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, April 19, 2017

When I need inspiration for a design,

I have only to step a few steps outside my door
and on down the country road that surrounds the grounds........
waiting for me is a world of color...........and inspiration
I would love a blossoming tree growing in the middle of a barbed wire fence.........
but I do not have one growing here............yet.


Instead, this mesquite tree which  has been here for years.....in front of my vintage 
linen and dishware shop......has just the perfect look..........
with it's turned trunk and swirling limbs..........
it does not blossom

down the road, the ranchers barbed wire fence has cactus and wild berry bushes
growing in between the strands of wire. It is amazing to see how these wild plants 
adapt to their restraint of the barbed wire. 
With inspiration in my mind and heart......I headed home to find my needle. 
I sketched the tree and the barbed wire fence..........then


I embroidered dozens of little lazy daisy stitches in a pretty
plum/purple color.  I had thought about using a long and short stitch for the trunk,
but sometimes, this stitch takes away from detail and it also looks heavy.
I wanted the trunk and limbs of the tree to have detail and texture. 
I decided to stitch the trunk this way instead........it fills it in, yet gives it enough 
space for detail.

I wanted the tree to look as if it has grown in between the wire. I had wanted the wire
to be darker, but I needed it to show up on the trunk and fence and chose a light silver instead.
I also wanted flowers along the ground.........and petals from the tree scattered on the ground

and now it's finished.  Not sure what I will do with this piece.........
but for now.........I have a blooming tree in the middle
of a barbed wire fence!

Friday, March 31, 2017

I have collected vintage glassware for years........

a lot of it, I sell in my vintage shop......
but there are particular things I collect.......and hang on to.
a few weeks back, my husband and I were rummaging through a 
vendor's junk table at a flea market about  100 miles away from our home.
On the table covered in thick dust......filled with old scissors, eye glasses and other
rusty objects, was this beautiful cut lead crystal vase.


I love the design these old pieces have in them!
The vendor only wanted a few dollars for it.....I hugged it in glee
as I had her wrap it up for me.
I bought a few more things.....enough to fill a small box
and away we went back home. When I got home.....I was saddened
to find that the vendor forgot to place my vase in the box. I never
thought about checking before I left.  
With only paying a few dollars for it.......I did not make a fuss about
trying to go back the next day.........100 mile trip....... to see if I could retrieve it.
But I still had it on my mind.  My husband.......who is a wise and caring soul about 
things like this.....suggested we go back and see if they might have held it for me.
So away we went.......another 100 miles. 
We returned......and on the vendor's table was my vase.......cleaned and glimmering in the
day's sun.  Of course she recognized me.....apologizing.......not thinking I would return.
How very lucky I felt to be able to get it!
So I happily carried it away with me..........to home.......another 100 mile trip

So after 400 miles...........and with my rose bushes heavy with blossoms, 

I am enjoying this beautiful vase.....filling it with colorful
inspiration.......and scent

as it sits on my work table, where I can enjoy it as I stitch 
the hours away.  
So........tell me.......
do  you have a favorite vase that you keep your cut flowers in?
Did it once belong to your mother........grandmother?
Did you sweetheart bring you a beautiful bouquet in one?
Do you have a great story for yours?  
I would love to hear!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Raphael Tuck & Sons lady has been embroidered.............

as most of you have read from my last post..........
I decided I would try to embroider this Victorian lady............

and so..........I carefully worked.......stitch after stitch

and finished her last night

The design is about 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" .  I always name my pieces........so 
introducing
 " Clara Rose"

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Although my work basket is full

of the various embroidery projects I have already started and am in the middle of stitching........
I have decided to ..........and I say very seriously......"attempt"  
to embroider this lovely Victorian lady. 
This is one of Raphael Tuck & Sons prints/postcard.
I discovered Raphael Tuck & Sons a little while back , and was 
captivated with the images of lovely Victorian ladies, with their large hats, adorned with roses..... and then there are the sweet children ......little girls and babies ...dressed in pinafores......surrounded with flowers.  
 I have always loved the Victorian rose and floral images for as long as I can remember...........
but now........my attention is on the ladies, with the large flower covered hats. 
 What caught my heart the most......is the soft colors used to create these beautiful images. 
I have not worked the stitch concept out yet..........but I have picked out the color of floss that closely matches the picture.
When I come back here........in a few days........weeks???  I hope to have a stitched 
photo to show you.
So.........how about you? Do you love Victorian era art......or images?
What is your favorite?  Roses, floral.......or ladies and children?
I would love to hear!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I only had a glimpse of two things hanging from a box ......at an estate sale

and knew instantly that this piece had to go home with me...........
I first saw a glimpse of this incredible pink embroidered flower,

and the hand crocheted lace edging hanging over the edge of the box...........
with a sign........that read
50 cents each.  

As I pulled the piece out of the box, I was saddened to see this large hole

and other holes worn in one area

and the leaves...........beautiful, but the embroidery decayed off.
As I held the piece up, another lady, who was behind me, commented
"that  cannot be used.......it is ruined"
but you all know me well...........I was thrilled to put it in my pile,
and away it went home with me.

The piece is made of linen........and I was able to find , in my stash,
the same weave and color of linen for the hole repair.

I spent a few days, hemming, trimming and sewing in place the pieces
of linen to cover the holes

Looking closely, one can see that there is some kind of difference in the surface,
but all of the holes are covered and the whole section is sturdy and complete

The pink embroidered flowers by the way...........had no wear.........it was only the green embroidery on the leaves for some reason.
I tried to match the green floss closely and spent the rest of the week embroidering over the 
worn leaves

and now they all look crisp and new

The design on this piece is lovely...........

now it is a beautiful 25" X 25" square table piece..........ready to be enjoyed again.

To think that it could have easily been thrown away after the sale........or used for a rag...........
it now has been 
repaired, restored, and re-loved!


Monday, January 23, 2017

My latest embroidery stitches

have landed on a shirt..........which I am selling in my shop.
The shirt is newly purchased........still has it's tag............
I love wild roses and chose this design because of the light and airy look of the flowers and leaves.

and I incorporated butterflies in 

and out of the roses. 

Now it is finished

and ready to be worn........by someone........
If you would like to be that someone......
you can visit my shop at this link

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It was wonderful to read all of your comments in my past post

about what you do when  your husbands get to retire! 
I am now in the middle of a larger project.........that will take a few more stitches 
and a lot more time.  In the meantime, it you glance over at this photo 

on your right.......and then click onto it.......
or click on this link    My Handmades
it will take  you to my " gallery" of my embroidery 
that I have completed.
Lots and lots of stitches across the hours of time!
Most of the embroider I have worked, has either been given away or sold......
so 
I'm not using it as a blog........more of an eye candy......reminder..... where I can 
look over what I have already stitched and to get ideas to 
make something different.
How about you?  Have you stitched............painted......created..........and then given 
most of it away?  For Christmas......birthdays.........friendship gifts?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I have often heard from others ..........when their husbands retire,

their needlework drops drastically because their husband
keeps them "busy".

my husband was forced to retire when his place of employment
closed it's doors..........
During the time he worked.......he worked long hours
and did not spend much time in front of the television.
Now that he is home .......he has learned how to " enjoy" his free time and has discovered  friends from his past..................
John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, The Lone Ranger.....
and countless more...........
He can spend hours.......sitting in the same pose........starring at the screen.
which gives me a lot of time to do my stitching.
I have started stitching some designs that I have stitched in the past
and am not sure what I will make of these as of yet.

 I stitched this little teapot
and have started another set of these on tea towels......


and I decided I want to make another little "crazy quilt" using my candle design that I 
had created a while back.
While bullets are zinging and arrows are flying in the living room, 
I am in my studio........stitching away.
How about you?  Do you have more time to stitch......or create.......... now that your 
husbands have retired.......or are you busy doing all of the things 
you want to do together?








Saturday, January 7, 2017

My embroidery pattern is finally for sale!

For the longest time I have been designing and working up patterns for a book
and many of you have asked me for this particular rooster pattern,
well now it is available!  Not a book deal yet, 
however I am designing and selling my patterns at this link
 in my Etsy shop 


There are many things you can make from this design........tea towels, placemats, and potholders......as I did in this photo.  I am planning and designing a lot more patterns.......
I hope you all might enjoy!