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, February 2, 2012

Embroidery can be worked onto hard surfaces........did you know that?

Several months ago, while browsing in a store,
I came across this pretty ceramic box...........
These kinds of things always speak to me....................

" take me home............make me into something...........
lovely"........it seemed to say.
 Perhaps a lovely cross stitch flower on top........I pondered.

 the pattern was already in my mind..........

This pattern comes from Leisure Arts Magazine....Cross Stitch. I loved these magazines, didn't you?
Volume 7 Number 7, pg 8-9. designed by Diane Brakefeild.
I have always loved this particular pattern.

This little rose pattern was just a snippet pattern that a friend had mailed to me a long time ago..........I am not sure what pattern it came from or who designed it, but it is one of my favorites to cross stitch.

I affixed the top lid with cotton fabric so that I would have a foundation to sew the cross stitch onto.

and here are the results!

All ready to set on the vanity and to place jewelry in perhaps?

I wish I had purchased a few more............there are so many other pretty designs that could go on them.
What do you think?
Have you placed needlework onto a different type of surface?
I would love to hear.

**** Thank you all for your comments of support on my efforts to publish my embroidery design book in my previous post. For those of you who asked..........yes, my own designs and patterns will be in the book along with instructions on how to work the stitch technique.  I still have work to do to see it to it's completion and then there is that "publisher" issue to deal with. I will let you know as soon as it blossoms from a dream into a reality.


lil red hen said...

Very pretty!! I do hope you can get your book published! I'd love to browse through it!

Flora said...

What wonderful idea! Looks great!!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea, Kathleen...but that doesn't surprise me. I can imagine a scented bath powder made with essential oils and a powder puff inside.

papel1 said...

Beautiful work and pictures as usual. I will be anxious to see your book when done. All is well here and doing a little embroidery.

GardenofDaisies said...

These are sooo pretty!!

Marie said...

This is an absolutely delightful little box now that you have added its wonderful embroidered cover! Just beautiful! It reminds me a lot of a little box a friend made for me many years ago from a kit. I really treasure it. I need to post it and share it with everyone! Anyway, I am so happy you will be including your own designs and how-tos in the new book, and I can't wait to get a copy!

Thanks so much for your very sweet comments on my blogpost! Have a great weekend!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Kathleen:
How beautiful. I love how some people like you! are so talented and can "see" the possibilities in things.
I alas have to follow a pattern.
Good luck with your book, keep working on it.

Nicola said...

A great idea, thank you for sharing. Wishing you a good weekend x

T's Daily Treasures said...

I don't often think outside the box when it comes to design or using other materials or items to embellish. Your boxes turned out beautifully. Sending continued good wishes for success with your book. Best wishes, Tammy

Gina E. said...

A friend of mine has her blog printed at the end of every year, by one of those companies who specialise in that sort of thing. She is delighted with them, and I've been thinking about doing it with some of my blogs too, just to get some of my linen collection into print. But that is a long way from what you are planning, and I wish you luck!

Sharon said...

Beautiful, Kathleen!