One of my current organizational endeavours has been directed towards my embroidery stash. Going through the boxes, I came to realize that although I have never thought of embroidery as a priority focus, it has been the most consistent thread throughout my stitching life and has found it's way into most of my work.
|Threads and linen from my current embroidery project.|
In some of my earliest memories, I am sitting in a warm and cozy kitchen, watching my mom do her "mom thing", while I am happily engaged in keeping needle and thread from escaping my undisciplined and untrained little fingers.
|From left to right, a progression of some of my earliest stitching endeavours. Note the UFO (un-finished object) centre ice; clearly we stitchers learn early!|
|An aunt seems to have noticed my interest in embroidery as a kid, because so often, Christmas and birthday presents were stitchery kits. These were always my favourite gifts.|
As I grew older, sewing clothes became my passion and my focus, but there was always at least one, often several, hand work projects, (either knitting or embroidery), in the works as well. Hand work has always been therapeutic and calming, and therefore a welcome retreat.
|Two of these cross-stitch nosegays became my "go to" place when I was pregnant with my daughter some 32+ years ago.|
|This little "be-ribboned" cat came into being shortly after my daughter did. Unfortunately, it's purpose as a cushion has never been realized. It's never too late!|
|Another unfinished project, circa my daughters childhood, whose destiny is as yet, unfulfilled.|
|DD has also been gently directed to the road of embroidery. This cool cow was one of several cross stitch projects she stitched as a kid.|
Moving to France 8 years ago created new "stitchery" interests and expanded on old ones.
|Redwork seemed to find it's home when paired with toile de jouy.|
Wandering through the French markets, I was instantly drawn to the whitework that is found at most tables featuring antique linens. The raised satin stitch that seems to be so casually embroidered into monograms and motifs on these well preserved antique linens inspired me to try it for myself.
|My first attempt at raised satin stitch. As you can see, it's another "un-finished object". Someday this pillow covering will be revived and completed. (There's not much more to go).|
|Some hand embroidered napkins that I made (and actually completed) for my daughter and son-in-law's wedding, using the raised satin stitch technique.|
Currently, my interest in embroidery is leaning towards medieval raised embroidery and stumpwork. Using "The Complete Book of Stumpwork Embroidery" by Jane Nicholas as my inspiration and guide, I have started yet another project.
|My selection of threads are laying on top of the page that has inspired this latest quest. It is from "The Complete Book of Stumpwork Embroidery" by Jane Nicholas.|
Threading my way through life is a happy road for me and one I intend to stay on.