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

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022

James Wild Rose

 Spring is here, and I think most of us associate spring with 

lovely blooming flowers and the often garden favorite..........the rose.

In my shop are many vintage plates with rose designs.
One particular design I love is from a vintage platter,
from the Edwin Knowles china company and 
the design is known as James Wild Rose.
I can't resist purchasing these old beauties to place in my shop


and I especially wanted this piece just for the sole purpose
to create the design for embroidery
I love the grayish leaves along with the green
I have a project in mind for this piece, and if all works as 
well as I hope, I will show you the results in a few weeks.
Easter is here and I hope this finds you having 
lovely spring time weather and preparing for a 
wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter!












Sunday, March 27, 2022

My latest finishes

I have long wanted to work this quilt pattern into
a table runner instead of a quilt.  I found this pattern a long
while back in a library book..........long before we had home
computers and large book stores. 
I photo copied the pattern
page at the library, knowing that one day I would use it for the 
table topper I could envision in my mind. 
I found the cutest bee themed fabric at the fabric store the other
day and knew that it would be perfect for the hexagon block in the center.
I am thrilled that my idea worked out the way I had hoped!

I also finished the "Red Garden Sampler" I have been working
off and on for months and am very pleased with how it looks
and I have finished making a few sets of crochet coasters
to sell in my shop.
I found the sweetest boxes for the set to fit in.
My needle and hooks do not stay idle for long, as 
I am already in the middle of working on another project.
So tell me everyone..........what are you keeping your
hands busy with?  I would love to hear!






 


 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bloom

 

Stay strong through your pain
grow flowers from it
It has helped me grow flowers out of mine,  so
bloom beautifully,
 dangerously, 
loudly, 
bloom softly,
however you need, just bloom
                              Rupi Kaur


Saturday, December 11, 2021

I have stepped out of my comfort zone

 

I usually crochet the round type doilies and I usually only prefer
to use white or light color thread.  I have learned to crochet the round type doilies and am comfortable
that when I start a new doily......it will turn out the way I hope. 
But this time, I wanted to "experiment" .....to broaden my horizons......
to learn how to make motifs and then learn how to correctly crochet them
together to make lovely scarves and tablecloths.
I also decided to use red and green crochet thread.
( I noticed I did not lay it flat enough in the photo....the bottom corner would be even)
This is a 1944 pattern and it was a good one to start with to learn the technique I was wanting.
I am not at liberty to share this pattern, but there are many in old booklets and on the internet that '
if you wish, you can find .  
I will leave you with this link to a wonderful crochet web page, full of 
crochet history and such.
Christmas time is upon us and the last days of this year are winding down
There is much I hope to achieve within  the new year that is to come........
new techniques.....new projects completed.
Here's wishing you a joyous and merry Christmas! 

So remember while December
Brings the only Christmas Day
In the year let there be Christmas
In the things we do and say
Wouldn't life be worth the living
Wouldn't dreams be coming true
If we kept the Christmas spirit
All the whole year through.
~Author unknown, c.1962
visit my cooking blog for the recipe for this creamy chicken dish
you can find the link here 








Friday, November 19, 2021

Colonial Garden

 

Life is a garden, not a road We enter and exit through the same gate. 
Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice.
                                               Kurt Vonnegut

****design comes from a vintage 1988 Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine. 
Titled "Colonial Garden" 
stitched this month on 18ct white Aida .  

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Baskets of "Pretty"

 These early November days have me gathering my yarns  and heading out to the patio where the sun has just the right warmth and the day holds just the right light to work some crochet stitches with my hook.


Here,   I can linger and spend much time as I work the stitches, feeling the light breeze, watching the last of the butterflies and bees fluttering and buzzing in and out of the summer's remaining  flowers.   
They seem to know as well as I , that soon , these petals of beauty will be gone and there will be a long stretch of cold before they return.


 
The day ends in early darkness this time of year, and I spend the late afternoons inside my stitching nook,  turning bits of scrap fabric into little items for my vintage shop.  It never ceases to amaze me at what all can be created by one little scrap piece of fabric.  One only needs to research the internet these days to find a bounty of inspiration.
As I stitch, my thoughts are upon, the holidays , that ,although I have had a whole year to be prepared for, they seem to rush at me faster these short few weeks.  There are still outside things to be done, .........garden spaces to be cleared, seeds and bulbs to be planted, and the final things to do in the greenhouse. Best of all........it is the most wonderful weather to enjoy all of these things. 
Tell me, are you busy creating special gifts for loved ones for Christmas? , are you gathering ingredients for those wonderful family gathered meals?  In all of this busyness........are you taking time to enjoy these slowing down and lovely days?
Here's wishing for you pleasant and peaceful days.