Sunday, October 11, 2009

Do You Embroider?

Do you embroider or at least know how to embroider? I learned to do embroidery from my Great Grandmother. She lived next door to us and I spent a lot of time with her. I guess I was in about sixth or seventh grade when she taught me how. She insisted that the back of the embroidery should look as nice as the front, but somehow I just can't manage that! I'm so glad I have this memory and skill from her. Not everyone is lucky enough to have known their great grandmother. I know that Tasha does some embroidery, but I don't think anyone else does, so I guess that's the end of this family and embroidery unless a granddaughter wants to learn someday!

I have embroidered many quilt squares. I've made baby quilts for Trina, Chansee, and Payton with embroidered squares. I've done many tea towels, and a few pillowcases, and some sayings to frame. I'm constantly using the blanket stitch to finish sweatshirts, blankets, etc. It seems like it's either feast or famine--I've gone years without embroidering anything, and then I suddenly get on a roll.

See the Gail Pan BOM button on my sidebar? Well, I started them a little late, but I finally finished all of the embroidery.

Now I need to piece it into a quilt. I have the fabric, so I just need the time!

I finished this bit of embroidery and framed it. I gave it to my daughter-in-law's mother as my fourth grandson is her first grandchild. There's nothing like the excitement of being a grandma for the first time. Don't get me wrong, every time is exciting, but the first time is a milestone.
Now, I have my next embroidery pattern ready to go. My only dilemma is which to do next---embroider, sew, or read. When I'm doing one I wish I were doing another. So much to do and so little time to do it! I really don't have time to work, but I can't convince Bud of that!!


Laurie said...

Your embroidery work is beautiful Kim, I do a lot of embroidery, but letters never turn ot the way they should. I put mine on crazy quilting, but no you gave me the bug to try lettering again! As soon as my arm heals, I have to try.

Beth Swantz said...

so sweet of you!!!

Beth Swantz said...

and I LOVE the embroidered pieces...they don't look like anything my grandma taught me to do! Can't wait to see the quilt!