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

Friday, January 7, 2011

Some might think,

 that since I have quit my job, that my mornings are spent snoozing in bed....................and honestly..............I tried that....................., but somehow, my internal clock is set at 5:00 AM and I find it hard to go back to sleep. Have you found yourself feeling the same way?   So I eventually get up and have the outside animals released from their shelter, everyone fed and watered, and then, my morning rituals out of the way...........and I am usually stitching by 6:00 AM...................
bliss....................


I really think it is the fact that I wake up and realize that the flowers I have drawn onto linens the night before are waiting for me to bring them to life with my needle and thread. I'm serious....................I can't wait to go through  the pile of floss in their many colors and to pick out the right ones for the day's work,  and to run my fingers over the textured embroidered stitches..............there is just nothing like this excitement I feel................do you feel that way about what you are creating? I hope so!  I have finished a set of pillowcases in the above photo,  they need to be pressed, and then

 all that is needed, is a pretty crocheted edge on the bottom of each one.This vintage design is so sweet that I am finding it hard to let this set go.  
I have also been stitching this vintage design...................

onto something that I am not ready to show to you yet,

but I just love the way it has turned out...........don't you? I stitched eyelets in the ribbon...............so pretty!
My stash of unstitched linens is slowly turning into my stash of stitched linens. I am hoping by the end of this month, I will have a good amount to put into my Etsy shop. The days are getting warmer and the tug of spring planting is pulling at me. I have worked some days out in the green house and have left my stitching for the early morning and late evening hours. 
How about you? Are you finding yourself more time to create in the day time or at night? I would love to hear!

6 comments:

Sharon said...

Please let me know when you list things in your Etsy shop. I love hand embroidery. I have an Etsy shop (MyThreeCorgis) and sell machine embroidery.

staci said...

Your pillowcases are divine! I completely understand having projects that you can't wait to get out of bed to start on!

Gina E. said...

Your embroidery is exquisite as always, Kathleen. I am not a morning person as a rule; it takes me a while to get going - exercise routine, feeding pets, having breakfast, getting dressed, making the bed....all of a sudden it's nearly lunchtime! Mind you, this is only since I retired - when I was working I was much faster in the morning!
I can relate to your excitement about starting a new project - I love fondling my stash of floss too, choosing the colours and laying them out to see how they look together.

Thendral said...

Lovely!!!

vaheeda said...

what a beautiful embroidery....I am a fan of ur vintage hand embroidery linens...I saved this image for future works....

Marianne said...

Yes, Kathleen, I can feel what you're talking about, and I can't wait for the day when again I can spend my early mornings creating - my time my own. Like you I would never be bored at home. Always something to create - to find joy in.

Just catching up on your wonderful posts.