What Are You Stitching?

24th June 2022

We’re doing something a little different this week for What Are You Stitching? Recently we were approached by Leslie Brady who sent in the work of her wonderful mother, Emie Mehard. If that name sounds familiar it’s probably because the project Emie’s Etui by Betsy Morgan from the book Willing Hands was actually designed for, and named after, Leslie’s mother. So we thought it would be nice to dedicate this week’s segment to Emie and showcase some of her work.

Emie will be 89 years old this year and she still stitches every single day. She taught her daughter Leslie how to stitch when Leslie was 9 years old, and she has been an inspiration to countless needleworkers her whole life.

Emie loves stitching projects from Inspirations magazine and is skilled in a range of techniques.

Leslie says that Emie is the ‘matriarch’ of their local EGA chapter, where she stitches regularly.

Because of the personal connection with Betsy Morgan, Emie has stitched several of Betsy’s projects. Her work is just exquisite.

A display was put on at Emie’s retirement community showing her prolific output. Together, Leslie and Emie had a great time arranging multiple tables, particularly the one displaying Emie’s Etui.

Finally, this marvellous canvas piece, entitled ‘Patterns of the Orient’ by designer Tony Minieri, was completed by Emie with a bit of help from her daughter. Leslie completed the goldwork circular section in the top right, but the rest was Emie’s work. It was a very challenging piece that took years to complete, but the result is magnificent.

What a joy it has been to see the work of this talented lady. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we did and thank you to Leslie for sharing your mother’s needlework with us.

If you’d like to share your stitching, we’d love to see it. Just send in some photos of your work with a bit of information about the project and your stitching journey to news@inspirationsstudios.com.

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