With the pollen count well over 5000 here in Georgia, sitting on the porch stitching is just not an option, no matter how beautiful the flowers in your garden may be. So this month our newsletter brings the garden indoors to you as we feature the beautiful embroidery work of Cheryl Davidson of “A Frayed Knot”. I have been in this industry for almost 40 years and I have seen many lovely embroidery works from both Americans and our friends ‘down under’ in Australia. Some exceptional ladies come to mind such as Judith Dobson, Wendy Regan and Wendy Schoen, and I must say Cheryl’s work is there among the elite. What sets Cheryl apart is her ability for design and bringing the pattern, print or flower of a fabric to life with her personal interpretation. While she doodles with pen and paper, much of her work is totally free hand. That is a gift of which only a few of us could dream.
Her ‘signature’ is sleeve bands, but she also does wonders with the tiniest motif, or scrap of antique lace or embroidery you can imagine. Whether it is on a placket, collar, pocket or where ever her imagination goes, the finished garment looks as if it was designed around that tiny scrap!!! And for Cheryl – no more bulk with plackets, as many times she uses lace for the facing! And just ask her how she keeps ‘puff’ sleeves ‘puffed’. Her ideas and secrets are far too many to mention here.
If you plan to be in the Memphis area, give her a call, and you might even get a lesson along with a tour. Her shop is just outside Germantown in Lakeland, and well worth the detour. Her phone number is 901-262-0772.
Our computer has been very busy with Europe with new embroideries coming for the fall and holiday sewing seasons. I am so very excited I can bearly (so sorry!) contain myself! Stay tuned……
Being a cat lover, as many of you are, I will leave you with the following:
“If purring could be encapsulated, it’d be the most powerful anti-depressant on the pharmaceutical market.” – Alexis F. Hope