Thursday, June 23, 2011

An Update on Susan

Susan is progressing well. I really enjoy stitching this sampler. Here are some pictures of my progress to date.

That white patch below the butterfly is the tail of the squirrel. Hope to work on this sampler regularly.

On the Exchange front, Carol had received the Snowman Ornament that I stitched for her. The design is by Patti of SamSarah Design from JCS 2007 Ornament Issue. The red fabric is what I used for the backing of the ornament. I am so glad that Carol love this ornament.

Fabric: 32ct hand-dyed Khaki Belfast
Thread: DMC

Here is another picture of the Snowman.

I received a gorgeous pin pillow from Riona. This is for the HoE PS Seasonal Exchange. My favorite season is Autumn and I really love this design that Riona chose to stitch for me. The pin pillow is filled with crushed walnut shells, it's sure is heavy. Riona's stitching and finishing are perfect. Thank you, Riona, for a wonderful exchange.

Look at the beautiful stitching and that acorn charm at the corner! I love it!

My thread pack for Brenda's Mystery Sampler finally arrived. Look at these gorgeous colors!
I am looking forward to another new start, ha, ha!

I found this lovely scissors stand while out shopping with my DD. It came with the scissors, I love it. The fob attached to the scissors is made for a friend.

Another find, a tiny wooden cup. It is supposed to be a card/message stand but I am going to make into a tiny pincushion. That stitching is another scissors fob using Caron's Wildflowers thread.

My friends and I visited the Peranakan Museum last week. I took lots of pictures. The Peranakans are people of mixed ethnic groups. The Peranakan Chinese form the biggest number of Peranakans in Southeast Asia, there are other communities of Peranakans such as Jawi Peranakan(Indian Muslim) and the Chitty Melaka(Indian).

Many beaded items owned by the Peranakans were made specially for weddings. They were mainly made with glass beads from Europe, and range widely in size and function, from slippers to table covers. Here are some pictures of the beautiful beaded slippers.

Peranakan women started to wear the kebaya from early 20th century. Fastened by brooches and worn with a sarong(skirtcloth), the kebaya is the garment most associated with the Peranakan community. I am very attracted to this special exhibition of white lace kebaya, took lots of pictures. They are machined lace but so gorgeous!

Take a closer look at these laces, they are exquisite!

Here is one kebaya that is not white!

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to leave comments. I really appreciate them.

Take care and Happy Stitching!



Gabi said...

Susan looks gorgeous. Love it how she turns out.
The snowman ornament is lovely. So is the pillow you received.
Great that you're starting the Mystery sampler as well. I started that one too and loving it.
The scissor stand is awesome. Never saw one like that before.

Lillie said...

Your sampler is looking awesome.
Both exchanges going and coming very pretty. Shall be looking forward to your finishing of the stand. Its such a great find.

Thanks for the pics from the Peranakan M, I so wanna visit one of these days.

Have a good weekend, hugs

Brigitte said...

This museum is truely worth visiting. I always love to see old and precious clothes and textiles.
Your sampler looks gorgeous, Great progress. And wow, you are also stitching Brenda Gervais' mystery. I've been seeing it on so many blogs and I must say that I feel more and more tempted to stitch it as well ...

Myra said...

Susan is coming along nicely. I really like the colors in that one. Oh you have to start the Mystery Sampler - LOL - it's fun! Your exchange pieces are wonderful. Have a great weekend!

Suzanne said...

Thank you for your kind comment you left on my blog.

Susan is looking beautiful and I love your little snowman ornament.

Carol said...

Your little snowman that you made for Carol is so cute, Ellen--he really makes me smile :) And Susan is simply stunning...Looking forward to following your progress.

I enjoyed looking at your photos of all the beautiful exhibits in the Peranakan Museum--just fascinating!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Your Susan Rambo is SO pretty! I really want to start her, too.
The snowman ornament you made is so sweet - I love it and hte exchange you received is darling as well.
You will enjoy the Mystery Sampler - my progress seems to be slow going but I LOVE the colors!
Thanks for the museum tour - I'd love a pair of those slippers.

Sally said...

Susan is looking gorgeous and I love the snowman ornament.

beautiful pillow you received.

Love the photos from the museum.

Solstitches said...

What a lovely post Ellen.
So much to see I hardly know where to begin!
Your Susan sampler is beautiful and the little snowmen ornament is adorable.
I love the gorgeous scissor stand - trying to figure out if it is an antique or not?
Thanks for sharing your pics of the costumes. They are so beautiful and something I would probably otherwise have known nothing about.

Siobhán said...

Your Susan is exquisite! I can't wait till she is up in my list of samplers to do. Love the ornament, and the exchanges are wonderful!