Tuesday, October 07, 2008

~ Custom Needlepoint ~

My dream is to have my friend Sarah make needlepoint seat covers for my kitchen chairs. She made this seat cover for the chair above. Her love of all things tartan is represented in the background. This is one of the first pieces that she did designing her own interpretation of a plaid turned into needlepoint.
On this pillow you see the plaid used on a larger scale.
This little lumbar pillow was made to rest on the back of the chair but today is being used to spread the pattern of the chair around our living room.
Last Saturday at a local craft fair I bought these three pieces from Miss Sarah. Aren't her cards cute?
Here they are in their new home. These pieces have a special place in my heart because before they came to Greenbrier to live they were in Summerhill. Summerhill was the little duplex cottage where our family had the lower unit and Sarah's had the upper unit. We shared our duplex for 12 years until we sold it in 2006. These pieces will remind me of all the fond memories of our time at Summerhill for ever more.

One of these days I will try to share photos of Sarah's doll house of a home that is chock full of her tartan needlepoint work. If you are a fan of the English Country look you will love her home that has continued to evolve over the past 20 years. The custom work that Sarah has created to adorn her cape cod cottage will amaze you and if you think the color Hunter Green is over, prepare to fall in love with it all over again.

Hugs,
Sue

19 comments:

  1. What beautiful pillows and they look so nice in your home.
    I hope you do a post on Sarah's house. Would love to see it.

    ~Kim

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  2. Wow those are the kind of pillows we all wish we had. Lucky you!

    You know, I love that have named your homes. Makes a lot of sense to me. Things we love need a name!

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  3. Those are so beautiful! I am afraid to have anything handmade and lovely with three young boys, and a husband that comes home with questionable plane fluids on his work clothes. Maybe when the kids move out and hubby retires?

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  4. Oh wow Sue!! those are stunning!!! and so unique too! Ive never seen it done that way, what talent she has! and you are so lucky to have such beautiful pieces in your home too, they look gorgeous!! by any chance does she have a website or sell them anywhere?? I love them! and your home looks so beautiful with them also!! ~ hugs ~ Cynthia

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  5. Cynthia,
    Sarah does not have a web site or sell them any place. Occasionally she sells pieces of her private collection. Maybe I can get a few of her pieces that she night want to sell and post them on the blog. I'll keep you posted.
    S

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  6. Beautiful! My mother was a fabulous needlepointer and once did an entire king-size headboard for an artist friend. They bartered their work, and my mother received a gorgeous painting in return.

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  7. Oh Sue, I love the pillows! I love that floral chair sitting there too! Nancy

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  8. Beautiful! Your friend is very talented!

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  9. Sarah was so excited that you had purchased her chair and pillows! They are perfect for your living room...love the chair by your desk.
    They are sooo beautiful that I had contemplated them for my house, but didn't have the right spot...I'm so glad you have them!
    Love - S

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  10. I love needlepoint anything, my Husband and boys hate them, they think they are the most uncomfortable pillows ever and even take them and rub eachothers faces in them when they are feeling a bit mean! BOYS!! Your friend, Sarah, must be one talented women, please do a post on her soon, I for one would love to see her home and other needlepoints!!

    Hope your having a lovely week so far, and BTW, your grandbabies are so darling!
    XO,
    Donna Lynn

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  11. Just found your blog, wow! Love the pictures.

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  12. These are absolutely gorgeous!! What a talented lady, Gosh I can understand why your dream is to have your kitchen chairs done in this. I would LOVE to see Lady Sarah's house!!

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  13. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Through your blog, a lot of people including me of course have a chance to read and learn from.
    I have read some of your post and I really enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks again and looking forward for more of your posting soon!

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  14. What is the fabric pattern on your chairs-I think this is what I want to use in my newly designed "library". Is it Lee Jofa?

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  15. Capegirl,
    The fabric on the chair is an old Waverly pattern that I think was called Cameo. Unfortunately it was discontinued around 1994.
    S

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  16. I love that pink wall! :)

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  17. Such beautiful work...I have always admired needlework ability.

    Love,
    Sue

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  18. Hi Sue, just stopping by to say hello...love those needlepoint pillows, the color and design are beautiful.

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Hugs,
Sue