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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

#crafting I like to keep busy : #embroidery #needlepoint #crochet #grandmotherthings #RssosSisters #MFRWorg

Crafty gal
...likes to keep busy
If I can, I like to make some gifts for Christmas. As you know, I do needlepoint, but I'm an avid embroiderer. I began at age nine with a pillowcase. My grandmother set me down on my parent's tiny front porch and passed me the pillowcase, already stamped with a kitty stepping on a fork. She showed me a bit and then said for me to try. I did and loved how the thread enhanced the piece. 

About age nineteen, someone had given me this pillowcase to embroider...

Grandmother even crocheted the edging. I bet you can agree I saved the case because of her work, not mine. It's not bad; hopefully, I improved. 

Last year, I worked these for my daughter-in-law:

I bought the already finished tea towels at JoAnn's and used a transfer I had. I like how doing the whole picture in black worked. I also added a favorite trim--rick rack.

Many times I've said I believe creativity begets more creativity. Do you think that shows in my writing? lol

What are special hobbies you have? 

 “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza” by Vicki Batman: Christmas Countdown is on! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.                                                                                                                 Find at most e-retailers and: Barnes and Noble                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


Eve Mardis said...

My grandmother started me off by embroidering a paper napkin ... yes, one of those with the raised/ridged borders. Although I did quite well, it was never anything I enjoyed (I still have, somewhere, the wall hanging I began for my nephews birth - umm, he's 33 now). My sister started taught me how to crochet and really got into that. Several family members have lap rugs that I've made over the years (I made a baby blanket for my niece and she used it for her own children). Alas, arthritis has taken that away from me ... but I really enjoyed working on those blankets while watching football games.

Love the tea towels!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Eve! That pesky arthritis. I would hate to have to give up on a love like my stitching. My fingers get a little testy at times and I stop, massage, stretch and go on!

The towels were so easy and are adorable. Hugs.

Eve Mardis said...

There are thicker needles I could use, but they make big loops which don't work well for a blanket. *sigh*

Angela Adams said...

You shared needlepoint with your grandmother, and I shared books with mine! Thanks for the post.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Angela! How wonderful. My grandmother also sang hymns all the time. She was a mighty busy person. I miss her today.

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