Monday, January 16, 2012

E is for Embroidery -
the very first hand-crafting technique that I learned. I used to watch my grandma make 'day of the week' dishtowels and chicken scratch cross stitch aprons for sales at her church fund-raiser. The pot holder is one of the first things I stitched probably at about six years of age (causing it nearly to qualify as an antique.)
Over the years, I have taken on crewel embroidery, needlepoint, counted cross stitch - all of which have gone by the wayside in favor of quilting. Now days I usually only pull out the DMC floss and embroidery needles for embellishing quilt blocks.
The most current project (Folk Art Gathering) has a lot of that embellishment. What I have learned is to do those stitches as I go along rather than saving them to the end, when I am VERY likely to just not do them at all.

19 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I wish they had a good book for embellishing stitches, like sue spargo does in her classes. Of course I need lots of pictures.

Debbie

Rhonda said...

I like to put embroidery stitches before sewing the quilt together as well. It's much easier to do.

Juliann in WA said...

That photo at the top of your blog is making me wish for California sunshine!
Love your blocks. I have some embroidery to prep today while we wait for the next snow storm.

Dawn said...

I love your 'E' work. May just do some myself today...
Thanks for sharing your blocks they are fabulous.

Karen said...

I like the touches of embroidery on Cheri's patterns. And I do think it is a good idea to do them as you go along. Too easy to forget about doing it at all. I am anxious to work on Folk Art Gatherings but have some other projects to finish before starting.

AnnieO said...

Love that prim pineapple, Libby! Cross-stitch was my first love and I also did some crewel work but have no current projects. I've been thinking I'd like to embroider my initials on my quilts as I've seen on so many antique quilts :)

MARCIE said...

Looks like a well used hot pad. Bet you didn't know that someday it would look primitive! My grandmother taught me to embroider also and a made a set of those day of the week dish towels that I love. Again, very vintage at this point!

Jeanette said...

Your blocks are looking great! I usually like to do my embroidery after the quilt is together so I can stitch into the batting, but I can see how it would be good to do it as you go, especially because this is a big quilt. You've motivated me to start mine.

Candace said...

Oh I love your "vintage" potholder! Embroidery is one of my favorite handstiching things to do, Libby! You may find a new calling - you never know ;>)
Cheers!

McIrish Annie said...

Been thinking about folk art gathering. Found it bundled up in my sewing closet. Hope to take it out afrer my retreat next weekend. Will definitely be a finish for me this year though i probably wont bemaking all of the blocks 1 and 2 are done working on 3

quiltmom said...

My mother taught me to embroider when I was 9 or 10- she did beautiful embroideries herself and gave up many many pairs of pillowcases and pillows over the years as wedding gifts. She also made the towels of the days of the week. I recently found the pattern of some of those Aunt Martha transfers upstairs in my sewing room. They bring back happy memories..
Think of me today as you enjoy your warm weather - it is very cold here for the first time this winter - 30 C with some windchill thrown in- not quite as terrible as it sounds but cold enough for indoor recess..
Regards,
Anna

Stina said...

Hello from the cold parts in the world..:O)
Finally reading blogs again... and catching up!!!! AGAIN!!! :O) Happy belated bithday to Daisy... time sure do fly fast... pheew.. in two months my puppy will be 1 year.. amazing..:O) Congratulations to your Princess and the Intended... wonderful news to read!!! And new projects done and in works!! Wish you a wonderful new 2012 Libby!!

dee said...

Sweet little hot pad. It reminds meof my first project with my Grandmother. Made a pincushion for a gift. My flowers looked pretty much like yours but I'd love to know what happened to it.

Loving the primitive blocks. So very Libby!

Lori said...

Love your newest blocks!! Adding the embroidery as you go is a great idea.

Amy said...

How cute!

Kris said...

Hi Libby. Gaining feeling back in my limbs...oh so slowly!!!! I see you have a wedding to plan! Congrats!! Been there, done that!!
: ) Kris

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love the embroidery, especially your premier piece! I was thinking about making myself some day-of-the-week dishtowels the other day, I think your post was a sign!
(Ha!sign-post!!)

blessedmom's simple home said...

I love this. I still have the first thing I embroidered too :)I used to do a lot of stitchery, but quit at around my 3rd child. I was always getting interrupted and couldn't seem to finish projects. Now, I think I'd have trouble seeing the details of my work :) I'd need a magnifying glass!
Blessings,
Marcia

Dixie said...

I'm always amazed at what we have in common. Spent many hours at my grandma's house embroidering stamped designs on pillow cases and dresser scarves. She called it fancy work! Thanks for jogging such pleasant memories! Love all of the blocks you are working on.