Hope Yoder Offers Us a New Twist on Heirlooming
by Martha Pullen, Sew Beautiful Issue No. 102, 2005
Hope Yoder has been on a roll this year. Pick up just about any sewing magazine on the newsstands, and you'll find something she's designed. Be it her blouse on the cover of Sew News, her embroidery techniques in Designs in Machine Embroidery, or her "Victoria Dreams Heirloom Shirt", which, of course, graced our pages last spring.
Her book Embellished Heirloom Treasures (self-published 2005, $21.95) makes evident why Hope's design approach is so popular. Her work is feminine without being overwhelmingly frilly, and she often blends white with just the right intensity of color whether she's making a linen tea cozy, or an heirloom blouse. Although she didn't invent the Cathedral Windows technique, she works it with an interesting new twist teaming it with delicate machine embroidery.
"My embroidery designs are not your typical embroidery - stick it in the hoop and go - but they are heirloom techniques that have been recreated in the embroidery hoop, making it easy for everyone to make beautiful heirlooms." Complete instructions for lending her flair to a tea cozy, a baby quilt, petite purses and the book's cover blouse are detailed step by step. Embellished Heirloom Treasures is Hope's second book. For additional sewing materials, visit her website.
Most recently released is Vintage Reticule, which includes a new embroidery design and a purse pattern featuring crazy quilting, reverse bobbin embroidery, couching yards, and threads.