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, 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


Saturday, September 26, 2020

The color orange

Our first apartment, when my husband and I started our lives together,  had the color orange almost everywhere on it and in it.  We were just starting out and the apartment was very reasonable for our budget, and so the little white 2 story apartment , with very bright orange trim, became our home.  

I am not sure whether the landlord found a great deal on orange paint, or whether his interior decorator wife just loved the color, because the carpet was burnt orange as well.

Yet, it was a happy sweet home for the newlyweds, but I knew in my heart that I would never buy orange paint for anything that we would come upon later.

As the years passed, I found a passion for growing pumpkins..........mostly because of their large beautiful green leaves and the way they stretch over the grounds................then it happened.............

my first beautiful orange orb sprouted and grew and grew.  My heart was never the same!  I fell in  love with pumpkin growing and with the color of orange.
I am in awe of the shades of orange and tangerine in the 
early morning sunrise and the late afternoon sunset
I love it for decorating the dining room table
and I enjoyed every stitch in my latest cross stitch
because it had so many shades of orange.
This is another vintage pattern that I have had tucked away
with the floss, waiting for me to cross stitch.  
It is cross stitched on 14 count fiddler's cloth .
The pattern comes from a vintage Leisure Arts magazine
from 1994.
And as you can guess by now.......I love the color orange.
How about you?  Was there ever a color you at first did not 
like, and then all of the sudden, you grew to love it?
I would love to hear












Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sunday, August 23, 2020

With the hot days of August bearing down,

I have found myself content to sit in my sewing space and have let my needle and imagination take  me along cool shady paths of the Oriental Tea garden.
I have spent hours there, letting my needle make colorful and swaying trees, flowers, and grasses, in any color that I would like if I had my own tea garden space. Not always going with the suggested stitches or colors as the pattern directed.
I embroidered the house roof with a little bit of a brighter color and instead of straight stitch grass for the flower beds, I worked french knots and daisies into those spaces.
I used embroidery floss instead of the crewel yarn that came in the kit.  I like the texture and definition that floss provides over yarn. I  worked the boulders with a cotton pearl floss and I added lily pads and koi fish to the shaded part of the pond.  I added a flower bush of purple bullion stitch flowers and maroon french knots flowers to the bottom stone.

I grew quickly tired of all of the greens in the suggested pattern.  So I made the french knot pink and white tree, that was supposed to be on the other side of the bridge in place of the suggested green bush.
I also added french knot flowers and french knot greenery along the bottom of the stone.
I loved the color suggestion for the background trees, but did not want to work them in straight stitch or french knots.  Instead I worked them in what I like to call a free hand cross stitch, where I just place cross stitches throughout the design to give the tree more of a leafy look
When I saw the tree in the back ground, behind the bridge, I knew it has so much potential .  I wanted a tree to look like the ones in old paintings.   At first I thought it would be a simple weeping willow, but then I just had to add some color to make it look somewhat of a wisteria.  
This tree was supposed to be the pink and white french knot like the one I worked in the front section.  Instead, I chose to work it in colors of purple/reds.  
The suggested iris's are lovely, but I always love to see iris gardens with the soft yellow and light purple and I wanted them to look billowy.  
not to say that my ideas are the perfect way to stitch the project, but I really enjoyed the different stitch technique and colors as I worked along.
Now this once forgotten and stored away kit  has been completed.  After I finish up the stitching on the border and sign my name, I will work on getting it framed .
But where to hang it?  I have several options but have not made a final decision yet
And I have already started something new.........can you guess what it is?
Hint.......it is full of things I love about Autumn......in which I am anxious for it's arrival. 
How about you?

if you would like something crispy to enjoy visit my cooking blog for this wonderful easy and crispy cookie!  You can get the recipe at this link

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within
  Maya Angelou

**** in the photo above is a glass basket from my collection.  Feather pattern by L E Smith
I love vintage glass baskets.......do you?

Friday, June 26, 2020

My tiniest quilts yet........

I have been stitching the late afternoon hours away,

placing hundreds of stitches, by hand,  

onto layers of design, batting and backing fabric
and have finished 3 quilts. 



3 very tiny quilts.  Each one measures 7" X 71/2"

each one different and pretty with the hand stitching on front

and with that crinkle quilt look on the back

and they all came from this fabric which is close to 30 years old.
I purchased this fabric a long while back, with the intentions of 
making tiny quilts .......but along came other things in life
to keep busy with and the fabric was placed away.

I came upon it a few months ago and decided to start to working 
the printed quilts into miniature quilts. 
I will hang some for decoration, use some for the doll boxes I 
make and who knows what others can serve a purpose for?
I know that some of you are still keeping busy at home, working, homeschooling, 
parenting, and other many tasks that this time has thrown upon you,
but do you spend a little time stitching......or doing some other kind 
of creative work?  Have  you found something stashed away, years ago , and have started to work on it?   I would love to hear!


Monday, June 8, 2020

In early June the world of leaf and blade

and flowers explodes, and every
sunset is different
John Steinbeck