Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Great Way to Pass a Summer Afternoon - Saturday

Sew Something

When summer comes I set aside my knitting. Wool and warm summer days simply don't mesh. But I miss the repetition. The soothing knit purl repeat. Knit purl repeat. Instead I turn to embroidery. My latest obsession is vintage transfer patterns. Oh my there is much fun to be had! I can't wait to show you my latest tea towel -- soon I promise. The theme is Bee Clean. Quite appropriate in this household. Here's a sneak peak:

When mama pulls out needle and thread undoubtedly the children want to join in. My child friendly medium of choice? Felt. What a forgiving fabric. It doesn't fray or wander or go awry. Perfect for little ones just making their way. Our favorite creation is a blanket stitch heart; ideal for hanging, attaching to gifts or as bookmarks.

I never thought I'd find solace in sewing (or knitting, or cooking or baking). But it seems homemaking is in my blood, in my soul. I can not deny that I am a woman. A woman who works yet truly enjoys making a home.

And part of homemaking is sewing. So, whether it's pants that need a new button or you are feeling ambitious and create a new dress ... don't forget the needle and thread this summer. You may just find a little bit of yourself you thought you never knew existed.

Happy sewing!

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Jen said...

I can relate to being "a woman who works yet truly enjoys making a home." I love so much of "homemaking" (well at least the creative part, I'm not that great at the cleaning part). I just wish I had more time for it.

Thanks for sharing your projects, including the felt hearts. My girls are both getting old enough where we can start doing crafts together, and the felt is a great idea.

Kerri said...

when i was a kid, my grandmother- Lola!, loved to embroider. she taught me how and we used to put pretty designs on pillow cases.

i love that your post reminded me of's a memory that hasn't popped up in a very long time.

i would love to find some patterns and pretty up some pillowcases!! :)

Miss J said...

I totally agree. My crochet is sitting in a corner feeling neglected. Tonight I'm making fringe on a cotton scarf - talk about repetition! I love your embroidery. Can't wait to see the finished product!

*Michelle* said...

Oh, I love that chicken embroidery! Looks like something my grandmother would have made. :)

Hey, I added you as a contact on flickr, in case you're wondering who michellerene05 is! ;) Take care.