Life is a bowl full of strawberries
Before I go too far down the bunny trail, this post is about another kind of strawberry--emery strawberry's. We stitchers do love strawberry's, both the edible kind and the emery variety. The strawberry's range from very plain and utilitarian to the very fancy made with beads and lace or hardanger. The Shakers are given much of the credit for the tomato pincushion with a strawberry emery. The purpose of the strawberry was to "polish and sharpen the needles."
Since finishing the second kit in the Colonial Gathering Club called Strawberry House, I have been considering making a strawberry and adding it to the inside of my box.
Blackberry Primitives has some lovely hand dyed velvet on their web site and one of the vendors at the Beat the Heat event had some of their velvet for sale. When it comes to fabrics: cotton, wool, linen, flannel or velvet I have no resistance. Of course, some of those lovely hand dyed velvets came home with me.
Maggie Bonanomi is one of my favorite authors and designers. I love Maggie's style! Do you see what I see on the front of the cover? Yes, a strawberry. Recipe for a strawberry emery: cut some overdyed velvet for the body and wool for the berry cap. Stitch some seeds using DMC 733, stuff with fiber, add a twisted cord or ribbon.
More goodness to add to my year of Colonial Gatherings