend en Groetjes,
Wendy (HAED SAL)

Was just reading on Mich's blog that you also speak Dutch.

gwen said...

Very Very Great work! Beautiful. Congratulation!

Nancy said...

Awesome finishing, you are quite talented!!!

Bine said...

It is beautiful and carefully finished. I love scissors pockets. I made one a few years ago and I still adore it but it was quite a lot of work. Perhaps it was just tricky because it was a new finishing technique and I had a bit trouble translating the instructions into German?
The quaker motif is gorgeous...maybe I will have to make another one one day????

LadyV said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing.

I have this one on my "to-do" list along with a few others. I think scissor pockets are lovely and if I ever get to it, it will be a new finishing technique for me too.

Vee
http://brokenneedle.typepad.com

Stacy said...

Your scissor pocket is GORGEOUS!!!! I saw the picture on HOE and I just about had to wipe the droll off my keyboard!!!
Stacy

Lynn B said...

Gabi this scissor pocket is absolutely gorgeous!