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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is there a last stitch at the end of the needle??

Well, yes..........probably,
if I would stick to stitching on one project at a time........
instead of 3 ......or more.

Don't worry, you are not seeing double......well in a way, you are.
I started these "flower of the month" a long time ago. I am stitching two sets at a time, on a large cloth, because I want to sell one set in my vintage shop and I want to keep a set for myself.

So I pick a day of the week, and devote it to stitching on this project.

Another day of the week,
 I focus my stitching on this vintage tablecloth that I found a while back in a junk store. It also has a few holes that I am repairing a long the way.


There are only 4 motifs, which were pre- printed on this cloth
one in each corner..........
and I decided to stitch them in different colors ........

because of the different dishes I have.

I am almost through with this motif and have only one more motif left to stitch.

On another day of the week, I work on 
 another wonderful tablecloth that I found in a junk store. 
It is linen and  4 napkins to match. 
I used a morning glory design for each corner
and since the cloth has lavender and  purple on it,
I am stitching lavender and purple morning glories on it. 

Many of you might remember me posting about this shirt......
which I call my garden shirt.

I embroidered the pocket on the outside and a little bit on the inside to make it look like the flowers were spilling from the inside of the pocket.

So yet, on another day of the week..........
I have been working a large panel of morning glories across the shoulder and dipping down the front and a little down the back

and going down the top shoulder of the sleeve.  This is taking me longer, because I am still deciding what I want on the shirt and where I want to place the design. 

and in between all of this............I make pie.........what could be better??
This is a Cherry Crumble Pie.
If you would like the recipe just click onto this link
and it will take you to my cooking blog.
So maybe in a while I will be able to show you 
the last stitch at the end of my needle..............
however.............
in all honesty............I don't ever want to see the last stitch of my needle.............
I want to stitch up until my last breath.........
How about you?
Is the last stitch in sight for your projects?
I would love to hear!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Her name was Laverne.............

and she kept her fingers busy..........working beautiful pieces of needlepoint.
I found this information about her from the estate sale lady who contacted me about these beautiful pieces of needlepoint. 


Each piece 

is perfect and beautiful.


She also hand embroidered...lovely runners.........

and dresser scarves.........

her choice of floss color is so cheerful and vibrant..........


I also found other beautiful linens at another sale, 
still in the box.......unused.........

is a large rectangular light pink damask  tablecloth with 8 matching napkins.........

and another, in it's box.......unused.......

a pink Irish linen rectangular tablecloth with 6 matching napkins............. 



and more hand embroidery. 

The drawers in my shop are overflowing with lovely linens.........
waiting for someone to take them home to enjoy.........

I  have always thought that I would like to try my hand at needlepoint........I have a lot of pattern books, and some canvas and yarn............but I have never yet picked it up. 
I think it is because I prefer floss over the yarn because of the color variation I can get from embroidery floss.  That is why I love cross stitch. 
Is there any one out there........of  you wonderful readers.........
who works needlepoint?
If so, what kind of yarn do you prefer?
How long does it take for you to finish a piece?
What do you do with the piece when you are finished?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All my scattering moments...........

are taken up with my needle. 

Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I was given a push by Mother Nature

to get back to work on my mosaic projects......
A wild visitor broke one of my favorite tea cups...........
you can read more about this on my country blog

and I decided to create a mosaic tea cup from the broken pieces and I was even able to incorporate the teacup handle as well.
This is a plant dish that I actually made from cement
It has a flat surface for the mosaic and has these little wiggly feet for the bottom so that the dish stands up off of the ground.




And now instead of plain and dull cement, it has a pretty and decorative surface.
don't you think?

Since I had all of my mosaic supplies out, I decided to finish my first piece that I have posted about a while back.  It is also a planter dish made from terra cotta

and I placed some of my most loved pieces of broken china into it.

and it is very pretty holding my plants..........don't you think?


Another one of my cement creations is this fish and I usually use them as stepping stones for my pond path

but I decided to use some decorative glass rocks for the body,
 and  broken china for it's top fin

and for it's gills.

I used the broken scalloped edges of plates for it's tail

I wanted the face to still have a more 'fish look" and just painted it and placed a glass rock for the eye.

Now it lies in my garden making it whimsical and cheery.
How about you?
What little things do you like to add to your gardens?
A scarecrow..........or maybe whimsical figurines?
I would love to hear!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Close your eyes.........

 and see the beauty.
 Author Unknown

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In many of my posts, I have often asked

"what was the seamstress thinking on as she was stitching away at a project?"

For me this week...............I am thinking about Salem
Rest in peace....sweet cat........I miss you.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I have a large embroidery piece that I am still in the process of stitching


and am not ready to show you yet, however, I do want to show you something that I have been working on. Over the years, wonderful people have been giving me vintage crochet pattern booklets.........which I love to collect.........along with boxes of half used crochet thread of all size and colors.  Some have just a small amount of thread left, while others have hardly been used at all.  I love to crochet with small threads.........but what do I do when I only have a small amount of a thread of a certain color or size?? and when I can't find a match to it to make a larger project??

I crochet the small blocks/motifs  shown in the pattern books.......in the first photo , this one is shown in the bottom left corner.  It is small enough to be able to crochet and to finish in just a day.............plus it's a great way to learn more in my crochet skills.  But what do I do with all of these mix match motifs??
The idea came to me a little while back after finding this beautiful piece in a junk store. Someone crocheted  it beautifully and then it was placed between two pieces of glass, sealed, and fixed to hang on a wall.............


or in a window...........isn't this beautiful??
So that is what I am planning to do. 
 I will get glass cut to accommodate the motifs I make and  frame them.   



I have a lot of inspiration and patterns to keep me busy for a while. 
How about you?
Do you like thread crochet?..........or crocheting with yarn better??
What do you do with the little amounts you have left after you are finished with your project?
I would love to hear!