Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hand Embroidery joins ‘hi tech’!

I love to sew and decided to try embroidery again after all these years.

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I visited Prairie Patchwork Quilts and saw her precious pillowcase doll HERE and found the kits on sale on Amazon.

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I’m starting with a regular pillowcase to see if I remember the basic stitches.

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But if all else fails, there are videos galore to view online. Keep your IPAD handy!

I’ll try the pillowcase doll next.

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Some of these old transfers were my Grandmother’s. She could sew, crochet and quilt better than anyone I’ve ever known. I hope just a little bit of her talent was passed on to me.

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When I went to the thrift store last time, I found this sweet little doll.

I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

and Roses of Inspiration.

Enjoy your day!

44 comments:

ann said...

As a child and even later, I did a lot embrodry. Then cross stitch. Then crochet. You will have a good time and it is relaxing. There are so many great tutorials on Youtube. Be sure to share your work with us. And you can find transferes at Hobby Lobby, too.

laurie said...

oh I think more than a " little" wore off on you!! You do beautiful work! Love the new little doll, she must have been the inspiration for sure with her embroidery hoop!!!

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Love your new project. I am sure you will do just fine. Look forward to seeing your Sunbonnet Sue all stitched up. Thanks for the mention on your blog post! I find embroidery to be my favorite craft over all. You can do different stitches; different colors, and you can embellish as you wish. Have fun and enjoy.

Diane said...

You probably remember more than you think. And, yes, isn't the internet handy?? I bet your grandmother would be proud of all your sewing projects!

Debby Ray said...

I used to do embroidery as a young girl as well...those vintage patterns really spark sweet memories of my mom too as I can recall her sitting and stitching away. Year later I did some cross-stitch and even tried my hand at crewel. And what was the one called where the design was made my creating french knots? I seem to have forgotten. Can wait to see the little pillow case doll! :)

Arlene said...

My 85 year old Mother still embroiders pillow cases. I told her I would bring her some pillowcases when I visit this weekend. Off to TJ Maxx to purchase some!

Doreen@househoneys said...

Your work is lovely, and I know you'll take this new interest and run with it Diane. You have lots of patience and it shows in everything you lovingly do.

xxx

Susie said...

Diane, I love your patterns...especially the old ones. That little doll can remind you of your grandmother. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Margaret said...

I love to embroider too! And Aunt Martha's patterns are sold in Walmart in the craft section if you are looking for many different kinds. Just iron them on. Happy Spring!

Vee said...

Oh I think your grandmother passed along many of her gifts to you for sure! I enjoy embroidery...very relaxing. Stitch small!

Stephanie said...

How wonderful that you are embroidering again. I can do the basic stitch, but that is about all. I must confess that embroidery is not my favorite... I truly admire you and your talent, dear Diane.

Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Enjoy your day! Hugs!

Christine said...

Good for you! Having the iPad to hand is another hi tech blessing!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I never did much embroidery but I do love to find it!! Cute doll!
hugs,
Linda

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Diane, Lovely stitch work. You did a beautiful job. I love to embroidery too and always have a project or two going. Isn't it fun to complete?
Darling little doll your found too.
Have a great week.

Hugs, CM

Red Rose Alley said...

Your embroidery is very nice, Diane. wow, your mother could sew and embroider and crochet! My sister can knit and crochet and sew also. I've always thought it was such a talent.

Your doll is sweet. I wish I could go with you to the thrift stores because you always find the cutest things.

love, ~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

oooops, I just saw that it was your grandmother who could sew, crochet, and quilt. Maybe that's where you get your talents from. :~)

~Sheri

Terra said...

How fun to have a new project, and the doll you found is cute.

Linda Kay said...

Reminds me of some tea towels I got out to dry dishes this past Easter Sunday, with all the little embroidered corners.

helen tilston said...

I am sure you will be a very accomplished embroiderer Diane. I love the pillow case. It is always special owning needlework that has been stitched with love
Helen xx

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I see you are up to 19 hikes! WOW!! How fun. We went on a big hike the Saturday before Easter. I will share about it later this week on my blog. :-)
I love the little doll you found.
xx oo
Carla

Sam I Am...... said...

How precious is the pillowcase doll? I love the old vintage embroidery patterns and it looks like you have a ton of them. No one in my family did needlework except my aunt did crochet afghans and sewed. My Mother was a career woman and so was I so there was little time for it. But now I am teaching myself all kinds of things and it is fun! I love the little girl you got at the thrift store!

20 North Ora said...

I love to embroider. Those old patterns are real jewels!

Judy

NanaDiana said...

I used to LOVE to embroider. I haven't done any of it in a long time. Do you know Shirley over at Shirley Stitches? She does the most fantastic embroidery and she is FAST at it. Amazing woman.

Have fun with it. (cute doll, too). xo Diana

PatC - All is Bright said...

Can't wait to see your work. My mother in law did beautiful embroiderer. You will do wonderful!

Hugs
Pat

Kathy said...

A little dolly to embroider with you, how sweet!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I learned to embroider when I was 7, and it is still one of my favorites - so relaxing. I like seeing each stitch build the design. How wonderful that you have your grandmother's transfers, and that little stitching doll is just too cute. Happy stitching my friend.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm sure you'll pick it up in no time. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party. Your grandmother's patterns would inspire me too!

Lorrie said...

Those old embroidery transfers are so sweet. I have some of them too. Embroidery is a wonderful project for on-the-go or just to pick up and do in the evenings. Looking forward to seeing the results of your efforts.
Have a wonderful week.

Liz Hockamier said...

I love it that you are picking up embroidery. When I decided to do more crochet I lived on YouTube. I love it. I'm such a visual person anyway. :)
Can't wait to see your finished project!
~Liz

Maureen Wyatt said...

I don't do much embroidery, but I sure have done a lot of cross stitch. It's amazing how the time flies when you get into it.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love your pillow case! I like to embroider now and again...they still sell Aunt Martha transfers at my local craft store and I bought a few a while ago. Your little doll is darling with the tiny embroidery hoop! I love your thimble, too <3 Happy stitching! Hugs xo Karen

doodles n daydreams said...

I love that type of embroidery, it is so...I don't know. I guess it invokes my childhood :)
Love the cute wee doll.

Diana

Barbara said...

I did all kinds of handwork when I was younger and I loved it but got away from it for some reason. I've been eyeing cross stitch again. I will have eye surgery this summer and I am hoping that I'll be able to see those little holes again and take it back up.

Trace4J said...

Happy Sittiching friend.
I can't wait to see it all finished.
Love the Internet for help.
Happy Spring

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh yes, I think the talent for needle work was passed on to you! How fun to be embroidering again!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Have fun, sweet friend. I love to embroidery. Wish I could find the time xo Laura

Scrappy quilter said...

What a cute pattern. Have fun!

Shug said...

I CERTAINLY CAN NOT SEW....HOWEVER, I DO ENJOY THESE LITTLE STITCHES. LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME FUN FILLED DAYS AHEAD... ENJOY

Conniecrafter said...

Embroidery is so relaxing to me, enjoy it, and your right, these days you can look on line for so many great tutorials

BeachGypsy said...

Oh.mercy i could not do that!!! But you are good at it!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Cute little doll and yes you inheirited alot of your grandmother's talent. I embroider off and on...just something simple and just the back stitch for the most part. Once I get the threads separated it is so relaxing! :)

Marcia Pilar said...

Love. I've been wanting to try embroidery my whole life it seems. Maybe I'll take it up after Miss AJ's wedding.
xoxo

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

So cute!! I've been wanting to try to embroider, there just isn't enough time in the day! lol. I'm sure your pillowcase will be lovely!! :) So neat to have old transfers from your grandmother! xo Holly

handmade by amalia said...

These cute designs make my fingers tingle, Diane. I want to embroider something right now :-) And cake.
Amalia
xo