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, March 24, 2023

Windy March


has allowed me much time to stay indoors to stitch
the hours away.
At the moment, I have several projects in the 
workbasket.  I change from one project to another
on different days.  One day I cross stitch, another day 
may find me crocheting, and then there is always the 
call from my embroidery needle to stitch. 
So tell me.........
what are you keeping your creative hands busy doing?
Embroidery, quilting, crochet, painting? 
I would love to hear!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Happy Valentines Day!


Who, being loved, is poor? 
Oscar Wilde
Wishing you a day of love and laughter

Monday, February 6, 2023

Along comes February


When February sun shines cold
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter slow unfold
And show the golden summer there.
~Philip Henry Savage (1868–1899)

Hello everyone........here's wishing you are having pleasant February days and 
if the cold is keeping you inside, may you have plenty to keep your hands busy
 creating.  The panel above, I tinted and then hand embroidered. The flowers for 
February in this piece are violets and primrose.
I am embroidering flowers of the month panels to place onto this room
divider.......or maybe it is a photo display?  I found this at a "junk shop"
several years ago and have been deciding on what I want to embroider for 
each section.  Which is why I decided on the flowers of the month panels.
As  you can see, I did not measure the January panel properly
and I did not want to embroider the piece again. I will dress it up
after I get the other panels embroidered.
The February days here have been an alternating run 
of ice, rain, and lovely sunny days.
So on the days I stay inside, I have a full basket of things waiting 
for me to work on. 
I have been wanting to do some ribbon embroidery,
so I tinted and hand embroidered this first,
and then worked my ribbon embroidery to embellish it.
I found this lovely illustration a good while back on the internet,
I am sorry I do not know who drew it, but I have always had
an idea in my head to embroider it.........tracing it off onto 
fabric was a bit time consuming,
I tinted just a bit of the design and let the embroidery
floss bring  the rest to life.   
And now,  I have turned my attention and my needle to cross stitch
a design that has been waiting in my stash for about 30 years.
This is Teresa Wentzler's design,  Peacock Tapestry. 
I started it last year, but, as always, I got myself sidetracked........
but now have decided to devote any free time I have to stitch
on this piece until I get it finished. So this may be all you see or hear about
from me over the next few weeks........months?
I am truly enjoying working on it and am excited about one
day being finished with it. 
So tell me, what are you keeping your hands busy with?
Cross stitch, quilting, painting........maybe gardening?
I would love to hear!

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Along Comes Jaunuary


" Winter does her own pruning. And I think that, as the new year begins, 
I might well do some pruning in my own life, keeping the essentials, the real values, 
and letting go the part that is no longer contributing to the growing time of my 
                    Gladys Taber

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Christmas day is almost here...........

and in just a few short days after that, this year will be
at it's end.
 Another year will greet us with  new things to stitch,
new craft techniques to learn, and new projects finished.
At this moment.......much of us throughout our country, are
weathering extreme cold days and nights.
Here's wishing you warmth and comfort , 
with plenty of great things to stitch as the cold wind blows the hours away. 
Stay safe and warm

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

A little paint....a bit of floss....and a sweatshirt


The November days are growing chilly......and I wanted to make
for myself a comfortable sweater.  Thinking upon a design for the sweater, 
I only had to turn to the beauty of nature at this time of year...........
I love to make sweaters from sweatshirts.  I usually stencil
paint a design onto the sweatshirt, but this time, 
I used a hot iron transfer and hand painted the 
leaves and design
then I embroidered the design
The paint ran in a few spots....but in time it will eventually 
fade with the laundering.
I made the design to run along the neckline and down just 
a bit on one front half, 
and on one lower half of one sleeve,
and I finished the front edges with a buttonhole stitch hem.
It turned out vibrant and pretty.
It is comfortable to wear.........not too hot and heavy
and warm enough against the chill.
So tell me.......what are you in the process of creating?
Here's wishing you lovely autumn days ahead with
a wonderful Thanksgiving full of 
memorable moments.