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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Raphael Tuck & Sons lady has been embroidered.............

as most of you have read from my last post..........
I decided I would try to embroider this Victorian lady............

and so..........I carefully worked.......stitch after stitch

and finished her last night

The design is about 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" .  I always name my pieces........so 
introducing
 " Clara Rose"

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Although my work basket is full

of the various embroidery projects I have already started and am in the middle of stitching........
I have decided to ..........and I say very seriously......"attempt"  
to embroider this lovely Victorian lady. 
This is one of Raphael Tuck & Sons prints/postcard.
I discovered Raphael Tuck & Sons a little while back , and was 
captivated with the images of lovely Victorian ladies, with their large hats, adorned with roses..... and then there are the sweet children ......little girls and babies ...dressed in pinafores......surrounded with flowers.  
 I have always loved the Victorian rose and floral images for as long as I can remember...........
but now........my attention is on the ladies, with the large flower covered hats. 
 What caught my heart the most......is the soft colors used to create these beautiful images. 
I have not worked the stitch concept out yet..........but I have picked out the color of floss that closely matches the picture.
When I come back here........in a few days........weeks???  I hope to have a stitched 
photo to show you.
So.........how about you? Do you love Victorian era art......or images?
What is your favorite?  Roses, floral.......or ladies and children?
I would love to hear!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I only had a glimpse of two things hanging from a box ......at an estate sale

and knew instantly that this piece had to go home with me...........
I first saw a glimpse of this incredible pink embroidered flower,

and the hand crocheted lace edging hanging over the edge of the box...........
with a sign........that read
50 cents each.  

As I pulled the piece out of the box, I was saddened to see this large hole

and other holes worn in one area

and the leaves...........beautiful, but the embroidery decayed off.
As I held the piece up, another lady, who was behind me, commented
"that  cannot be used.......it is ruined"
but you all know me well...........I was thrilled to put it in my pile,
and away it went home with me.

The piece is made of linen........and I was able to find , in my stash,
the same weave and color of linen for the hole repair.

I spent a few days, hemming, trimming and sewing in place the pieces
of linen to cover the holes

Looking closely, one can see that there is some kind of difference in the surface,
but all of the holes are covered and the whole section is sturdy and complete

The pink embroidered flowers by the way...........had no wear.........it was only the green embroidery on the leaves for some reason.
I tried to match the green floss closely and spent the rest of the week embroidering over the 
worn leaves

and now they all look crisp and new

The design on this piece is lovely...........

now it is a beautiful 25" X 25" square table piece..........ready to be enjoyed again.

To think that it could have easily been thrown away after the sale........or used for a rag...........
it now has been 
repaired, restored, and re-loved!


Monday, January 23, 2017

My latest embroidery stitches

have landed on a shirt..........which I am selling in my shop.
The shirt is newly purchased........still has it's tag............
I love wild roses and chose this design because of the light and airy look of the flowers and leaves.

and I incorporated butterflies in 

and out of the roses. 

Now it is finished

and ready to be worn........by someone........
If you would like to be that someone......
you can visit my shop at this link

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It was wonderful to read all of your comments in my past post

about what you do when  your husbands get to retire! 
I am now in the middle of a larger project.........that will take a few more stitches 
and a lot more time.  In the meantime, it you glance over at this photo 

on your right.......and then click onto it.......
or click on this link    My Handmades
it will take  you to my " gallery" of my embroidery 
that I have completed.
Lots and lots of stitches across the hours of time!
Most of the embroider I have worked, has either been given away or sold......
so 
I'm not using it as a blog........more of an eye candy......reminder..... where I can 
look over what I have already stitched and to get ideas to 
make something different.
How about you?  Have you stitched............painted......created..........and then given 
most of it away?  For Christmas......birthdays.........friendship gifts?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I have often heard from others ..........when their husbands retire,

their needlework drops drastically because their husband
keeps them "busy".

my husband was forced to retire when his place of employment
closed it's doors..........
During the time he worked.......he worked long hours
and did not spend much time in front of the television.
Now that he is home .......he has learned how to " enjoy" his free time and has discovered  friends from his past..................
John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, The Lone Ranger.....
and countless more...........
He can spend hours.......sitting in the same pose........starring at the screen.
which gives me a lot of time to do my stitching.
I have started stitching some designs that I have stitched in the past
and am not sure what I will make of these as of yet.

 I stitched this little teapot
and have started another set of these on tea towels......


and I decided I want to make another little "crazy quilt" using my candle design that I 
had created a while back.
While bullets are zinging and arrows are flying in the living room, 
I am in my studio........stitching away.
How about you?  Do you have more time to stitch......or create.......... now that your 
husbands have retired.......or are you busy doing all of the things 
you want to do together?








Saturday, January 7, 2017

My embroidery pattern is finally for sale!

For the longest time I have been designing and working up patterns for a book
and many of you have asked me for this particular rooster pattern,
well now it is available!  Not a book deal yet, 
however I am designing and selling my patterns at this link
 in my Etsy shop 


There are many things you can make from this design........tea towels, placemats, and potholders......as I did in this photo.  I am planning and designing a lot more patterns.......
I hope you all might enjoy!