Monday, October 6, 2008

Stitch School


I have been busy embroidering again. And I love it.

I found this darling pattern and wanted it on this dishtowel-turned-sewing machine cover. I used my standard stitches like the back stitch, split stitch, and stem stitch...along with a few lazy daisies and french knots. But I was intrigued by the wheatear stitch and found this wonderful stitch school.

So if you are like me who is adding embroidery to any bit of cloth that moves, then learn some wonderfully-lovely vintage-y stitches that you may not have tried before. Learning new things is good for the mind, the fingers, and for the soul :)

Happy Stitching!

11 comments:

Mrs. Pivec said...

I love the little pattern you pointed out. :) I enjoy embroidering too and was happy to see my October and November tea towels I made two years ago. I was working on a Christmas one, but then I got re-bit by the knitting bug and haven't looked back. Well, that's not completely true, as I did pick up Doodle Stitching a few months ago (I have the Reader's Digest one too), but I just haven't found room amidst my knitting lineup. But I do love embroidery and the quiet, simple beauty of it and one of these days... :)

You'll have to be sure to post your finished product!

BTW, I loved the post you wrote below too. I, too, have seen a lot of strident parenting with what seem to me like extreme expectations in some Christian parenting books. I can tell you that my girls (ages 9 & 11) have hearts for Christ and get complemented all the time for their good manners, mature behavior, and sweet nature and they have not ever been spanked. I am not here to rail against spanking, but just to say that you CAN get by - quite nicely - without it. A gentle home is a lovely one. My gentle-mannered husband, too, was never spanked. It simply is possible.

I loved how you spoke of thinking in terms of what KIND of mother you wish to be and how you think on how God parents you. Thank you for the sweet reminders.

grace said...

ooooh I've always wanted to learn to embroider! that patter is completely adorable.

Aimee said...

Nicole! How are you friend? Thanks for your wonderful comments...it was like getting a letter from an old friend :) And I LOVE the examples you gave of your children and husband...that really spoke a lot to me!

Grace, it's so easy! Jump in! Very inexpensive to get started and you can learn any stitch on-line.

janet said...

Wheatear is a very cool stitch, isn't it? Glad you found Stitch School and that it's helped with your embroidery. And thanks for the shout out!

shepherdsgrace said...

beautiful....

The Mangerchine's said...

I've been meaning to pick up embroidery since your last post on this... one of these days I'm going to get around to it. Thanks for the reminder. Too many crafts I'd like to devote time to, too little time. I would love to have some embroidered tea towels though!

Shannon

denise said...

Oooh, I saw this photo in your Flickr. Love it! I have been craving stitching again ... the cold nights make me feel like handwork! ;)

Katy said...

Very nice! I love embroidery on patterned fabric! I've got some dishtowels ready to go myself. I just need some more thread.

~~Deby said...

I love it..I am doing quite a bit of embroidery these days....I find it is therapeutic.....
First time at your sweet blog.
I will be back.
~Deby

kelli said...

I just wanted to thank you for this post (and your blog that I've so enjoyed!!). I do not have any experience in any needlework. My daughters (ages 7 & 5) recently embroidered a simple leaf using the back stitch from a craft kit I bought. I was helping them, and I thought, "I think I could do this!"

The very next day you posted this post! I was so inspired! I went out that weekend to Joann's Fabric. I had forgotten the name of the book you had recommended, but I found one I loved called "Doodle Stitching!" haha....I laughed when I got home and saw which book you had mentioned!

Anyway...I've just finished learning all the stitches that she teaches in the book, and I'm so loving it! I love the calm it brings; I love the colors and creativity it calls forth.

Thank you for sharing this post!

Aimee said...

Yea Kelli!! That's so awesome!!! I have been stitching all week...tote bags on unbleached cotton, onesies, felt tissue holders and pencil cases...more dishtowels...it's just too fun :) SO glad you got Doodle Stitching! She gives such clear and simple directions!