As I grew older I wanted to learn more about sewing so once I entered junior high school (middle school today) I enrolled in Home Economics and learned how to sew on a sewing machine it was love at first seam which would carry over into High School for all four years.
Embroidery and quilting weren't taught in school so I taught myself how to hand embroider and quilt with books, I must have checked out every craft book both the school and public library had and believe me there weren't that many.
Over the years when I move one of the first things I do is get a library card. As the years pass my needlework skills have improved, most libraries have a great selection of books and videos for all kinds of crafts and there are classes offered at most local quilt and needlework shops. But in my heart I still prefer the slowness of hand stitching.
This week I have projects in process and several traced a ready for stitching, I will be linking my post at Kathy's Quilts https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/10/slow-sunday-stitching_29.html
And on Monday to Super Mom No Cape https://www.supermomnocape.com/
The first in progress piece is my Lady of the Forest design the tree branches came out just as I had hoped.
|Lady of the Forest|
The finished ornament should look like this the photo below is from the website listed above.
I came across some new marking pens for tracing patterns for embroidery, I have always used the Micro Pen .05 but I have had trouble using them on fabric with a print (like the dots I used above) chewing up the points. I'm trying both of the Pilot Frixion pens with a .05 point.
|ball and point style|
Another change I made is to the iron on transfer pencils I've used in the past this red transfer pencil from Aunt Martha came in handy before Micron Pens and other similar products were available.
Autumn weather has arrived to Ocala this week with dry cool sunny mornings, pleasant afternoons and cool evenings. We had some rain last night and today it's a little rainy and breezy, I have heard the tinkling of my wind chimes non-stop all morning long. It's the perfect time for a nice cup of tea and some slow stitching.