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, March 24, 2018

This is the day and time

when email and texting is more convenient, cheaper, and much more faster
than sitting down with paper and pen to keep in touch with 
those we love. 
However, I still have a tiny amount of friends that I exchange letters with
and no matter what...........I still love to send a card ..........
in the mail........to those who are special to me
and who are having a important day or event happening 
in their lives.
Along with a card, a letter or short note.......
I sometimes like to put in a little surprise to give
some extra "cheer".

Sometimes it might just be a bird feather or a pressed flower that 
I have found on one of my walks........
or sometimes it is a little handmade embroidered bookmark, or crocheted 
snowflake.  And now......
I am making these tiny little  coaster doilies.

Where I came up with the idea to work on these is from the 
large stash of coaster/doilies that a dear friend gave
to me a while back.  They had been in a box in storage 
and some were heavily stained. I spent some time soaking and 
laundering until they came out nice . 

Some have crocheted edging, some with battenburg lace edging, and 
all in different shapes and sizes.  Some have just plain fabric centers
and some have white embroidered scrolls along the edges of  the centers.
But what to do with them??? There are so many! 

Then came my idea to embroider cheerful small motifs in the centers
to place with the card in an envelope to send 

a little cheer along the way!

These sweet little pieces have so many different uses..............

pretty as little coasters to dress up any table............

perfect to place dishes or vases on...........

and pretty for a vanity.
 I have so many that I will make enough 
for those special people on special occasions.........
and I am also going to make a few sets for my Etsy and vintage shop
for those who also want to send along a little cheer!

Spring is here and flowers are starting to show themselves in my gardens. 
So I leave you with this thought in the above photo 
and send my wishes for warm pretty spring days! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

All my scattering moments..................

are taken up with my needle.  
Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851
how about you? 
what are your scattering moments taken up with?
I would love to hear!