"Hi! I'm the official mascot for the camper Bill and Ellen bought last summer. As you can see, I have their camper embroidered and appliqued to my sweater. My name is Scamper, rhymes with Camper. I don't have a lot to do in the winter, so Ellen asked me if I wanted to introduce some of her embroideries today. You see, she had a knee replacement eight weeks ago and couldn't work in her studio. Instead she has been watching old movies on TV like "Gilda" and "The Book Thief" and embroidering sampler designs she bought awhile ago and was saving for....."a rainy day?"
Anyway, she has completed quite a few and thought you might enjoy seeing them. Of course, the colors are much brighter and more lively in person. Photographed inside against a pink background without a flash, they still lost some of their color. Here is the first one, which you may have seen before but she wanted me to show it so you could see the evolution in color selection as she went along.
"You Make Me Happy" was designed by Pam Garrison and is available from her Etsy shop. Her samplers do not come with directions or thread--all the choices are left up to you. This embroidery measures about 8" x 10". Below is another design by Pam called "Love Lives Here." It is a larger piece, about 11" x 14".
Pam's designs are fun, but challenging because of all the satin stitching they require. One must be patient. This is slow work!
The four hearts above might end up being cut apart when all the samplers are sewn together into some sort of quilt, which Ellen has not yet designed. The hearts would be nice in the four corners of the front of the mystery quilt, yes? The hearts and the bird-on-basket are also by Pam Garrison.
The embroidery design below, a contemporary version of an old-fashioned stitch sampler, was designed by Rebecca Ringquist.
For a change of pace, Ellen decided to embroider a few of Charlotte Lyons' doodle-style samplers. Here is the first one:
She loves Charlotte's child-like style, and once she got going on these delightful designs, she couldn't stop!
The next one turned out to be the most labor intensive but she thinks it might be her favorite, inspite of the rat-faced, cow-bodied dog at the bottom:
She told me to be sure to tell you that she never feels more connected to "the mother line" than when she is embroidering or spinning. For hundreds of years, embroidery was one of the few areas where women could express themselves freely and there is a wonderful book on how they used their freedom to express their indignation and resentment toward male domination called The Subversive Stitch.
The smallest design she did was a butterfly designed by Pam Garrison; the trick to making this design really pop is to use as many colors as possible. It's labor intensive to change colors every fifteen seconds but well worth the result.
She still has about 12 more samplers to stitch so there might be more to share after she has her second knee replacement in February. And now, if you don't mind. I think I feel a nap coming on, and this bowl full of Wensleydale locks looks like a good place to take it!
Whoops, Ellen doesn't want me to sign off without wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! That's all the news from Scamper the Camper pup--signing off for now!