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

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I love those vintage images of old homes with hand embroidered pictures

either hanging on the wall or above the fireplace.........
pretty flowers and simple phrases.....
that make a strong statement and give the house
a " home" feel. 

Our home is a 1903 Bungalow............and the people ( who first owned it) and who moved it from a growling  town to where it is sitting now (in the middle heaven.........mesquite wood prairie).......... , spent two years fixing sheet rock, the bathrooms, the plumbing, the central air, and all of  the every day things that really were not available a hundred years ago.......in a house like this......... to make this house......
 a comfortable home............
yet it still has that nostalgic charm......inside and out.
Over the years I have embroidered many pieces.......
many I have made as gifts and have given away......
many I have sold in my shop........
but not this time.........
this time 
I embroidered this piece......for our home to give it 
that  authentic  "home" touch to it..
Now I need to find the perfect frame........but which wall to hang it on?
Any suggestions?
And tell me...........
what are your favorite home phrases??
Home Sweet Home
God Bless Our Home
Welcome Friends
or something else?
I would love to hear!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

From worn and weathered...........

to farmhouse charm

this set of chairs has been with me for over 30 years. They were painted and used a lot around our small table at our family dinners..........but then I got a new dining room set for our home when we moved to our country home years ago........

and the chairs sat in storage.  Two years ago I opened my vintage shop and gave these chairs a new look with different brightly colored paint for each and a hand cross stitched backing. 
I have had them for sale........but the different colors have not appealed to anyone.........
but me.......sigh

for the last 2 weeks ,  I have labored at removing the paint and re-painting the chairs in a country white with black ring accent.......now they have farmhouse charm........
don't you think?

the same cross stitch backs
"Winter"

"Spring"

"Summer"

"Autumn"

now they sit in my shop around the vintage table with vintage dishware.
You can visit my facebook shop page to see more dishware and things in my shop if you would like,
just click onto this link  Yesteryear Shop

I have just found another set of chairs........waiting to be embroidered. 
I think I will do my regular embroidery on these instead of cross stitch.
Wish you could all come to visit me..........we could sit at this table while we enjoyed pie and coffee.......and wonderful conversation!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment


My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.

 The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. 
Abram L. Urban

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Mexican Hat Coneflowers are blooming

and catching my attention 

as they sway in the breeze on the prairie grounds

how could I resist the opportunity to capture them in 
my hand embroidery?

I also gathered some seed......in hopes to get them to grow next year in my flower beds.

A good while back,  I posted my version of a zinnia in my embroidery
and .......then.......I got busy on another project and didn't finish the rest of the piece


this week, I finally finished the jar I designed it in

and finished the leaves and stem

now the piece is complete.  
As most of you know.......I love zinnias and plant large gardens of them every year.
And I love to cut and place them in mason jars for the dining table.
How about you?
Do you like flowers on your dining table?
What kind of vase do you use?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The golden glow of the late afternoon

enters the house and fills it with a calm and comfort.

Throughout the day.......I am aware of the weather going on outside.....
whether it be cold wind blowing and snow falling,
rain dripping,
or hot and muggy , with the sun baking 
the parched earth.........
no matter what the conditions........the end of the day wraps it's peacefulness
around the house and says.........
"your home" 


While going through my never ending stash......I came upon this printed piece
waiting to be stitched........

and it's one phrase summed up all that I feel when I am ready to settle down in the late
afternoon to stitch.

It's not finished yet........I still have a few flowers and leaves to 
embroider

but the words are done............
Bless.........what a wonderful word.........
it's how I feel.........blessed
Here's wishing you the same feeling!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

When I found the quote above.....I thought..."how fitting".......so why not have roses.......
instead of diamonds........around your neck?
I showed you this coat in my last post

 and decided to embroider red roses all along the front and soon........the collar.


 I decided ... to do the leaves in green..........instead of red........


I want the roses to be noticed and I think by doing the leaves in green.......it will draw the eye to the embroidery when the coat is worn........don't you think?

I still have a lot to do..........and I am not sure how much I will do. 
But I want this coat to "sing" with embroidery.
Hope this finds you happily creating in your corner of the world.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The prettiness of variegated embroidery floss

shows up really well on this shirt that I have just finished embroidering. 

To achieve the look and feel I wanted,  I stitched  with various skeins of variegated floss, cutting the strands at different color and shadings

and working the stitches in the areas I wanted certain colors to be


This is such a light and cheerful transfer and I wanted that feel in the embroidery

I embroidered the shoulder and upper arm, by opening it and  lying it  flat

so that when the shirt is worn, the embroidery will be seen both in the front and back of  the arm and shoulder, 

with one side panel embroidered in the front.  Sweet , simple,.........and pretty.
don't you think?

my next project is this somewhat "vintage" coat........possibly from the 80's but in "like new" condition...........
when I saw it hanging in a thrift store window............in the hot sun.......
It seemed to plead with me..........." I need embellishment"
It needed to be rescued before the sun ruined it.
It is made of wool with a satin lining...........if feels so soft.
Although the red typically makes it a "holiday" coat..........I am not embroidering 
traditional holiday design onto it...........no
I have a whole lovely idea forming for this pretty coat.
I hope to be showing you ...............soon
So tell me............what are you creating??