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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Mexican Hat Coneflowers are blooming

and catching my attention 

as they sway in the breeze on the prairie grounds

how could I resist the opportunity to capture them in 
my hand embroidery?

I also gathered some seed......in hopes to get them to grow next year in my flower beds.

A good while back,  I posted my version of a zinnia in my embroidery
and .......then.......I got busy on another project and didn't finish the rest of the piece


this week, I finally finished the jar I designed it in

and finished the leaves and stem

now the piece is complete.  
As most of you know.......I love zinnias and plant large gardens of them every year.
And I love to cut and place them in mason jars for the dining table.
How about you?
Do you like flowers on your dining table?
What kind of vase do you use?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The golden glow of the late afternoon

enters the house and fills it with a calm and comfort.

Throughout the day.......I am aware of the weather going on outside.....
whether it be cold wind blowing and snow falling,
rain dripping,
or hot and muggy , with the sun baking 
the parched earth.........
no matter what the conditions........the end of the day wraps it's peacefulness
around the house and says.........
"your home" 


While going through my never ending stash......I came upon this printed piece
waiting to be stitched........

and it's one phrase summed up all that I feel when I am ready to settle down in the late
afternoon to stitch.

It's not finished yet........I still have a few flowers and leaves to 
embroider

but the words are done............
Bless.........what a wonderful word.........
it's how I feel.........blessed
Here's wishing you the same feeling!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

When I found the quote above.....I thought..."how fitting".......so why not have roses.......
instead of diamonds........around your neck?
I showed you this coat in my last post

 and decided to embroider red roses all along the front and soon........the collar.


 I decided ... to do the leaves in green..........instead of red........


I want the roses to be noticed and I think by doing the leaves in green.......it will draw the eye to the embroidery when the coat is worn........don't you think?

I still have a lot to do..........and I am not sure how much I will do. 
But I want this coat to "sing" with embroidery.
Hope this finds you happily creating in your corner of the world.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The prettiness of variegated embroidery floss

shows up really well on this shirt that I have just finished embroidering. 

To achieve the look and feel I wanted,  I stitched  with various skeins of variegated floss, cutting the strands at different color and shadings

and working the stitches in the areas I wanted certain colors to be


This is such a light and cheerful transfer and I wanted that feel in the embroidery

I embroidered the shoulder and upper arm, by opening it and  lying it  flat

so that when the shirt is worn, the embroidery will be seen both in the front and back of  the arm and shoulder, 

with one side panel embroidered in the front.  Sweet , simple,.........and pretty.
don't you think?

my next project is this somewhat "vintage" coat........possibly from the 80's but in "like new" condition...........
when I saw it hanging in a thrift store window............in the hot sun.......
It seemed to plead with me..........." I need embellishment"
It needed to be rescued before the sun ruined it.
It is made of wool with a satin lining...........if feels so soft.
Although the red typically makes it a "holiday" coat..........I am not embroidering 
traditional holiday design onto it...........no
I have a whole lovely idea forming for this pretty coat.
I hope to be showing you ...............soon
So tell me............what are you creating??

Monday, April 18, 2016

Oh, give me the country! where grass is green;
      Where the roses bloom with satiny sheen;
      Where the modest violet lifts up its head,
      As on it the warmth of the sun is shed:
Give me the country! where all is serene;
      Where the air is pure and fragrant and clean,
      And noise of the city is far away;
      Where gaiety thrives through each night and day.
God made the country, so lovely and fair!,
      Its wide open spaces for all to share;
      Where joy and contentment each one may find
      If he, earnestly, seeks for peace of mind.
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Give Me The Country!" (1940s)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Working With A Difficult Embroidery Transfer

I may stray from my needle once in a while to create something else in another medium, ............as in my last post......
but only for a short while...........
and then......I pick up my needle and do what I love the most.......
embroidery! 
This is a portion of a shirt that I am currently embroidering on for a dear friend.

I love the variety of butterflies



dragonflies

flowers, and leaves of this particular transfer. 
The fabric of this shirt is easy to embroider on............

This is also another shirt I am embroidering for my friend, but the print fabric is not so easy and not so cooperative. 


I wanted a particular rose transfer for this shirt, but because the transfer had black lines and the shirt itself is black plaid..........it was extremely hard for me to see the transfer.
If you have this same problem, but you still want to embroider a shirt ........or on fabric like this........

be very patient, sit in good light, and take a white or bright sewing thread and work a running stitch over the entire design.
( I have tried white transfer pencils, but the marks often fade away after much handling)
It takes longer to mark it with running thread, but you will then be able to see the transfer distinctly and it will stay while you handle it. 

You can then begin to work your embroidery
Depending on how you work your embroidery stitches.......you will not have to remove the running thread......as the floss will cover it........
however, if you do see the running thread through the embroidery,  carefully snip the running thread, avoiding the embroidery floss and pull out with tweezers. 

I think this came out very well 

and somewhat pretty

but as you can see, it is still not as vibrant and does not stand out as much as I would have liked it to.
In saying this.........make sure your floss colors do outshine the fabric pattern of the shirt.
So tell me.......have you ever had a difficult transfer or pattern to work with?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I have always loved rocks...............

we hardly went to the movies for entertainment, when I was young........drive in theaters were more popular than indoor theaters in the 70s for my family at that time.............
my mom and dad loved to go to lakes.........not just for fishing, but just to go and to enjoy the outdoors.
On various trips to the lakes.........or even days when they just wanted to " get away"
my brother and I would find ourselves in the back seat of the family car.......... traveling down some dusty
gravel laden back road while our mom and dad talked their usual chatter with each other,  enjoying the pleasant drive.
At least once on the back roads, the car would come to a halt and our dad would say
"let's go hunt for rocks"
This was one of my favorite times on these trips.. 
We would walk the barbed wire fenced,  hard packed road in search of  pretty and unusual  rocks,
sometimes running across a horned toad or lizard and taking time to pick a handful of blossoming wildflowers.
Once home, we would place the rocks into a flower bed/rock garden.

Those times have stayed in my heart and memory throughout all  of my years
and in different areas on the grounds here..........
there are rock gardens that I have made.........under a mesquite tree in the woods,
along a beautiful large cactus growing on the meadow........
and along the house flower beds.
I pick a few up at a time on my long walks with Sohpie ( my dog)


Sometimes I want to make things with them....
garden paths to my greenhouse and pond...........

sometimes I like to make pictures to place along the rock gardens

and lately........I have made wall hangings.
Mine.........are a little primitive.......but I don't want to copy others....

I want to make what I love......and what comes to mind. 


When I see different rocks, I start picturing in my mind, how they could be used.

You can find so many inspirational ideas on what they call
"rock art" on Pinterest or other websites.......
 and then go find your rocks........which are pretty and odd shaped 
or you can buy them, 
which have beautiful colors and uniform shapes for the perfect design
and then.......create you own things.
I love to find them, although they may not be the perfect shape for creations,
they work for what I want .
No matter on how you get your rocks...........take time to enjoy finding them and then take a really good look at their beauty.