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
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
If you would like that recipe, just click onto the link that will take you to my cooking blog
I found this out when I purchased this beautiful stitched piece at a junk store. It was lying underneath a few things on a table and I just happened to see a corner of it, when I pulled it up.
Someone had written on the back that it was purchased at the downtown J C Penny store in 1978.
The entire piece is so beautifully stitched
and at first I thought that is was an already stitched picture that was purchased from the store.
However, I researched and found that it was actually a stamped kit that looks like this.The company that supplied J C Penny these kits was
Paragon Needle Craft
Paragon made 127 kits from 1937-1982 and are still making kits today.
Little is known about Paragon Needlecraft except that it was in business for 60+ years selling quilt kits and different kinds of needlecraft kits thru stores such as: J.C. Penny, Sears, Macy’s, etc and catalogs, especially thru Lee Wards. The following is taken from an online site about National Media Corporation which is headquartered in Encino, CA.
National Paragon Corporation was engaged in the needlecraft business for more than 60 years. In 1984 it formed National Syndication, Inc., a subsidiary that managed a variety of specialty catalogs and mail-order businesses. In October 1985 National Paragon filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Reform Act. A year later it emerged from Chapter 11 and in November 1986 acquired Media Arts International as part of its approved reorganization plan
The one who stitched this piece so beautifully did not sign her name to it..........these are things I always look for in stitched pieces.
For years I have been looking for the right picture to hang in our dining room above the doorway . This stitched piece looks perfect for that spot.
How about you? Did you know that J C Penny once sold these kits?