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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A few years ago...........and a few miles down the road from our home

a large patch of lovely wild, pink, primrose were
growing and blowing in the wild Texas wind......
right on the corner of a worn country road.
I just had to have a few for my flower bed at home! 

One day, while they were still blooming, 
my husband and I went........with a shovel, and a pail 
of wet, soggy, paper towels.......and dug a clump of 
these up.  

Now, every year, they sprout up .......
with the patch growing larger and more lovely...........
 the peaceful worn out country road , where they had been dug up from,  has become a 
heavily traveled road with oil and refinery trucks growling 
their way back and forth.  
The lovely patch of flowers that once grew there
are gone.........killed by the heavy traffic and turmoil 
of the hot road.
I am so glad that  I save just one small clump! 
I walk out each morning.......and see them.........and smile
with the memory of my patient husband helping me
to dig them up .

These lovely flowers, inspired me to  embroider a southern belle 
in her lovely flower garden.......hoping one day
I might have has many pretty flowers in mine!

I think it is actually illegal to dig up wildflowers along the highway........
but this was once a peaceful country road..........in the middle of nowhere.........
and when we pass by that same spot...........now so barren and hard packed............
I think my husband and I are the only ones who knew that
 lovely primrose once grew there.
Who knows how long these flowers will live in the garden here...........I hope at
least until I have passed on.
How about you?   
Do you ever see pretty flowers on a long lost country road
and dig up or pick a few? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The fields and the prairie here are filling up with wildflowers......

giving me much inspiration for my embroidery work. 
A large majority of these flowers are daisies. 
There are several different types of daisy in yellow,
and there are several different types of daisy in 
These are call ox-eyed daisy because of their large centers. 
They have a broad type petal.

These are longer and taller daisies with large button
like centers and slender white petals. 

and I am always drawn to these very tiny white daisies that are only a 
few inches high and the flower is only about the size of a large match head.
They grow in large sprawling clumps along the ground and 
look so cheery. 

So  I decided to work them into my embroidery .
I usually stay away from white thread floss for flowers,
but this really worked for this flower basket.......
don't you think?

There are also other colorful wildflowers growing in 
in abundance and at this moment the air is filled with
their fragrance. 

What is better ......than to take a long walk with the one you love
and to be given a bouquet of wildflowers??
How about you?
Do you have wildflowers popping up around you?
What is your favorite?
I would love  to hear?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This is the day and time

when email and texting is more convenient, cheaper, and much more faster
than sitting down with paper and pen to keep in touch with 
those we love. 
However, I still have a tiny amount of friends that I exchange letters with
and no matter what...........I still love to send a card ..........
in the mail........to those who are special to me
and who are having a important day or event happening 
in their lives.
Along with a card, a letter or short note.......
I sometimes like to put in a little surprise to give
some extra "cheer".

Sometimes it might just be a bird feather or a pressed flower that 
I have found on one of my walks........
or sometimes it is a little handmade embroidered bookmark, or crocheted 
snowflake.  And now......
I am making these tiny little  coaster doilies.

Where I came up with the idea to work on these is from the 
large stash of coaster/doilies that a dear friend gave
to me a while back.  They had been in a box in storage 
and some were heavily stained. I spent some time soaking and 
laundering until they came out nice . 

Some have crocheted edging, some with battenburg lace edging, and 
all in different shapes and sizes.  Some have just plain fabric centers
and some have white embroidered scrolls along the edges of  the centers.
But what to do with them??? There are so many! 

Then came my idea to embroider cheerful small motifs in the centers
to place with the card in an envelope to send 

a little cheer along the way!

These sweet little pieces have so many different uses..............

pretty as little coasters to dress up any table............

perfect to place dishes or vases on...........

and pretty for a vanity.
 I have so many that I will make enough 
for those special people on special occasions.........
and I am also going to make a few sets for my Etsy and vintage shop
for those who also want to send along a little cheer!

Spring is here and flowers are starting to show themselves in my gardens. 
So I leave you with this thought in the above photo 
and send my wishes for warm pretty spring days! 

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!