Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Trying something new....

Embroidery, free stitching, punch name it I am going to try it.

I have had a long love affair with fabric and needle work, really anything that has a soft texture to it and is decorative in nature.

My grandmother (Grama Corky) was an amazing artist when it came to needle work. Being a young women in the depression and raising 11 children, she knew how to be thrifty and yet create something amazingly beautiful.

Her best talents were cross stitch and standard embroidery. There was not a thing in her home that wasn't embellished. Pillowcases, tablecloths, hankies and aprons all got something to make them a little more special.

As time passed on she racked up numerous grandchildren who put her skills to the test. I remember in the 70's a couple of the boys asked if she would embroider their jean jackets. Now the one I remember the most was for my cousin Kevin who was a huge Grateful Dead fan. She embroidered this on the back of his jacket and it was just an amazing feat of tenacity. All those thousands of stitches, each done with love.

I am blessed to have some of her tablecloths and pillow cases. I framed these pillow cases and have always had them up as a reminder of how much I loved everything about her.

We always say inspiration comes from many different places and for this project it could not be more appropriate. My mom had given me a pillow case she found that my Grama had embroidered and it reminded me that I purchased this book "Doodle Stitching" by Aimee Ray.

The projects and designs are just so delicate and sweet that I couldn't resist buying the book even though I had never tried needle work at all. Reading through the pages and looking around my house I found that I have recently been purchasing lots of embroidered items. So it seemed and obvious sign that I really need to try my hand at something new.

I purchased all the products I need and now all I need to do is start. Today seems like a perfect day to do just that, it is cloudy out, we are without a car and it is just that crafting kind of day. (FINALLY, I HAVE BEEN LACKING IN THE CREATIVE FRONT LATELY)

For more inspiration I was on Etsy to see what was new and how others were using their skills. I am personally drawn to the "doodling" and punch stitching as they seem to have a homier appeal to them.

Dasha's Creations

How Beadyful


For the Record

So I am off to my craft room and my children are going to have to live without me for a little while...that's OK isn't it? As always I promise to report back on my progress...besides I better get busy on the two "swaps" I have signed up for through the Silver Bella! Yikes....


Artfulife said...

So fun! Have a blast. I hope to take the time to learn how to do these fun stitching techniques someday very soon. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Sheila R said...

I too have been stitchin' and so enjoying the process. Hope you have fun and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

These embroideries are beautiful! I have done some myself...yes it does take so much time. I have a problem with my hand cramping up or I would do so much more. Can't wait to see what your creating...and yes your kiddos will be just fine with out you for a bit! lol. Enjoy friend!

Hugs to you,

Firefly Hill said...

What beautiful things from your Grandmother! I had to laugh when I saw the Grateful Dead husband is a huge fan and he has a patch just like that! How sweet of your Grandma to embroider that! Good luck with your new project...cant wait to see what you do.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I can't believe we learned how to do all kinds of embroideries while in school, (not that long ago!) It's too bad that girls today are not exposed to it...well, there is always time to pick up a new craft, right? Have a blast!!!!

the wild raspberry said...

good luck to you...hope you are having fun with it!
i adore the one with the bird and the flowers...
have a great day

Tracey said...

How's the stitching going? My mother-in-law and aunt both do a lot of cross stitching - I don't think I have the patience! See ya tomorrow...

:) T

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I need another hobby like I need a hole in the head, but those are so pretty.

Jan said...

I have always been a fan of this type of artwork. Even when it was out of style. It is eternal to me. Never gets old. Good luck and I am so happy you are carrying on the traditions.

Ms. Tee said...

Your grandma sounds so sweet - and her embroidery was beautiful!

Anne Marie said...

Oh my TOTALLY inspired me! I LOVE!!! needle art and have been looking for a good book about it - and WALLA!- come here, found it, and was truly inpsired to try this out!