Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Hi, and welcome! The whole purpose of this blog is to share my passion for hand embroidery. I love hand embroidered linens throughout the home and I am always busy designing and stitching. This blog is to show what I am designing , working on, and dreaming about, and to share the love of embroidered stitching along the way with you! I love to hear and to see what others are creating. Enjoy your visit and please feel free to comment or email me if you would like to do so!
Kathleen

Monday, February 23, 2015

So many times, I try to find another use for pieces of vintage china in my shop

 pieces that are missing it's companion sugar bowl, creamer, or the all important lid to that particular piece.

Pieces that are still so pretty and still wonderful to enjoy
(I think)
They have sat for years on a shelf or in a dusty box in junk stores and sales,
until I find them........and bring them home to my 
shop


Such is the story on this piece. It is a very vintage 1920;s  creamer, missing it's companion sugar bowl.
Hand painted, made in Japan. I have researched and have only found one antique pitcher with the same design.
One side has this house by a lake with boats sailing, 

the other side has a quaint farm scene, which captured my heart.
The only flaw is tiny chip in the upper rim by the spout.
I decided to try to find another life for this pretty piece

and added a blue scouring pad.

I then drew off a design to match the farm scene and stitched it in different shades of blue

onto a soft cotton dish towel.

I then crocheted a dish cloth is blue and white

and crocheted both dish cloth and towel in a dark blue edging.

Now the little creamer belongs to a set that is perfect for a 
quaint and vintage touch for the kitchen.......don' t you think?
I am hoping someone will buy it and take it home to use once again.

I also did the same to this little hen salt , pepper, and napkin holder.
Someone made it in ceramics in 1987......that is what it shows on the bottom.
Since she was painted in blue and has blue flowers on her, 

I found this cute hen design with flowers and embroidered her in blue on 4 vintage napkins.

Now this is also a cute set ready to be used once again!
So tell me, do you like to re purpose things? 
Old pieces of china, old chairs, or old tools perhaps?
I would love to hear!
If you want to have a good look at my vintage shop Yesteryear,
hop over to my country blog
where I have posted about it today.
Hope this finds everyone staying warm!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

I have collected vintage handbags, mostly from the 60's

for a while now. They are so elegant and pretty, I think. 

And although I do not want to sell clothing in my vintage shop, I have decided to start selling a few of  my handbags. 


I also have collected vintage costume jewelry for years and decided to combine both pieces, by embellishing the purses

with the pendants or broaches. I add small rhinestones and glass beads as well.  
It gave the handbags a whole new look..........don't you think?

Now some might say that I have ruined the "value" of these handbags.......and they might be right.
However, these bags have been in other shops for years......not being noticed.

And now they have a new look...........and maybe might get a new life.

This purse is pretty by itself..........

but with a lovely broach and glass beads........it looks alive again.
( I think)

This ordinary clutch........looks tired and unassuming......

but with a cluster of pearls and rhinestones........it is ready to accompany a dress.

I love pearls in vintage jewelry.........don't you?

I have a wonderful biscuit recipe on my cooking blog using buttermilk. 
These biscuits come out tall and delicious!
You can find this recipe by clicking on to the link



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Here is a pretty cross stitch pattern for you to try!


Don't you love blue birds.............I am not sure why they did not turn out blue on the photo above......but they are blue. 

 My hands are busy stitching..........and I haven't any thing to show you, so while browsing through my books, I cam across this sweet blue bird pattern. It comes from the book
The Cross Stitch Garden by Melinda Coss  1995
and is full of wonderful patterns. 
I hope you can click onto this photo to work the pattern for yourself.
Also, if you visit my cooking blog, My Country Kitchen
You will find a recipe for Texas Caviar 

and a wonderful history about the Texas lady who created this recipe. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

More Valentine Pockets have been stitched

and are once again listed on my Etsy.........plus I have taken off a couple of $$!
Visit my Etsy by clicking onto this link

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Valentine's day is almost here........and although I have lots of creative ideas..................

I always seem to be running behind every holiday when it comes to making things.........

until this time. I finally managed to get slightly ahead and made these little 
heart pockets 

to tuck jewelry 

little hand lotions and lip gloss.......

or Valentine candy in.

I made some with floral print fabric, 

some in decorative tie dye,

some in red and white........of course........

and I couldn't leave out roses.

I embellished them with beads 

and edged in embroidery.
Perfect for making those Valentine trinkets special.
If you are interested in these
they can be purchased through my Etsy shop.
Just click onto this link to visit
How about you?
Are you creating and making decorating plans for Valentine;s Day?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

These last few days have been frozen and cold,

with the power going off and on at times......
Giving me lots of time to stay inside and work on one of the unfinished projects I spoke about in my earlier post. This is a vintage linen tablecloth and napkin set with hand drawn work on the bottom edges. 
The light purple edge with the dark purple stripes led me 

to draw a morning glory design on to them for the embroidery. The napkins have a small morning glory bud on each corner.........

and the tablecloth has a cluster of morning glories on each corner in colors of 
lavender, purple, and blues. 


My question to you is..........
as you can see it has a pretty border edge and drawn work.........
but there is still a large space in between the clusters of morning glories on the tablecloth. Do you think I should leave that space and let the tablecloth just have each corner embroidered, or should I embroider in the space between them?
If so, should I embroider a vine, connecting the blossoms...........
or should  I work another morning glory flower or cluster there?
I would love to hear!

**** My son flew in from Hawaii for a short leave before he is to be deployed and he brought us a fresh pineapple! I made a wonderful upside down pineapple cake using my 
iron skillet! 

If you would like that recipe, just click onto the link that will take you to my cooking blog


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Saying goodbye to a year full of stitches


and looking forward to a year full of new stitches to learn and.......
........hopefully projects finished?
It seems that no matter how many days I have with every year to stitch, I never seem to have enough time to stitch and finish  every thing that I have started working on ..........
is that the way it is for you?
I looked through all of the things I have labeled
"works in progress"
and have decided to devote at least one day a week to working on them.......
well, it's a good idea at least........don't you think?
I even have them all placed in a work basket beside my stitching table, so I have no excuse to ignore them..........
How about you? 
Are there things to stitch, paint, or create that you have started and not finished........
and then declare that this is the year to get it all done?
Maybe a new job has stolen your time away............
or maybe new things have happened within your family that has
taken your attention...........
One thing I have always loved about embroidery..........
no matter how stress packed and busy my day has been,
it is always so relaxing to end my day with a few stitches......
it seems to calm the worries in my head
and to think things through as I work.
Here's wishing you a new year for a creative journey with time and enjoyment for all the things you wish to do!
Happy New Year!