Sunday, July 3, 2011

Three Cheers for a New (old) Hobby!

Submitted by Linda
When I was a pre-teen, I remember learning to embroider, and I think my one and only finished project was a pair of pillowcases with mushrooms on them. This was in the mid '70s, and I was making them for my "hope chest". Funnily enough, I had them when we got married, despite the crazy design.

Then on my most recent birthday, my mom stitched me two darling tea towels with a Bonnie Bonnet design. I have stacks of pillowcases and tea towels that were embroidered by my grandmas, but it never occurred to me to do my own, until I received those towels!

So, my plan was to get some towels and some iron-on designs, and start stitching, as soon as school got out. In the meantime, I decided to ask the expert of all things crafty, my dear friend Liz. I immediately thought of Liz when Michelle did her post about accomplished women. Liz may appear to be a 'mild mannered librarian' (which she actually is), but she also has many exceptional crafting talents, as well as an amazingly adventurous life. She lives life to the fullest, yet takes time out to read and write and think. She is someone who will liven up any party with her interesting contributions to the conversation. Here she is, with my mom and me, at our church tea party. Her china is Royal Albert "Blossom Time" and shows a scene of cherry trees in full blossom! She began collecting these while she worked in Washington, D.C.
Anyway, Liz promptly emailed me two websites that have cute patterns, and even some freebie designs. (Feel free to visit crabapple hill and bird brain designs). The towel pictured below is my first attempt, and I used one of the free downloadable designs.
This sweet little towel puts me right in the patriotic spirit! And I can't wait to start another project......

1 comment:

Carrie said...

I love this Linda! It reminds me of my childhood too! I might have to try it one of these days.