Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WHEN I have time...

this is what I dream of learning...learning to know more than 3 embroidery stitches...you could call this one of my "goals"...I know it's not a biggie..and believe me, I have tried on numerous occasions. I'm sure if you were to check my Library records,you would see this book and others on embroidery having been checked out more than 5 times...
Anyway...here's a sneak peak into this wonderful book by Eaglemoss Publications.
Embroidery reminds me of painting...but with threads...I am a very touchy feely textile person...and love the feel of fabrics which have been worked on...
this book illustrates each stitch so well...that I'm sure I could learn a couple of new stitches. Somebody drew these illustrations...I'm sure they were able to Ebroider too!
I'm facinated by these knots...they look like they would last a life-time.
Look at this, you can make a ruffle with thread which hasn't been cut...love this.
These are some of my absolute favourites.

Look how beautiful and simple these Japanese stiches are...do think they really used them for "Darning"? Not so sure...
Good enough to EAT!!!

Smocking...but in this book they show smocking pillows and dresses...a labour of love...definitely.

Another Book which I picked up was this one :

It`s by Katie Cole...I have been searching for something like this. Being a stay at home Mum with limited funds...we have to re-use and re-cycle clothes to the best we can.
I know Little Miss A and Little Miss J would love some new clothes...so lets get creative!
Here are a few pages of inspiration from the book.

So many of us throw away, or donate clothes even if they`re in good shape...we're just board of them.

Look at how fun you can make a plain old T-Shirt...

Hearts and frills...every girls dreams...

Petals of spring...brighten up those dull clothes...don't throw them out!

This is what I have so far...an Easter Dress...
A pair of old jeans...a frilly top which shrunk and never looked right on me...

An old pair of plaid shorts...I loved them SO much that I wore out the back-end...

The perfect top which already had..."I Love YOU forever" in print on it...just perfect.

It's the start of many...gotta get creative with what we have.

Do you re-cycle and re-use your clothes?

Hope you're enjoying your Wednesday.

Char,ON

9 comments:

T @ Poppy Place said...

Thanks for sharing, will have to take a look at the embroidery book :) I haven't done hardly any in years and need a book like that.

BTW, the darning stitch is a basic that I still use occasionally now, yep to darn, call me old fashioned but it works, :) T.

andrea creates said...

I just love embroidery.Sometimes when I'm really patient I even do a little.But alas that's not too often ;)
I wish I knew how to better-maybe a little practice with a book like this.
What fun t-shirts! Sometimes we do fun things with our clothes.Or I save really special things in nice fabrics to repurpose :)
Take care~

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

love all those yummy stitches...

and yes, I take clothes that no longer fit my daughter say a dress...and re work it so that it becomes a shirt....adding details...pockets...embroidery...applique...it's lots of fun!

i especially love going to the thrift store for old denim skirts to apply some creative stuff to them as well...

thanks for sharing...
ciao

cindy said...

i love the illustrations and that smocking looks exactly like the apron my mom made years ago. just a coincidence, but it makes me happy to see it in the book. no doubt you could do all of it!

Tyggereye said...

I love that book! I need it too!! I dream to learn more embroidery techniques also.

Deborah Ross said...

I wish so much that I could do all of these things, embroider, crochet ( I used to ) and knit, not to mention smocking, but it seems like a steel door shuts in front of my brain when I even think about them. I really envy everyone who can do them.
Thank you for visiting my blog because now I've found yours.

PilliPilli Handmade said...

If you just heard a loud thud... that was me fainting, and falling off my chair!

No seriously, those are two really pretty books you got there! Especially the one on embroidery, because, believe it or not, If I have time... (I only know 2 stitches...)
:OI

((hugs))
katrien

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

I need to reorganise my time to be able to do these kind of things! You clever clever woman! Great books!!!
Tam xx

SWIRL said...

i love the idea of adding embelishments to odd clothes to give them a fresh look... I am definantly guilty of giving away- perfectly good clothes... but I just bought a sewing machine.. so I can do this type of altering... thanks for some inspiration!

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