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

Monday, January 17, 2011

The dry prairie, filled with it's colors

of brown, yellow, and gold, rustles in the wind as I walk out among the tall grasses and brush.  

 It still holds such beauty to me. I love these muted and faded colors.

I found the perfect vintage design to incorporate them into!

The olive and softer greens remind me of a restaurant that I once dined in. It was made out of an old house, filled with hard wood decor and a wonderful heavy staircase with a square opening at the top. The walls were covered in antique photos and the lighting was faded much as the yellows in this design. The window frames were painted in a muted olive green, giving the whole place a homey feeling. And of course, the food was just delicious!

I have learned to appreciate all of the gifts and colors that each season has brought to the grounds. Each walk is filled with something new to see and to inspire me to stitch. How about you? What inspires you the most? I would love to hear!
Just a note about the Marghab linens I posted about in my last post. Some of you asked as to how to know if you have Marghab linens. This can be tricky if you do not have the label that used to come with them. Madeira linens are also close in the linen collection. Also, for collectors, these  linens can be faked if you do not know the patterns well. Before you purchase a "prized linen" research as much as you can about the authenticity. There are many sites that can help you with this, and there is a book about the Marghab linens, titled Perfection, Never the Less, which is full of helpful information. I hope this helps answer your questions.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

Hi there, I have been away from blogland for about 5-6 weeks, but am back and I visited your site today. I loved reading about the embroidery histroy and the things you shared. You have a beautiful style of expression. Last I knew, you were going to quit your job to devote yourself to your dream. Did you quit?