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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

are taken up with my needle.  
Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851
how about you? 
what are your scattering moments taken up with?
I would love to hear!

Monday, February 5, 2018

I have decided to bring this antique plate into a new life..............

This antique plate is from the C. C. Thompson Company, (USA)
it's pattern name is Madison.
It is  from the 1920s
When I see old plates like this.........they call out to me......."embroider my design!"
I have so many lovely plates in my collection and in
my vintage shop, 

and often customers look at them........but rarely pick them
up to really see them.  They hold so much beauty........
and history..........don't you think so? 

So...........to bring this beauty out to the eye.......
and to give it another life that it is really worthy of...........
I drew up a design and hand embroidered it,

onto  a new dinner napkin..............
to match this lovely plate. 

I designed two napkins, actually, 
because..........I have a plan!

I am currently working on a matching luncheon cloth
to go with it all.  Although I only have one plate..........
and the chances of finding a match are pretty much impossible,
this plate could serve as a serving plate or perhaps someone
can find a mix-match plate to go with it.
When I am finished with the luncheon cloth
this would be a sweet "couples luncheon set" 
for a housewarming or wedding gift.
Giving this lovely old piece a new life!

If you are interested in the history of this wonderful old USA
dishware company, here it is............
The C. C. Thompson Company originated under the name of Thompson & Herbert in 1868. The venture was backed by Josiah Thompson one of the pioneer merchants of the town. Cassius Clark Thompson (born in 1851) was a son of Josiah Thompson and Col. J. T. Herbert had been a crockery salesman for William Brunt, Jr.  Cassius Thompson was a major player in East Liverpool's dominant pottery industry and he was the owner of the prosperous pottery firm. 

About this time B. C. Simms and John C. Thompson came into the firm and it was then known as C. C. Thompson & Company. Cassius Thompson died very suddenly of heart failure, April 24th, 1905, and his son George C. Thompson came into the firm to represent his father's interests. The firm was turned into a stock company and about this time B. C. Simms and John C. Thompson came into the firm and it was then known as C. C. Thompson & Company..
Like many other potteries in the late 1800s, they produced Rockingham and yellow ware and later semi-porcelain dinnerware. It was located along the Ohio River and just to the side of the old Chester Bridge.

In the early 1920s, potteries started replacing their outdated periodic (bottle) kilns with more efficient continuous tunnel kilns. There was a time when a pottery's size was judged on the number of bottle kilns it possessed, both large production and small decorating versions. 
C.C. Thomposon had fourteen.
 The buildings were of the most substantial kind and up to date for that day in the way of equipment. Even though CCT was a larger pottery and lasted until the late 1930s, there is very little of it available to collectors today.
I hope you enjoyed this little walk though  "dishware history"
tell me, is there a plate design ( old or new) that you would love to 
have embroidered linens to match with ?
I would love to hear!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

On this project...........I find myself wondering........."what was I thinking??"

I have shown you, over a year ago, when  I embroidered this lovely 
design and also explained how to tint your design with crayons.
You can find the post here at this link

What I did not reveal, was that I placed this design 
with two others

onto the back of this white blouse.  I love to embroider shirts and blouses,
and I was making this for me to wear around in my gardens and 
on walks..........

but in middle of embroidering this design..........I thought to myself........
"why did I place this on a blouse.......when it really would have been better
on plain fabric meant for framing and hanging??" 
" will I wear this in public places??........no probably not......
people will see me as a kooky old  woman wearing this" ..........and more  thoughts like this
ran through my mind as I finished this design.

However, I finished the embroidery and the bright salmon and orange/yellow
along side the soft blues.....caused me to really like this piece.
I am still uncertain about the blouse.......
If I continue with the blouse, I will embroider the remaining mason jar
and add other designs along the front and upper body of the 
blouse.  Of course.........I could cut  the strip of mason jars and 
frame them.  It is at times like this..........that I put this piece away..........
and later come back to it.............
which is the reason I have such a large work basket of unfinished 
Also.........I am thinking upon offering my embroidery services , which means I would accept custom orders.......which I am still not sure I will be happy doing........
I have much to think about on this matter before I go forward...........
How about you?  Have you found yourself excited in starting and creating 
a new project.............to get into the middle of it and think
"what was I thinking??"
I would love to hear!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Another year of stitching, creating, and dreaming, has come to an end

and I find myself looking over at what I  finished, and 
pondering on whether I achieved all I had hoped.
Here is a glimpse back over the things I made this past year 2017
I love to embellish clothing with hand embroidery

I love to restore lovely embroidered linens that
that have had their original embroidery worn out

I love Victorian ladies and  wanted to thread paint
one with my hand embroidery

the flowering trees are so beautiful this time of year,
I had to design and embroider my own version

I love the ladies illustrated on old dress patterns,
and made a "pattern lady" by appliqueing and 
hand embroidering her 

a lovely vintage coat made me want to hand
embroider roses on it

hand embroidered dish towels and matching hand 
crocheted dishcloths took up 2 months 

of time for making Christmas gifts and items for
my shop

a lovely vintage design that I just had to embroider

I restored and made clothing for a vintage Horsman doll
for my great niece's birthday

I started hand crocheting snowflakes in October and 
finished them November to send to friends and loved 
ones in Christmas cards

for our holiday table, I gathered our backyard pinecones and 
made miniature Christmas trees out of them 
As I put the Christmas tree away, I am already focusing my 
attention on my work box.......which is waiting........over-full of things 
I want to stitch, to paint, to create...........
not sure as to what I will start to work on this new year............
Tell me, what have you accomplished this year in your dreams and creations?
What are your dreams and plans for the new year?
Farewell, Old Year! the rustle of whose garment,
      Fragrant with memory, I still can hear:
      For all thy tender kindness and thy bounty
      I drop my thankful tribute on thy bier.
What is in store for me, brave New Year, hidden
      Beneath thy glistening robe of ice and snows?
      Are there sweet songs of birds, and breath of lilacs,
      And blushing blooms of June's scent-laden rose?...
~Julia B. Cady (d.1869), "New-Year Thoughts," in Sabbath at Home, January 1870
Wishing you a very blessed new year!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.
Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!
~Norman Wesley Brooks (1923–2002), “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976

Thursday, December 14, 2017

From the backyard.........to our Christmas table

I gathered the fallen pine cones that had blown from
the trees here on the grounds and created little 
Christmas trees to decorate our table with. 

They were quick and inexpensive to make. If you would like
to do the same,  and you use your backyard pine cones, make  sure you bake the pine cones in a 250 degree oven for about an hour. ( place them on a lined cookie sheet)  
This gets rid of any bugs and sap that is inside of the cone.
----you can also purchase pine cones in a bag----
I used tiny terra cotta garden pots for the base, and just painted them with craft paint.
I then used a permanent glue......not super glue....but E6000® Permanent Craft Adhesive, 3.7 oz..
It holds the pine cone and each bead into place and dries clear  and strong.
I used craft/jewelry beads and just used a spot of glue on each pine cone

This year, for our Christmas dining, I have decided to use a vintage kitchen tablecloth
draped over our dining room table. 
It does not have a Christmas design, but the flowers in muted 
shades of red and green give a perfect nostalgic charm to the table.

I placed the pine cones straight down the middle of the table,
this way, each guest can see one,

I am using vintage dinner plates, and different homemade
cloth napkins made from Christmas fabric

as well as a few newer Christmas dinner plates. 

I also  made a few pine cone trees to sit along the back  door
window.  They look so cheery!
So tell me.............do you use a lot of linens at your Christmas table,
or is it easier to use the lovely decorative paper and plastic holiday
plates and napkins?
Do you have any great ideas in creating things from pinecones?
I would love to hear!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Do what you love,

love what you do...........
I have always loved this quote.

For me, it is hard to say just one thing I love to do
as I find myself drifting from one project to another,
I once thought that the only  thing I loved was embroidery, 
from designing embroidery from nature, 

making embroidered linens for the home
and to match vintage dishware.

but there are times, I love to make a little quilt,
work up some crochet items,

 create some mosaic work

and then there is ................. cross stitch.......
I love it all!
So I guess a saying for me would be.........
Do all that you love.......
love doing it all!
How about you?  Do you have several things
that you cannot pick favorites over the other?
or do you have just one wonderful thing you 
truly love to do?
I would love to hear!

Thanksgiving is upon us.........and I have a wonderful
large crowd to cook for!  I always love this holiday the best!
A simple time to gather with loved ones and to be grateful 
for all that we have!
Here's wishing you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!