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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Beyond the Little X - An Interview with Bhooma


For our October interview with sit a bit with Bhooma!  No tricks here, only lots of treats from Bhooma about how much she enjoys stitching and a picture walk through her beautiful, diverse stitching of Scarlet Letter samplers and much, much more!


Bhooma, how old were you when you first picked up a needle and who taught you to stitch? 

I was probably around 11 or 12.  I learnt it from my mom.   I also inherited her love of crafts.


Carousel ~ Teresa Wentzler





What was the first sampler that you stitched?

The one that comes to mind is Metta Putfarcken by Sampler Berlin.


Metta Putfarcken 1848 ~ Samplers Berlin

What is your favorite time of day to stitch? 

I could stitch any time of the day but nights are my favorite time. 


Do you sit in a set place and what tools do you like to have on hand? 

I usually stitch in my family room.  I am usually spread out on the couch with my stitching paraphernalia all around me.  From my couch I can look outside and watch the birds chirping on the trees.

Angel of Love ~ Lavender & Lace

Angel of Christmas ~ Lavender & Lace


Do you use the stick and stab technique, or a sewing stitch?

I use the stick and stab technique.


Do you prefer to stitch in hand, or with a hoop or frame? 

I use a frame. I would be lost without my millennium frame.


What is your favorite linen and thread?

I like lakeside linen.  Among the hand-dyed linen, Sassy's hand dyed linen is my favorite.  For threads, I like HDF and AVAS silks. 

Long Dog Sampler using HDF silk


Have you tried specialty stitches and do you have a favorite?

Yes, I have tried specialty stitches.  I have to say my favorite is Jessica. 

Mery Cox ~ Scarlet Letter


When did you discover the Scarlet Letter?

I was introduced to Scarlet Letter when I saw one on the HDF forum and ordered a couple.   I still haven't stitched them but have added quite a few to my stash :)


What was the first Scarlet Letter sampler you stitched? 

Believe it or not, I stitched my first Scarlet Letter sampler when I joined Nicola’s Scarlet Letter Year challenge!  My first SL finish is A Pattern Record.

A Pattern Record ~ Scarlet Letter

Which designs appeal to you the most?

I like band samplers....

M.Woods 1759

BW1880 ~ Samplers Berlin

ATS 1871 ~ Gigi R Designs

...as well as Quaker style samplers.  

Primera ~ Wiehenburg Samplers

Quaker ~ Wiehenburg Samplers

Any sampler with red and beige color scheme draws my attention.

Papa ~ Samplers Berlin

Do Bears ~ Long Dog Samplers

Gooitie Cornelius 1701 ~ Samplers Berlin


How do you display your stitched samplers?  Do you frame them?  Hang them singularly or in groupings?  

I used to frame my stitched needlework but not anymore.

EH 1875 ~ Samplers Berlin

BKRM 1779 ~ Samplers Berlin


What other types of hand work do you enjoy? 

I knit, crochet and quilt.   But of late, cross stitch has been my focus.  

Needlepoint pictures

Needlepoint sampler


Any guilty secrets to confess? 

I am guilty of licking my floss!!


What has been your worst needlework disaster?

Thankfully, so far, I have not had any needlework disasters!

Dorothea Padies ~ Samplers Berlin


If you can pick just one, which is your favorite sampler that you stitched?  And why?

If I have to pick a favorite among the samplers I stitched, it will be Mette Putfarcken.   Even though the original was stitched in one color, I decided to stitch mine with three colors.  This also was the first one I stitched over one.

Mette Putfarcken 1811-1848


What Scarlet Letter sampler are you currently working on now? 

I am currently working on Ellenor Wykcs and Jean Scrimgeowr.

Ellenor Wykcs in progress

Jean Scrimgeowr in progress



What other hobbies or interests do you enjoy? 

I like to read.  I like to relax with a good book before falling asleep.  If it is a good book I may end up staying up late, but of late have not done much reading.  I also enjoy gardening.  

Chatelaine Egypt Garden




Thank you so much, Bhooma, for sharing your stitching journey with us.  You have created an amazing collection of needlework.  A feast for the eyes and a true inspiration!  Naturally, I had to google the Jessica stitch!  

We look forward to seeing your Scarlet Letter samplers continue to grow!


13 comments:

Debbie Bauer said...

What a wonderful way to begin my day! Your work is beautiful! So much eye candy! Thank you for sharing.

Jenny said...

What a beautiful start to my Sunday morning! All of your needlework is just lovely Bhooma but your Carousel piece just jumped right out at me! The detail....Carousels hold a special place in my heart and your sampler went straight to mine :) Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful work, I really enjoyed it!

Krista said...

Such an amazing array of stitching! Your L&L angels are gorgeous. I also love your vierlandes. I have been wanting to do one for so long now. The one with all the rosettes is breathtaking! Thank you for sharing!

Babs in Alabama said...

What a treat for the spirit and the eyes! Thanks, ladies, for this wonderful tribute to stitching through the works of you, Bhooma. Such a pleasure to walk quietly through your gallery of art.

Bethany said...

Sunday's are busy, when I am with mom, so I didn't get onto my computer until just now. I just love the "X" days. This is a great time to learn and understand more about our wonderful group of talented stitcher's. I for one am inspired each and every day. Thank you Bhooma for sharing a part of your life. All your needle work is amazing.

Scarlet Letter said...

Your skill and range of work amazes me, Bhooma. You truly have a gift.

brod'attitude said...

Every month I enjoy to read your interview. Thank you. I am waiting the next month for an other interresting interview.

Love from France

dijn said...

My heartfelt congratulations, Bhooma! I have been drooling over your work, you are most talented stitcher. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing <3

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Bhooma you have stunning variety of beautiful works.

Thank you for a delightful interview.

queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

Bhooma you have stunning variety of beautiful works.

Thank you for a delightful interview.

Vera said...

What beautiful samplers and works of art. Thank you for sharing Bhooma!

~mj~ said...

Simply amazing! You have stitched so many pieces!! The samplers are esp gorgeous..thank you Bhooma ans Nicola for this peek into a stitchers life!

Kathy Louthan said...

Oh, Bhooma, your work is exquisite and such an inspiration to me. I love how you did the Mette Putfarcken in 3 tons. I'm going to have to try that myself but I can only hope it turns out as beautifully as yours has.