Sunday, January 10, 2021

A Blast from the Past and Slow Stitching Sunday!

My son Nick and I were clearing out a few boxes and sorting through bins in the garage on Thursday mainly to unload things we haven't needed or missed since we moved in about 18 months ago.  We try to go through stuff every 6 months or so and we always manage to have a bag or two of stuff we no longer need and then I sort the stuff into donate or throw away.  Most gets donated like a huge bin full of ribbon and lace on spools that I barely touched since I picked them up at a thrift store. When I say bin I am not talking about a shoe box, It's this 56 quart large container.

Two of the bins had broken lids so I went through those first everything in them became a donate bins. In total I went through 8 bins and 4 bins off stuff will be donated tomorrow.  Three empty printer boxes can now go, we go through printers fast,  I usually keep the box until the next one is purchased. 
A new printer is one the way but this time to replace a defective printer we just bought in mid December.

So you may be wondering how does all this relate to slow stitching on a Sunday? A mere blast from the past while looking for several missing items that I use for embroidery (small light box and Sulky thread box) I came across one of the first hand embroideries I made before I ever knew stitches had names.


I don't recall the book the pattern was in, though I think it was an Erica Wilson design only because I recognize some of the animal motifs from one of her books. I had read several of her books, stitched a few of her Crewel embroidery kits in the 1970's, I believe this Garden of Eden was intended as crewel work but I did it with embroidery floss. I still do when I find a pattern I like.

When I first pulled this out of the bin I was shocked at the amount of satin stitch I did, it did bring back memories of separating strands of floss when 6 strands were too much.  Working this was such a learning experience for me and looking at it now I can see errors and bits of cleverness on my part. 

I made this a year before my son was born, he will be 40 next month. I had this hanging in a frame for about thirty years, the frame broke a few years after I moved to Florida so I packed it away. Once my son was born the hand embroidery was put on hold after making a few small wall hangings for his room. I wouldn't pick up hand embroidery again until 2014 when once again I was going through some craft bins and found a stash of embroidery floss. I haven't put my needle down since. 

Overall I love the piece, I put in hours of stitching and removing stitches, they way I transferred the design is almost comical, I traced the pattern from the book onto paper, then turned it over and retraced everything with an transfer pencil so I could iron it onto the fabric goodness I had so much to learn.

 It's in need of cleaning and perhaps be framed once again or stuffed back in the bin for another 30 years.

One other treasure I found in the bin is this piece of linen fabric from July 1964 (I was 9 years old), it measures 36x50 inches.

I suspect it was for a table cloth I have no clue whether it was to use as is or to be embroidered. Either way I knew I had to have it and I knew someday I would embroider something on it, sadly today is not that day.

In 1964 it sold for $2.20, I bought it for $1.00 at a thrift shop about 5 years ago. I have ideas swirling around in my head to embroider something on it for years I've had the idea of filling a sizable piece of fabric with embroidery so maybe it's time to pull out the sketch book.

I finished the embroidery on the January goddess, I haven't ironed out the wrinkles yet but I did wash off the stick and wash product, what a difference when all those black lines are gone.

I am linking my post today at Kathy's Quilts here  

I am also linking here at Life in Pieces for 15 Minutes to Stitch

After losing so much stitching time in 2020 mostly due to illness it will be nice to get some regular stitching time in, even if its only 15 minutes. 

For the record I did manage to stitch for at least 15 minutes 7days of the first week of January.

To keep me stitching I have once again joined the Facebook Group 1 Year of Stitches: 2021 and I still follow along with TAST and I joined the 2021 Journal Threaders Facebook group, I'll have a photo of my progress is a few days.  I don't stitch on the journal daily, and speaking of journals I just checked according to my stitching journal I began stitching the Garden of Eden in January 1980 completing it April 1980.


  1. Oh, the treasures we find when we go searching. Gosh, there is a lot of embroidery in your Adam and Eve piece and how fabulous you have a considerable length of linen fabric on which to play and stitch. Your January goddess is lovely

  2. What a treasure to find! You should frame it! I am amazed that you can go through those bins so quickly. My decision making is much slower. It has taken me all of 2020 to go through the basement and I still have lots more to go through.

  3. I love the story of your garage rummage and the treasures you found! Great you keep a stitching journal so you could place that 41 year old piece!

  4. Adam and Eve is lovely, bringing back so many memories of years gone by. Yes, you should get it reframed, and enjoy it again.

  5. Estoy segura de que fué toda una aventura la revisión de ésos contenedores y el gran hallazgo del jardín del edén.....
    Coser es una bonita afición y en especial el bordar es una técnica muy artística. BESICOS.

  6. What a great set of finds! I really, really need to do the same in our attic, but it's either way to cold or way to hot it seems. For a first piece that's really, really ambitious. It still looks great, the colors are so vibrant. Good luck with your efforts to fit in some stitching time most days. Hopefully 2021 is a much better year for you on all fronts. Thank you for linking up with 15 minutes to stitch this week.