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

Saturday, December 26, 2020

The end of the year....... looking forward and ahead

Here it is.....already the end of the year.  I have kept my hands busy
stitching the hours away throughout 2020.  As I look forward to this new "uncertain"
beginning of the year............I have more than a year's full of days
to keep my hands busy.  The above photo is of a 
lovey vintage dresser runner......
 with much of  the embroidery worn and missing.
I have many old pieces like this......they are still in good shape.......
and only need some new embroidery stitching added
and they are ready for another life of being used and loved
I also have a love for empty boxes.......
and have started making "scenes" out of 
each one......making "room boxes"
most of them I make to go with vintage dolls 
so that I can sell them in my shop
some doll boxes are just for collectors
and some of my scene boxes are for collectors only

but some boxes will be play boxes for little girls
as I have many little pretty vintage dolls waiting to be sold in my shop
I have many ideas for many different boxes 
and some will be made for special uses........
as in the case of this lovely vintage wood box. 
I have decorated the outside with vintage needlepoint and lace
when it is opened, the lid has sewing accessories 
accented with vintage lace, doilies, and buttons. There is enough
room in the bottom of the box to hold the project that is being stitched on.
There will also be a handmade needle book
to hold special needles during a stitching project. 
When the cold winds of January start to blow........
and the "wolf of uncertainty" comes howling at the door
I will be inside.....with warmth and a sense of peace
stitching away the worries and hours.
My prayer for you as this year ends, 
is that you will not look back, but that 
you will have much good and happy times to look 
forward to in the new year to come.
































Saturday, December 12, 2020

Seasons Greetings



Mistletoe and gleaming holly,
Symbols of a blessed day...
Louisa May Alcott, "Merry Christmas," in The Horn of Plenty, 1876


 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

It's that time of year................

 

to bring home the perfect tree for Christmas!

I cross stitched this in early September as an  early finish before the holidays. 
 Not from a vintage book, which I usually love to stitch, but this pretty design was very easy and quick to cross stitch and can be found in last year's Dec. 2019 issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine.

  14 count Lt. blue aida was used for this piece. 
Instead of framing this piece, I decided to use it for 
a wood serving tray. 



Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

 

O Infinite Father, I'm grateful to Thee
      For the moon and the stars and deep rolling sea;
      For beauties of nature, where e'er they may be...
For the handclasp of friends, so firm and so true;
      For sunrise and sunset and glistening dew;
      The fleecy white clouds and the Heavens, so blue;
      For these wonderful gifts, dear Lord, I thank you!
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, "My Song of Thanksgiving"


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

There's is comfort in hand stitching

 

the hours away, slowly in the late afternoon.
Do you agree?

Even when you are tired........or things may be heavy 
on your mind ........or heart.......
the stitches of colorful floss and the time
you have to say a prayer or sort out
the day's stress, while you stitch,  
come through in such a beautiful way. 

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there:
Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came,
And the fanning wind puffed it to flapping flame...
Francis Thompson


Wishing you comfort and peacefulness 
as you stitch the day away. 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

With the end of the year and the holiday season upon us

I have spent these days going through my fabrics
and cutting out new dinner napkins.
The present dinner napkins are looking very tired and worn.

With the help of my vintage sewing machine, 
and my supervisor, Taboo, watching over me,
I am able to quickly get the linens sewn and 
finished in a day. 
Hand stitching these would have taken forever.


However, I do like to hand stitch a decorative blanket stitch on my napkins.
They look prettier and the stitching keeps the edges lasting longer.

I managed to get a good amount of table napkins to last
for the year.



They are perfect for mix and match 

either on new dishes
or with a table set with vintage dishes.


Vintage plates seem to go with any fabric chosen
for a napkin.

I also crocheted new dishcloths........these
get very tired after a while of dish scrubbing.

It is also a great way to use up all of my scrap yarn.

Wanting to try something new, 
I crocheted, soft, cotton wash cloths

These will be perfect with a pretty bar of soap 
tucked into a basket for a gift for a friend.
However.......

 I think I am at the phase in life where
gift giving is not important.
I would rather have a chat/visit, 
an email to catch up, over a gift any day.
Sharing and catching up with friends  over a table set with pretty dishes and linens
and the warmth of friendship
just says 
"Come, Sit, Stay"







 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

OCTOBER

 

We stood at the edge of the forest,
The friend of my heart and I,
Where the sunset glow of the dogwood
Met the sunset glow of the sky.
The breath of the coming winter
Came down from the pine-clad hill;
Its shadow crept over the landscape
And over our hearts its chill.
Edith Palmer, "October Violets," c.1872