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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Keeping Myself In Stitches

Gor- it's been nearly a month since I last posted! It can't be because I'm so very busy doing householdy things.  Well, in one respect I have.

Work has been a nut grinder lately.  I get in to work at 6:00 a.m., usually don't take a lunch, and really try to get out of the parking lot before the gate closes at 5:00 just because it's a hassle to turn off the car and go swipe my fob across the gate keypad to open the gate again.  If I'm lucky and I can get out at 4:00 p.m., then I've only worked a ten hour day.  Then there's the traffic and another half hour before I get home, in the dark, so I'm not good for much these days.

Steve was concerned about a penchant I developed for playing solitaire on my computer.  Which is rich, given his propensity for playing video games for hours at a time, but life is all about the double standard, no?  Anyway, I thought I'd get him off my back by knitting something, but when I left bags of yarn in the living room for a couple of weeks on end it dawned on me that knitting is not what I wanted to do.

I wanted to embroider.

I used to embroider a lot as a young teen, but I don't remember making anything useful.  It has been far too many decades for me to admit to since I last embroidered but it turns out handwork is a lot like riding a bike.  You never forget.  Actually, that's only what I've read about riding a bike.  It's been several decades since I was last on a bicycle as well, so maybe the jury is still out on that one.

Since we'd just purchased a new sheet set from Costco (they have everything! Or as my brother-in-law puts it- if it doesn't come on a pallet, we don't want it), so I stitched on them.


First I made a design based on some designs I copied from a book on Colonial embroidery.  (Copied as in traced them.)


Then I made a template of the design so that I could repeat it exactly.



Then I repeated it along a line.

And then I cut out the template, which I used with my pounce box to leave the design along the edge of the pillowcase.  Doesn't 'pounce box' sound wonderfully colonial?

This is the finished project.

I also embroidered the second set of pillowcases and the top of the sheet with a different design in red with which I'm very pleased.



Now I'm all embroidered out, so if you'll excuse me, I've a game of solitaire on which to catch up .

*I have more to report, some of it exciting, but the pictures didn't turn out, so I'll get more pictures and then post my news.

3 comments:

Paula said...

And a shout out to Beverly- thanks for the nice note!!

Miriam said...

What a nice way to turn something generic into something personal, not to mention lovely!

jules said...

That looks great! When I was younger (20's) I did cross stitch. I really liked that. I made my grandmother a very nice medium size piece, and a very small Christmas piece that I just loved.