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, November 17, 2015

My great niece was born just a short month ago........

                       making my sister-in-law a new grandmother. I wanted her to have something special to mark this special milestone with..............
I had a few linen...........what  are actually vintage  napkins.........but with them being so thin........I decided to make something different with them. 
I traced this bird and flowers onto one.
                       

and began my hand embroidery work............

working the cut work method that I often love to do.

On one corner, I then embroidered the phrase.......
" when a child is born......so are grandmothers"

on another corner, I embroidered the baby's name and date of birth.

I did not want to crochet and edging because I wanted it to be light and dainty.....
so I worked an edging with my needle in variegated pink thread

giving the whole piece a pretty look

and turning the vintage napkin ..........into a keepsake handkerchief
I think I will do this each time my sister-in-law has a new grand baby.
I new family tradition.......of sorts.
How about you?
What special treasures do you create for those special moments in one's life?
I would love to hear!
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10 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

The embroidery is beautiful, such an original, thoughtful idea and made with love. What could be better?

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely piece! I've never done cut work before and your work has peaked my interest. I'm interested in how you made your edging too as it is so delicate.

A beautiful gift to be cherished always.

FlowerLady

Sandra said...

Such pretty stitching on a precious keepsake. How very thoughtful of you to make and give such a personal and thoughtful present.

Miss Cindy said...

I really like what you did to just a simple napkin. Your embroidery is always beautiful! That will be a wonderful family tradition, marking such a great occasion.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is a very lovely and perfect heirloom. Your cutwork is beautiful. I have never done it. I'm with Rainey wanting to know more about how you stitched the lovely edging. Spill it Kay, how did you DO that?!?
xx, Carol

Debra said...

This is just gorgeous. I love the edging as well. It is a true keepsake, and I'm sure will be treasured.

lil red hen said...

What a treasure!! I love your cutwork! I'd also like to know how you made the edging with thread; unusual and lovely.

janice15 said...

Kathleen it's just beautiful... I used crochet baby blankets for everyone but now I just seem to not be able to get that done and so many have asked for them and everything like you said has gotten so expensive... Thus is a great idea. Happy Thursday with love Janice

Marie C said...

This is such a special treasure for her! Oh my, how beautiful! And that edging! That blew me away! What a great idea! You are so thoughtful.

letslearnembroidery said...

It's really pretty.I love the cutwork.