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

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Happy Valentines Day!


Who, being loved, is poor? 
Oscar Wilde
Wishing you a day of love and laughter

Monday, February 6, 2023

Along comes February


When February sun shines cold
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter slow unfold
And show the golden summer there.
~Philip Henry Savage (1868–1899)

Hello everyone........here's wishing you are having pleasant February days and 
if the cold is keeping you inside, may you have plenty to keep your hands busy
 creating.  The panel above, I tinted and then hand embroidered. The flowers for 
February in this piece are violets and primrose.
I am embroidering flowers of the month panels to place onto this room
divider.......or maybe it is a photo display?  I found this at a "junk shop"
several years ago and have been deciding on what I want to embroider for 
each section.  Which is why I decided on the flowers of the month panels.
As  you can see, I did not measure the January panel properly
and I did not want to embroider the piece again. I will dress it up
after I get the other panels embroidered.
The February days here have been an alternating run 
of ice, rain, and lovely sunny days.
So on the days I stay inside, I have a full basket of things waiting 
for me to work on. 
I have been wanting to do some ribbon embroidery,
so I tinted and hand embroidered this first,
and then worked my ribbon embroidery to embellish it.
I found this lovely illustration a good while back on the internet,
I am sorry I do not know who drew it, but I have always had
an idea in my head to embroider it.........tracing it off onto 
fabric was a bit time consuming,
I tinted just a bit of the design and let the embroidery
floss bring  the rest to life.   
And now,  I have turned my attention and my needle to cross stitch
a design that has been waiting in my stash for about 30 years.
This is Teresa Wentzler's design,  Peacock Tapestry. 
I started it last year, but, as always, I got myself sidetracked........
but now have decided to devote any free time I have to stitch
on this piece until I get it finished. So this may be all you see or hear about
from me over the next few weeks........months?
I am truly enjoying working on it and am excited about one
day being finished with it. 
So tell me, what are you keeping your hands busy with?
Cross stitch, quilting, painting........maybe gardening?
I would love to hear!