Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Operation Sewing Basket

My Great Aunt Mary left a few things to me when she passed away. One was a cedar hope chest, the other was her sewing basket and everything in it. I was just a kid when it fell into my hands, and couldn't have really appreciated all the treasures inside. Now, thankfully, things are a little different.

As of late, I've had an intense urge to learn the art of embroidery. I knew Aunt Mary had excelled at this, as she had in all things crafty, so I pulled out her sewing basket. Inside I found all the things I needed to get started: a hoop, embroidery needles, and an abundance of embroidery floss. I have yards and yards of muslin that I bought sometime in junior high, back when I was determined to teach myself to quilt (it didn't go over so well the first time), so I cut a 24 by 18 inch piece, found a drawing of a flower that I liked, traced it onto the muslin, and commenced embroidering.

And a tea towel was born.
It was easier than I thought, and oh, so very fun.

I found the how to page over at Sublime Stitching very helpful. I also enjoyed looking through this: Just another treasure from Aunt Mary's sewing basket.

13 comments:

Mellanee said...

Great Job Belina!

Kimba said...

whatever! get back down here RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!! that is a fantastic tea towel! oh, the possibilities!

Chris said...

Why is that tea towel hanging on a fence in the out-of-doors?

Abby said...

Because it is a FLOWER.

Abby said...

And it's a TRELLIS for FLOWERS.

Jessica and Reecey said...

Geez, lady. Is there anything you can't do?

Nick and Stacy Stevens said...

I am so freaking jealous. You are so crafty and talented. One day when you go see Kim I'm coming up and we're all going to learn a thing or two from you.

Madeline and Family said...

Wow, you blow me away! They look like they came out of a magazine.

heather said...

I'll be needin to learn, do you do lessons?

The Kilpacks said...

Love it!

Abby said...

Thanks, guys! Sure, Heather, I'll do some lessons, but you would need to come up here and visit me!

The Bauers said...

I love it!!! That turned out great i am getting into embroidering and loving it- if only I could get my hand on all that floss- what a wonderful gift

tom + lisa said...

Cute, cute! Pretty sure even embroidering tea towels counts as nesting... and, despite how you may feel, you are SO NOT huge. I should send you some pics to make you feel better... hmm... maybe not.