Friday, May 25, 2012

Vintage Stitches.1

When I was younger, my mother would take me to my grandmother's house when school let out for the day. Our visits consisted of an afternoon snack and a sewing lesson. We started with Barbie clothes, then moved on to larger projects like tote bags and dresses. By the time I reached high school, I was making many of my own clothes, which I still do.

My grandmother, mother, and I still sew... and knit, crochet, and embroider. I thought they had shared everything with me on the sewing front, but my mom recently gave me a pattern she had used in the early 1970's... and the apron she made with it!
As I was looking at the pattern, I realized it said it was a design courtesy of Betsey Johnson of Alley Cat. I have always been a huge fan of Betsey Johnson's clothing, shoes, and accessories. So, to see that my mom had been a fan of her early designs made me smile.

There is a page of the instructions that is missing. In particular, the page with the instructions for making the hat, which I really REALLY want to make. Other than that, all the embroidery transfer pages are still in the package, along with all pattern pieces.

Here are my mom's stitches. She made the apron without the top part, so it just ties at the waist without the sleeves.

I definitely want to try stitching this pattern onto something. Maybe a tote bag is in order. I am going to try making that hat without the instructions, though, and see if it turns out.

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

More MS Stitches

Before I get to the stitchery, I wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes and welcome home messages. I really appreciate the warm welcome. It feels good to be home! I have been somewhat overwhelmed with unpacking and trying to get myself situated. I am hoping to get back into some sort of routine this coming week.

I wanted to share the rest of the Martha Stewart stitches I worked on for Mother's Day, because I really enjoyed the finished product.
I stitched these towels for my Aunt, who doubles as my Godmother. I thought they would be cute for her kitchen.
The directions that came with these Martha Stewart towels call for stem stitching on the cup and the frosting. I must say, I quite enjoy the way it looks.
I really hope she liked these towels. They were fun to stitch and I think they came out pretty cute.

I have some fun vintage embroidery to share next time!

Until then!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I made it back to Tucson with the help of my brother and parents. Early Saturday morning, we left Albuquerque and trucked me, my dog, and my stuff almost 500 miles back to the place I call home. I am happy to report that we all arrived safely.
I finished my Charlotte Lyons Sampler just in time for the trip home. It feels almost surreal to be back in Tucson. I lived in Albuquerque for three years while working on my doctoral coursework.  Now I am free to write my dissertation from Arizona.

As we drove through the desert... which is pretty boring because it's flat and there isn't much to look at... my brother and I found a hard rock radio station that happened to be playing the most appropriate song for the trip...
Once we got to my house I was most excited to unpack the box of fabric and craft supplies that I have. Lately, I have been dreaming up so many things to sew and stitch, that all I want to do is create! Before I left Albuquerque, I had received word that I won a fantastic giveaway from Fabricworm! I was so excited to hear I had won. To my surprise, the fabric was here when I arrived on Saturday.
I really want to start quilting. I have made some basic quilts before, but I would like to be more elaborate and create different patterns with the fabric. These fat quarters from Fabricworm are just what I needed to get a summer quilt started. I have to get back to unpacking boxes of stuff, but hopefully I can share the beginnings of a quilt project very soon.

Until next time!


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

MS Stitches

I wanted to find a unique and fun Mother's Day gift for the mom's in my life: my mom, grandmother, and Aunt/Godmother. I strolled around the fabric store and stumbled upon these Martha Stewart embroidery kits.
I thought these would be perfect little gifts for each of the mom's I know. I got two tea towel kits and one apron kit. I found them at the Joanns in Albuquerque at a discounted price of $9.99 a piece, which I thought was a steal. Each kit comes with pre-stamped towels or apron, floss in different colors, a needle, and very detailed instructions. 

I got to stitching and finished one set of tea towels pretty quickly. The apron took me a little longer, because it has a larger pattern. I still need to finish the set of tea towels with the cupcake on them

Once I finish the last set of towels, I will wash and press them, and wrap them up in some pretty ribbon. The biggest problem I am having, is figuring out which one of these to give to my mom, grandmother and godmother. 

Until next time!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Paper Flowers

I was on the hunt for a paper flower tutorial the other day, and stumbled upon some images of a festival in Portugal that is constructed completely out of paper flowers! I thought I would share some of the images I found with you, because they are FANTASTIC!
I found the initial photos here, which included a brief description of the Festa dos Tabuleiros that occurs every four years in Tomar, Portugal. It's a festival that began in the 14th Century by Queen Isabel, in order to honor the saint of the Divine Spirit, and has continued ever since. 
Image found here

Image found here

There's a parade, or procession, during the festival that includes women wearing these large and elaborate crowns made of amazing paper flowers, as well!
I also found images of a different flower festival that occurs on Madeira Island, Portugal. More information can be found here
I pretty much have strong feelings for that orange top hat and need one immediately.

Other images found here and here.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Until next time!