Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I was always drawn to coloring books...


but I was never good at coloring. I usually just colored over the outlines of the picture, which did not accomplish anything remotely artistic. Embroidery is a medium that gives me much more satisfaction, although it feels similar. One of the best parts is that when I am done, I wash the "outlines" away!

My current project is a set of dish towels. Seven, but without the days of the week. I am making this set for Dearest Sister to gift to her MIL for a holiday gift.

These are the first two, which I mailed to DS for quality review. The lily-of-the-valley one has a small repair. I was almost done and pulled the fabric tight in the hoop and the fabric pulled apart.

These towel blanks were a set that I had in my stash, (from who knows what estate sale!) so more are not available.
I told DS that I would be glad to re-do, but she would have to hem the flour sacks that were the secondary option (staying with stash availability). She said that they would pass muster, so I am on number three, instead of re-doing one and two!

The pattern is from Aunt Martha, I am not sure of the name and can't locate the envelope just this minute. I love the vintage Aunt Martha transfers, (and the newer ones with a vintage vibe) but I also love Sublime Stitching designs.

I am in awe of the stitchers out there that put depth and texture into their projects with color and variety of stitches. I am more of a crafter than an artist, and my projects are generally utilitarian. I am trying to vary my stitches in this project, since it is to be a gift and minimizing the loose tailed knots.

DS assures me that the shortcomings that I see are not so obvious to others, but I want her to be proud to give them to her MIL.

Five more dish towels and 10 weeks until Christmas!

2 comments:

Iron Needles said...

Excellent effort on both the blog and the embroidery!

It shouldn't be that difficult to line a photo up. We should visit while you are doing so.

potty mouth mama said...

I love your embroidery - well done! Very inspiring, I better get cracking on my Christmas gifts.