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.