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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Wool Felt Applique and Embroidery

 

I spent a little bit of time looking through some amazing books
that cover the art of wool felt applique and I just
had to try my hand (needle) at it. 

I have this design from a Trish Burr embroidery book and 
thought it would be great for a wool felt applique.
I love to do applique with regular cotton fabric, however, I
have never worked with wool felt........... have any of you?


One nice thing about the wool felt is that you do not have 
to turn under raw edges.  The wool felt does not ravel.
I was also a bit apprehensive about cutting out such small pieces 
and wondering how the wool felt would hold up to the floss and 
needle during embroidery.  
I managed to cut out the small pieces and after that,
the placement and the embroidery went well!  
There are many wonderful books and supplies available for this
fun kind of stitchery if you are wanting to get started with your
own project.  
Some craft stores have plenty of books and many online websites
have books and supplies needed. 
Your fun is only a click away! 
So tell me........do any of you work with wool felt applique 
and embroidery?  
I would love to hear........and see.



Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Suddenly it is September............

 


and although summer is almost at an end, the flowers 
are still vibrant, especially the morning glory 
and the wild aster.
Here the morning glory is just beginning to bloom at it's best
and the wild prairie aster grows and blooms in large clumps all 
along the garden fence. 
When I came upon the design in the first photo, I knew
it was perfect to embroider.  I also tinted it
to make it look more vibrant. This is a month by month design..........
I acquired years ago.......but can't remember from where.
I hope to embroidered each month starting with September.
Fittingly, this piece I just finished  is titled.....
"The Last Rose of Summer" 
This is a little motif design from Blackbird Designs
and  it seems to match my little rose bush blooming 
it's last blooms until the days grow cold. 
Fall is almost here and I am sure many of you are working
on projects that have pumpkins........maybe Halloween themed
designs on them?  I would love to hear!









Sunday, August 1, 2021

A tribute........Blackbird Designs

 

As we  enter the new month of August, I cannot leave the month 
of July without a word , a tribute to Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs who 
passed away July 4th, 2021.
I felt the title of the sampler above fit for this sad time.
Barb Adams was part of the wonderful design company, Blackbird Designs,
 along with Alma Allen which started in 1999.
Over the years they have created designs for quilting and cross stitch
 loved by so many of us. 
For me, the ideas they created for all different kinds of samplers and the 
wonderful colors they chose for each pattern, is what drew me to their pattern company.
I have many of their patterns on my "stitch" bucket list waiting to be finished.
Many of you already know of this sad news.......but for those of you who do not,
here is a link with a  wonderful tribute post for Barb from her friend Alma, as 
well as a link for Barb's obituary .  This site also has links to Alma's and other Blackbird 
Design blogs for fans and information on charts and patterns.
 If you search the internet
you will find many tributes to Barb and Blackbird Designs as well. 
My sincere condolences to Barb Adams family and to Alma Allen.
 
 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021




 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

June blooms into summer

 

The days have been filled with extreme heat........bringing so many colorful flowers into bloom.  
I work in my flower beds in the early morning hours and then............
to escape the heat from outside, I prefer to let my needle create blooms with floss and fabric.

visit my cooking blog for this wonderful recipe
at this link
Wishing you gardens filled with lovely blooms!



Monday, May 24, 2021

The month of May is a time when

                                   nature really wakes up......from the wild flowers to wildlife

and everything  else that has been quiet and sleeping. 

No matter how harsh the past winter may have been,

everything comes back to life..........vibrant and lovely.

Now that the virus seems to be calmed down......all things we love to do

seems to be slowly waking back up. 

I have not spent a lot of my time with my needle to show you something stitched.

Instead, 


I have spent the past few weeks, waking up
my vintage shop.........which has been closed due to the virus.
Now that the virus seems to have calmed down, I hope to open 
to the public. Would you like a tour?
I started off by clearing things off of the floor, so that 
one can easily look at things without stubbing their toe. 
I also wanted the vintage glassware to be seen better and 
moved it to the middle table in the natural light.
As you can see, the cement floor is very worn.  It had been painted
by previous owners years ago and the paint has worn.
I chose an antique white paint for the floor and then stenciled
a design in a sage green
I left the futon/bed in the shop (on the left side of the photo)
so that if all of our children are visiting at the same time, 
there will be this extra space for them to come and rest.
I wanted the entrance in front of the door to have some kind of
rose design.  I painted an oval rug in this space.
It matches the sage green part of the wall of the shop.
The shop is full of tea cups
vintage dishware
vintage glassware
vintage kitchen gadgets

vintage cookbooks
vintage purses and jewelry boxes
and collectibles
and there are drawers and tubs full of vintage linens and crochet


The walls are also covered with needlework and paintings
One of my favorite things in the shop is this old mirror.
I had stored it away for years before I made the shop.
I just could not toss it and knew one day I would find the perfect
use for it.  
When I made the shop, my husband fixed it to the top of
an old dresser as decoration for the shop.  I have had the 
little porcelain butterflies for years and decided they would
be perfect to add to the mirror.
So now, while I wait for customers,
I will be returning to my stitching and  working with my needle. 
Do  you like vintage things?  
Do  you have a favorite shop to go roam 
and linger in? 


 If you ever
come this way.......my shop 
door will always be open for  you! 



































Sunday, April 18, 2021

It is April

 just like the droggy wild woods outside being awakened by the fresh spring rains, my creativity  has been awakened by my thoughts and inspiration of what I want to start to embroider on.........or the other things I want to get my hands busy in putting together.  Are you feeling the same?

I am not one to only super clean for "spring cleaning" .   I keep a clean house always and try to keep clutter......."uncluttered".  But I do love to go through my endless stash of things to start embroidering on and I love to re read and go through my collection of books to get inspiration to start a new project.  I had decided a while back that I would not purchase anymore fabric, embroidery floss , or yarn, until I have used up what I have.  For one reason.........I think I have more supplies than the local craft store......honestly! 
Because of the weather being pretty outside, I turned once again to my cement making and decided to make a few garden pieces.
I had noticed somewhere on the net, lovely cement spheres sitting in a landscape, and wanted to make some of my own.
I am thrilled at how mine came out.  I used cement dye for the colorful ones.

Now I am at a loss at exactly where I want to place them.
I am sure I will move these around to different places, until each piece feels like the perfect fit.
I also have stolen one of my husband's pink shirts............it is the most perfect shade of pink.  I had talked him into purchasing it, because I thought it would look wonderful on him, but, he is not a lover of pink as myself, and he did not like the way it felt.................so I was happy to claim it.  It is a bit over-sized..........but that is what I am wanting.
I am planning to wear it over a blouse, much like a light weight jacket.


 I decided to tint just a bit of the design and embroider with different hues of pink embroidery floss.  I will have more to show when I am finished. 
I finished my " Home"  embroidery.  I added lantana, hollyhock, chickens in the yard,
a sweet bluebird in the tree, and to top it off........hearts coming out of the chimney.
My children recognized it as our home right off. 
I have now only to stretch and frame it.  
I hope the fresh rain and air of spring has put spark of creative inspiration in you. 
 I look forward to hearing about the journey or process of your creative thoughts.....and seeing the many wonderful results and projects  that you get your hands busy  in creating. 





 












Saturday, April 3, 2021

Wishing you a blessed Easter

 

And as He was resurrected
On that day, so very fair,
Let our thoughts be resurrected
From wrong thinking to God's care...
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Easter" (1940s)


Saturday, March 27, 2021

All Is Well

 

We made it home late yesterday afternoon.........with Zack. It is amazing at how no one stays in a hospital after serious surgeries these days!  The doctor felt that there was no need for us to stay in Dallas with Zack at the hotel, because he would heal better here at home. Zack was very much in agreement with that . LOL  He traveled well......and instead of sleeping all the way, he chatted more.  He is the same Zack we have always known........the surgery did no damage.  We are so thankful! 
Zack has a bit of time to heal and to recover........but he is doing well.
Thank all of  you for our prayers, your thoughts and comments with supportive words.
From our hearts........we thank  you. 
Here wishing you peaceful skies and happy days

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Home

 

This is the first glance I had of  our home when we were
searching for a place out in the country to live.  ( the porch
was not as cluttered as you see in this photo) 
Something in my heart told me..........this will be the place
you and your family will live and grow for the rest of your
years.
I love the whole house, inside and out, and all of the grounds
in which my loyal dog and I wander and explore........
but the image of this front porch will forever be my favorite.
I am not the best watercolor artist, but I have always wanted 
to create a tinted image of the front porch..........
and I then wanted to embroider it and embellish the picture
with flowers that either existed or ones I dreamed would grow along 
the porch. 
   The first thing I had to embroider was my black cat.
I have had several black cats through the years.......they have always been 
dear to my heat.  Smokey, Salem...........and now
Taboo. 
And then, I started to embroider the existing Pyracantha bush and I have always wanted large pots of geraniums.......which I have never been successful at growing. 
I embroidered the leaves and berries on the existing Pyracantha
and Yaupon Holly bushes.
I have always dreamed of wisteria draping itself down
the front porch,
and there must be a large bush of antique pink and white
roses.  Which I am still in the process of stitching  
I have so much more to add..........and I have decided to title this piece
" Home"
for in just a few days........I will be longing for myself, my husband,
and our oldest son .....
to be home.
As you read this, we have since had the devastating news that our oldest 
son Zack, has 4 tumors on his brain.  One particularly large one must
be removed immediately.  
How much I want all of this to be just a bad dream that I soon awake from.............
but it is not.   We will soon be traveling, on the way to where Zack will be undergoing a long and tricky surgery within the next few days,
and we do not know what the outcome will be.
For those of you who have already known about this......
thank  you for your prayers and supportive words.
I ask that you continue to pray for Zack's surgeon and for Zack.
I do not know how long we will be gone.........so I will return here much 
later with hopefully...........happy news.
until then, take care, love all those near to you, 
and do not let one day go by without enjoying something
in it. 
Kathleen












Thursday, February 18, 2021

A Frigid and Powerless Texas

 

 I am in the middle of a project not quite finished to post here,
and as some of you know, I have a farm blog
Eggs In My Pocket........you can visit at this link  
  

 I am beyond weary after the power outage that our power company put 
us through this past few days along with all of the hardships it has 
brought to us. You can read my post at the link above.
I hope to finish my latest project and will post it here soon.
Hope this finds you safe, warm and content.

******UPDATE 2/19/2021**********

Thank you Merry Old Dame Holly and Lady Locust for your offer
to come within the comfort and warmth of your home.........that is very sweet!
And thank you all for your words of encouragement and prayers.
Today was very sunny and almost all of the snow has melted.
Our well house may be thawed and running by this weekend.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

 

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.
 Blaise Pascal


Sunday, January 24, 2021

The old year left and the new year came.......

 

.both in flakes of snow.  By New Year's day, we had 10 1/2 inches
of snow on the ground.  My little vintage shop is waiting...........
waiting for warmer days..........
waiting for the virus to end.............
waiting for me to open the doors...........

With weather being too cold and wet to work outside, 
I have spent my time going through boxes of linens to 
place in my shop.  Some of these linens are too damaged to sell
so I salvage the embroidery and crochet.........along with vintage tart pans
and I made some small pretty things from them.
Using the little tart pans and pieces of embroidered and crocheted linens,
I made some pretty pincushions.
The tiniest pieces of embroidery make pretty buttons.
With just a little bit of quilting and a small snippet of embroidery,
a plain pot holder becomes a lovely one.
There are so many things that old worn linens can become.
I hope this finds that you have had a happy beginning of the new year
and that you are filled with hope......and peace as you move forward in the days to come.
Are there any new projects you have started with this new year?
I would love to hear!