Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stitch'n While Mend'n

As I recover from my recent sprain, unable to maneuver the rocky garden for a bit, I picked up another Aunt Martha's embroidery iron on transfer that I had stashed upstairs. Sure, I might have cleaned the kitchen or something even more horrific such as ironing; however, I chose to play around with a needle and thread.

I ordered this book that demonstrates stitches for needlepoint and embroidery, about 200 in amazing detail. I have used a few basics but can't wait to try some of the filling stitches that are a little more complex. I may try those on some counted cross stitch fabric first.

I also picked up this little case to store my thread which I wound around the small cardboard pieces that fit each cubby. It's come in pretty handy since I can file them by color.

I'll finish the chimney- had to get some darker red more suitable for brick- and then make some coffee, for the fabric, not me. That should take the bright edge off of it so I can either frame it with fabric or a distressed wooden frame. I haven't decided just yet.


BoPeep said...

Looks great, Kathy! I have a few Aunt Martha patterns and books stashed away for when the Spirit moves me. Haven't done embroidery for years but can't bear to give it away yet!

Unknown said...

Beautiful and creative! What a great way to spend your recovery. Wishing you a quick healing and some great peaceful stitching.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you all very much! I saw something on a quilting blog where she was using crayons to fill in color, then you iron it using something to absorb the wax. I have to look into it too. It might look nice with color and embroidery.

3rnigerians said...

Beautiful, and I couldn't agree more with the sentiment on your lovely example. Home is where I like to bee best too.

Unknown said...

That sounds beautiful..and a perfect thing to do while mending a injury.

Lovely blog!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you! I am doing another one now with sheep and baskets. Once I get them all done I have to figure out if I am going to make a border and frame them or maybe make a lap quilt out of them.