A Journey with Sue Spargo
July 8, 2011 § 9 Comments
Taking classes in Sisters, Oregon this week has been just fabulous! And the weather has been awesome too! I am totally soaking up the sun before we head back to the land of rain. One of the classes I took was with Sue Spargo. She is so sweet and so talented!
Many of you know that last year I made a decision to overcome my fear and intimidation of hand work and started hand piecing my Dear Jane quilt. Well, this is just another piece in my handwork journey. Some of the stitches we learned were not easy for me and took a lot of concentration. My head felt like it was going to explode by the end of the day. I have noticed that over the last year my attitude towards handwork has been changing. I don’t hate it or avoid it anymore. But it still doesn’t feel completely comfortable. There may still be hope for me yet. What I do love is that I am building a base of knowledge that I hope will enable me to use both hand and machine together at the same time. Like in my 4-Letter Words quilt.
Our assignment was to make a Journal Quilt. We all started with a kit that included the tree and the 3 pieces of wool in the center of the background. Then each of us could add any number of borders of our choosing. This was to be completed before we came to class. In class we started adding elements that would tell the story we chose. Some chose to document their travels around the world. Others chose to document their family tree or aspects of their family story. As I was trying to decide whether to add a root to the tree or not, I was thinking about my own roots. Maybe my tree will include aspects of my heritage and childhood as well as things from my life at the moment.
This is Sue Spargo’s Journal Quilt. Hers includes 50 birds for 50 years of life and 4 butterflies for her 4 children. It also includes elements from many of the places she has lived. Her stitching is AMAZING!! There is just no way to capture in photos the detail of the embroidery stitches she uses to embellish her wool applique.
A few of the embroidery books that she recommends for reference are the Left Handed Embroiderers Companion & the Right Handed Embroiderers Companion as well as The Embroidery Stitch Bible. They are all fabulous!
This is one of Sue’s Leaf Study pieces. I am in awe!