When I was about 6 - 7 years old.... my Grandma Crane taught me how to do a few basic stitches.
As time went on and I was ready to learn more stitches...I would ask my mother and she would show me how.
I remember how skilled I felt when I learned to do the lazy daisy stitch...it became my favorite stitch to work.
I embroidered all kinds of things like little gifts for my friends and family but most of all I remember making things to decorate my bedroom.
As I got older and went to High School...the principal gave me permission to make and sell embroidered pillows in the gift shop.
I used Blue and White gingham fabric (our school colors) and embroidered a big letter "B" (for Bingham) using the chicken scratch or hopscotch stitch in white.
Then I used more gingham in a smaller scale and sewed a ruffle around the edges of the pillow and finished it off with a bow in the top corner out of blue satin ribbon....I sold alot of those pillows....lol...and I guess that was the seed planted for my designing and selling career:)
I loved having the freedom of just a needle, scissors, colorful floss, hoop, fabric and a drawing to create a work of art.
I usually had my current project with me wherever I went..I even took my stitching to school with me...and I often took my embroidery along on Saturday afternoons when it was my turn to herd the sheep!
Please tell me I wasn't the only crafty/sew-ey geek in grade school!...any of you?
At home, we always had an abudance of patterns that I could choose from.
My mother had several, both of my grandmothers along with all of my great aunts had several...and all of them lived nearby.
Some of them were Aunt Martha's patterns and several of the same ones are still available today. You can find them here.
Today for Vintage Monday I thought I would show you a set of Days of the Week kitty's that I finished (a long time ago...making them purrfect for vintage monday...haha) and are waiting to be put into a quilt....you know that I just love embroidery and quilt blocks together...so vintagey cute.
Well...little Miss Kitty certainly was busy every day of the week...(except Sunday:) What do you think? Did she bring back any memories for you?
I still have an embroidery project of some kind going...and my favorite patterns to work are the old ones.
I buy yardage of good cotton fabric for the background and cut it into squares (always about 3" larger than my frames)...zig-zag the edges to stop fraying while I'm working on them and then I always have a piece ready to trace a pattern on to!
As a girl...I learned by using a hoop but years ago when these Q-snap frames came out...I bought a set and have used them for embroidering ever since. I love them!
I love the way that they help my work stay nice and neat.
They don't pull, tug or distort my embroidery...and the sides easily snap on to hold my work in place.
The edges are larger than a hoop making them easier to grip while working the stitches.
If you havn't tried them...I promise you'll love them when you do!
Just in case you are wondering... You can purchase them online here. Pictured is the 11" ... but I also use the 6" and 8".
I keep all of my supplies for my current project together along with a little notebook to jot down color changes and such that I might need to remember.
I'm a sucker for cute little bags and currently I am using this adorable one to hold my embroidery supplies.
My friend Sherri (A Quilting Life ) made it for me. Thanks Sherri! It's sew cute...just like you:)
Because I grew up with embroidery and tons of patterns...over the years while out thrifting...I have come across a stack or even a single pattern...I buy it.
They are getting harder to find now but I must say that I do have quite a collection!
If I had to guess I would say maybe 200 or so.
I have been collecting for a long time!
I have been collecting for a long time!
I have several I am showing you here from my Grandma, Ida Marie Ewell (my dad's mother)...above you can see some of the envelopes addressed to her as she would often order patterns from the newspaper or needlework companies.
Among them I have found special treasures like notes about the pattern...recipes... or crochet patterns...written in my grandmothers hand.
My Grandma Ewell is still with us today (she is 97) and so is my Gramdma Crane (she is 95).
What a lucky girl I am!
She had drawn it out on graph paper and I am using it for a pattern on my gingham fabric in my "Sew Cherry" line.
I'm excited about that...and will share it with you when I am able to show it!
There is so much one can do with embroidery...such a creative way to express yourself with simply a needle and thread.
Tell me your embroidery love story. I just told you mine:)
Have a lovely Vintage Monday everyone!