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!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nature is my inspiration in much of my embroidery work

A little while  a summer that was very dry and hot......this whimsical creature caught my eye

and inspired me to one day remember it is stitches.
How about you?
What inspires you to stitch......paint........or create?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

All my scattering moments

 are taken up with my needle. 

Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851

I came across this quote a few days ago.............and it made me realize........
how true that is for me.........

There are so many different things thatI have kept my needle busy stitching ..........
from old fashioned charm..........

when  I wanted to experiment with only a little bit of color..........

when I added more to the stitched picture than the design called for......

when I rescued old linens that were only partially and crudely embroidered...........
and re-worked my own embroidery on them

and restored them to a new life.  

When I put my  embroidery aside..........I would spend time making small quilts

and even cross stitched on old screen wire.

I have not counted all of the things I have stitched through the journey of my life........
but I honestly can say that almost every moment of my spare time has had a needle and thread in it.

How about you?? Have you stitched for endless hours while you are watching a movie......or.waiting for an appointment?.......
Have you used yards and yards of yarn, crocheting everything from dishcloths to baby blankets?
Or maybe you have another medium that has filled your scattering moments........
I would love to hear!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To my surprise........the little crazy quilt I made

is getting published!
I had published a  post about this little quilt I had made back in  November 2011. You can read it here at this link
I have had it hanging in my vintage shop as decoration........and have had customers wanting to purchase it......but I never wanted to let it go.  
I haven't given it much thought and was thrilled when a the publisher of  Crazy Quilt Quarterly Magazine contacted me to ask if I would be interested for it be published.
So now, the photos and article have been accepted and it will be featured in the fall addition coming out August 1, 2015!
It's funny.........even though I get to look at it any day I want.............
I can't wait to see it in print!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Vintage Crochet Pattern, A $10 coupon,

and an interesting and somewhat sad story with a recipe!  
I love vintage crochet potholders..........don't  you?

Especially those worked with thread crochet.
Some of these I sell...........if I have a match for myself........and most of them I collect.

These all are such works of art...........I feel. 
I am always in search of these wonderful vintage patterns.

Today, I have a vintage pattern to share with you for these potholders in the photo above. 
(PLEASE NOTE) this is not my crochet pattern or potholders. I was sent a copy of this through email. I can't find who the original designer is. 
The pattern will be posted at the end of this post. 

Also, I was reading through my vintage cookbooks and found a recipe from an restaurant named Yesteryear in the late 50s. As you know, this is the name of my vintage shop. This book has recipes from many restaurants and inns during that time. I was curious to know if any of these places still exist. I started researching Yesteryear first. I found and interesting and somewhat sad story that goes with this. You can read this and also get the recipe on my cooking blog

And just for you readers..........since you live too far away to visit my shop, I have created a coupon for you to visit my online Etsy shop
Just click onto the link to browse 
 when you find something that you just have to have, type in this code when purchasing YYEEH15 For purchase of $30 or more.......offer ends 4/6/15
And is the pattern for the crochet potholder

Crochet Hook: 7 or 1.65 mm hook (steel)
Yarn Weight: (0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.
The potholder is made of two identical pieces (though the color patterns need not be the same) that are joined by one more round that is worked through both pieces.  Use a size 7 steel crochet hook with regular (size 10) cotton crochet thread.

Chain 7  and join to form a loop.

Join each round by pulling a loop through and then chaining two.

Round 1 - work 10 single crochet (sc) in the loop and join.

Round 2 - work 2 double crochet (dc) in each sc (20 dc total) and join.

Round 3 - work 2 dc in each dc (actually it's really in the spaces between the dc) (40 dc total) and join.

Round 4 - in this round you establish the "corners" of the potholder where all the remaining increases will occur. Work 4 dc in the space between the first two pairs of dc and then 2 dc in each of the next 3 spaces. Repeat this four more times and join.

Rounds 5 - 14 (you can do more or less depending on the size potholder you want) - continue in the same way as round 4, always working 4 dc at each corner and 2 dc in the spaces.
When done, join, cut the thread and pull it through. Weave cut thread ends into the wrong side of the potholder to secure them and hide them. Work the other piece of the potholder in the same way, but don't cut the thread.

To join the two pieces, put the wrong sides together and work one more round in the established pattern. For this round you'll need to work through both sides, being careful that they are lined up correctly. When done, join, pull the thread through and weave in the end.

Friday, March 13, 2015

I took out a set of my vintage dish transfers

(I love old transfers like this.........don't you?)

I gathered up some of my prettiest fabric..........

and I used some of my flour sack towels.......combining them with the fabric and then embroidering the vintage transfers to match the fabric/

Much of the time, I usually embroider the dishes in a set the same color

but this time.........I wanted to try something different........

 Letting the fabric make the color choice........
and the set came out with a nostalgic vintage charm to it.........
don't you think so?
I finished the towels with a simple hand crocheted edging

making them look very vintage and sweet.

It seemed to take me forever, but I made 2 sets and placed them in my vintage shop.
 I hope my customers love them!
I am thinking about making myself a set.........or maybe I might take one set from the shop for my kitchen..
How about you?
Do you like dish cloth sets?

Monday, February 23, 2015

So many times, I try to find another use for pieces of vintage china in my shop

 pieces that are missing it's companion sugar bowl, creamer, or the all important lid to that particular piece.

Pieces that are still so pretty and still wonderful to enjoy
(I think)
They have sat for years on a shelf or in a dusty box in junk stores and sales,
until I find them........and bring them home to my 

Such is the story on this piece. It is a very vintage 1920;s  creamer, missing it's companion sugar bowl.
Hand painted, made in Japan. I have researched and have only found one antique pitcher with the same design.
One side has this house by a lake with boats sailing, 

the other side has a quaint farm scene, which captured my heart.
The only flaw is tiny chip in the upper rim by the spout.
I decided to try to find another life for this pretty piece

and added a blue scouring pad.

I then drew off a design to match the farm scene and stitched it in different shades of blue

onto a soft cotton dish towel.

I then crocheted a dish cloth is blue and white

and crocheted both dish cloth and towel in a dark blue edging.

Now the little creamer belongs to a set that is perfect for a 
quaint and vintage touch for the kitchen.......don' t you think?
I am hoping someone will buy it and take it home to use once again.

I also did the same to this little hen salt , pepper, and napkin holder.
Someone made it in ceramics in 1987......that is what it shows on the bottom.
Since she was painted in blue and has blue flowers on her, 

I found this cute hen design with flowers and embroidered her in blue on 4 vintage napkins.

Now this is also a cute set ready to be used once again!
So tell me, do you like to re purpose things? 
Old pieces of china, old chairs, or old tools perhaps?
I would love to hear!
If you want to have a good look at my vintage shop Yesteryear,
hop over to my country blog
where I have posted about it today.
Hope this finds everyone staying warm!