Hand Stitching

Aug 28, 2012

Most of you have heard about my “Trav­el­ing Apron” cre­ated by my aunt out of a feed sack that was my grandmother’s and a dress that was my great great aunt’s. While in West Vir­ginia, I started a lit­tle sam­pler to keep in the pocket with all the states I’ve been to with my apron. This is some­thing really fun to do while sit­ting in the car, wait­ing in the air­port or on the plane. I plan on stitch­ing pearls in between each state and adding small pieces of vin­tage trims here and there as well as doing a few dec­o­ra­tive type stitches.

If you are inter­ested in hand stitch­ing your own sam­pler and want to learn more embroi­dery stitches I dis­cov­ered Sarah’s Hand Embroi­dery Tuto­ri­als on Pin­ter­est and I LOVE every­one of her tuto­ri­als. Sarah’s back stitch tuto­r­ial shows just how sim­ple the back stitch is to sew as well as sev­eral oth­ers in the back stitch fam­ily. She has 13 embroi­dery stitch­ing cat­e­gories with lots of dif­fer­ent stitches in each.

You really need to check out her site. Cre­at­ing a sam­pler is the per­fect thing to do to pass the time away while sit­ting in the car­pool line. I wish I would have dis­cov­ered this years ago. There is no telling how many sam­plers I would have com­pleted by now.

I took this photo of a dresser scarf while vis­it­ing my aunt and uncle. I found out last night that my aunt hand stitched this in the 50’s or 60’s. Each sin­gle stitch is per­fectly placed. I wish I would have taken more pho­tos of it now… I also dis­cov­ered that another one in the room on a night­stand was hand stitched by my grand­mother. You can bet I will be tak­ing more pho­tos of both, next year.

And check out this photo col­lage of an antique crazy quilt I saw at an Antique Mall while pass­ing through KY or TN. I could study this quilt all day long. It has such a unique blend of fab­rics, col­ors, appliques and hand stitch­ing and I find it absolutely amaz­ing and inspir­ing. I think I’m going to attempt a crazy quilt sam­pler using feed sack scraps and trims I have stashed away. To learn about “Crazy Quilt­ing” click HERE.


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  • Jill Nor­wood

    What a won­der­ful post. I do some hand­stitch­ing on my cards and love the relax­ation of sewing them while watch­ing tv or wait­ing at school for my son. It is becom­ing one of my hob­bies and I so enjoyed your post and links. :)