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

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! 


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Season Is Here!

Winter is the slow-down
Winter is the search for self
Winter gives the silence you need to listen
Winter goes gray so you can see your own colors...
Terri Guillemets

Monday, December 19, 2016

In the top kitchen drawer, I have

kitchen towels, kitchen rags, and kitchen dishcloths.
I have some towels that are so pretty, I only use them for hanging in the kitchen,
others I use for drying dishes, and then there is a stack of rags and more worn
dishtowels that I use for heavier jobs ...such as scrubbing and hard cleaning.


Once a year......usually at this time........I stop to make myself a pile 
of new hand crocheted  dishcloths.  I have often made these to give to friends and family  as well.
Some think they are too pretty to use.......and never use them......
some do not like the difference in how they feel to wash dishes with ..........and never use them
but others.......like myself, use them constantly

until they fade and wear out.  
How about you?  Do you love to use them......
or do you prefer the regular dish cloths?

I am now stocked up and ready to use these. 
These are just the first of things I want to make for my home.
I hope to make more crocheted, hand embroidered, 
and quilted items for.........each room of the house. 


If you remember..........I posted this a little while back.
It is a paint by number kit that I found in a junk store. 
The containers of paint were dry and caked........but I soaked them for a week with water 
and kept stirring them.........then started painting.

I finally finished the painting the other day!  I think paint by number
is one of my new favorite things to do.  
So what are  your creative plans for the new coming year?
I would love to hear!