Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spending time with needle and hoop---

Lately, as I've been out touring in Blogland, I have visited several blogs that feature hand embroidery. It brought back memories of my "hand embroidery days" way back when. I remembered how much I loved the feel of the needle in my hand and the peacefulness I felt as I stitched designs with thread and floss.

I checked out some books from the library and just knew I was going to have to do some embroidery.

You can find these book at Amazon as well. I may have to buy them for my collection.

I love to stop by and visit  with Carina at Carina's Craftblog, where I always find beautiful embroidery and lots of inspiration. When she mentioned a stichalong over at feeling stitchy , I thought I'd drop by and see what it was all about. And that's when I decided to join in.

This is the pattern that was being used--

So......I rummaged through some drawers in my craft room and found--

a hoop, a needle and a sweet crocheted egg to use as a pin cushion.

After a little more searching I found--

some leftover cotton craft thread from a long ago project.

Now what to stitch on--

I have lots of scraps left over from projects--so I though this brown piece might go well with the thread colors that I had.

I enlarged the design, photo-copied it,  transferred it to my material using some tracing paper, and started stitching--

I spent the afternoon on Sunday, sitting in my rocking chair in my craft room with the windows open, listening to the birds singing, and embroidered.

It was a wonderful, peaceful way to spend an afternoon.


Here is the finished product. I'm a little rusty with the tension and stitches. I just used three stitches, a couple of different versions of the daisy stitch, french knots and the stem stitch

I'm thinking of making this into a pillow.

Thank-you to all my new "hand-embroidery" friends, for re-introducing me to this wonderful past-time. I will be spending many more peaceful afternoons in my rocking chair--stitching away.


  1. Wow, what a nice job you did. I love the vintage dish towels that are stitched with fruit and flowers.

  2. That is a beautiful pattern. Is the stich a log over? This is better than the once upon a time cross stich, for me anyway, because I can't see anymore!! Even with glasses, it is too difficult to follow. Oh, what I used to be able to do with young eyes... Brianne

  3. What a beautiful project! Those books look like they definitely need to be added to any stitcher's library.

  4. I think it would be a wonderful pillow. My grandmother used to make some wonderful embroidery pieces. I used to do cross-stitch, but haven't in a long time.


  5. Hi!
    Just want to thank you for the sweet well-wishes you left last week!

    I hope our weather warms up soon!


  6. I love this embroidery! It came out beautifully. What a lovely pillow it will make.


  7. Megan, I've got a blog award waiting for you on my latest post. Lisa

  8. Megan, thanks for visiting me today. We'll be headed your way (St. Augustine) next week. We can't wait to sink our toes in the sand. I love that you have been married to your sweetheart since the age of 18. Me and mine got married at just 19, it's been a wonderful life. b

  9. Very Pretty! I ran across 2 hoops recently - have had them for years. Have no clue why I bought them as I never did any embroidery work, that I can remember. I just made a note to ask my daughters if they want them. :)
    Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Good job dear. Am beena from India . First time your blog am following u . Glad if u will follow me back dear