Every year the Jackson Stitchery Guild, of which I am a proud member, has a workshop during the year for making a stitched name tag.
At any of the monthly "Stitch-ins" or at the annual Stitching Retreat at Lake Tiak-O'Kata near Louisville, one can see the most delightful array of name tags made in so many methods of needlework.
Those who have been a member of the Jackson Stitchery Guild for a number of years, like Bea Berry (see photo), now have an enviable collection of name tags! This photo only shows about half of her collection of stitched name tags!
Bea is pointing to the name tag that she considered the hardest for her to make. The two plaid name tags involved math and placing the colors according to a number assigned to each letter in her name. (She tried to explain it to me, but I got lost around the second sentence! *grimace* Sorry Bea!)
Notice on most of these name tags that the cording is also hand-made. In the first and fourth picture, little beads were incorporated INTO the cording to come out in just the right place. I can't get my mind around how to do that. (Yes, Bea tried to explain to me how to make cording. Bea is soooo patient with me!)
Since this was my first time to attend the Stitching Retreat at Lake Tiak-O'Kata (blogged here and here and here) , an anonymous friend made the name tag (first picture) for me so that I would not feel out of place. That was just soooo thoughtful! I "think" I know who the anonymous stitcher was, but I have thanked two ladies, both very likely suspects! *grin*
This spectacular beaded hummingbird name tag was made by Sarah Langston, Bea's sister. It is one of two drop-dead-gorgeous beaded name tags Sarah made and gave to special people at the February retreat. The other beaded name tag was a kimono that was beyond description.
The little beaded Christmas Cactus flowers and the wings are amazingly 3-D! Gordon tried to photograph the tiny details, but I was apparently too wiggly for him to get a good crisp photo. *crooked grin*
I had wanted to run around and make photos of name tags to share, but there was never enough time, and I felt a little weird to be so fascinated about something the Jackson Stitchery Guild members took for granted! *grin*
Does your sewing guild make decorative name tags? It is really a FUN way to learn new techniques and give your creativity a little workout! I've searched around on Flickr and Google, and I can't find anything like this. Maybe I am not using the right search words?
Let me know what you think, and especially if you have seen creatively stitched name tags before.
I hope to have time to do a name tag of a miniature pieced quilt design in time to wear to the June Gathering of the Mississippi Quilt Association.
Any suggestions for a miniature quilt pattern that would work? Do you know of any directions for piecing in miniature?
Ladies of the Jackson Stitchery Guild, especially Bea and Sarah, thank you for opening up a whole new fascinating area of creative challenge for me!
I'll be designing name tags in my mind as I drift off to sleep for many nights to come! *grin*