I’ve noticed a little trend spreading around the online sewing community lately – Embroidery! And I think it’s great. I love hand embroidery.
Recently Rochelle and Jo posted some really cute projects, and it got me seriously thinking about embroidery again. This is a craft that has been in my family for years. My great-grandmother was a prolific embroiderer. As a kid I had several framed pieces of her work hanging in my bedroom. And I remember one Christmas when my mom and grandmother worked together on a huge embroidery wall picture of a mountain scene. I’m pretty sure it’s still hanging in grandma’s house.
My great-grandma also made practical items. Luckily I still have some of her flour-sack towels!
Look at the back sides – almost as clean as the front:
I’m surprised how well the floss has held up, it’s not faded at all. These towels are at least 30 years old!
I also have this piece of really really old embroidery. It’s a silk hankie that’s been in my family since the 1890’s. Amazing. I need to get this properly preserved. Sorry for the wrinkles, but I wasn’t about to iron it!
So all of this stitchy goodness has me itching to get to work! I pulled out my stash of embroidery floss and have been plotting away.