c1805 Girl's Crimson Gown & Spencer Jacket 213.2003.46
Monday, May 23, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Life has gotten quick! One can mail a letter to the other side of the world and back again in 24 hours...need to talk to someone ...just call them~ nearly everyone(but not me!) these days has a cellular phone and has obviously no problem talking wherever they are at...news happens one second and the next everyone knows about it. Quick hurry~ we need to go here or there~ zoom here or zoom there....come on~ hurry hurry!
It makes me sad. The children hate it when I have no TV days....when I make them sit at the table to eat supper....ahhh what happens??? No shows? No mindless dribble streaming from the electronic babysitter in the living room? What happens...we all sit and talk and end up having a nice time.
Stitching to me is no different. Why do it if you don't enjoy the process? Stitching can pass the time when you are bored.... or when you are nervous or even upset about something....but its more than just passing time. Stitching can teach you things...about the fabric and thread of coarse...if you listen...but it can also teach you things about yourself. Unknowingly, we put all of our emotions into our stitching~ and weather we like it to or not, they show up again in the finished piece. Did Michelangelo hurry to paint the Last Supper in a weekend??? When you see a piece that speaks to you~ do you hear a voice in your head that says...'wow', that must have taken alot of time....I could never have the patience for that'....My answer to you is...sure you do! When I stitch, I am truly in my happy place, and spend my time remembering my early days learning to sew with my Great Grandma, my Mother, my Aunty Becky.....I also look at embroidery like a huge puzzle, full of tiny little pieces that each have their own way of going together. I enjoy the process.
I think, if more people took the time to slow down, and enjoy their process, whatever it may be, the world would be a much happier place.
So been working on my casket and spent a bit of time trying to decide what pearls to use for my initials...I have some pretty small, about 1.5mm seed pearls....and then I have some ridiculously tiny ones that are supposed to be 1mm...but I think they're more like half a mm....anyway, the top picture is my doodle of how the larger ones looked...which wasn't too bad, but up the the smaller ones (bottom foot of the R), they looked huge and clunky!
Of coarse, I decided I liked the little ones...really? I have to like the little ones? I cant even see the damn hole in these things!
Need I even mention, the holes are so small, not even my smallest needle would pass thru them? 'Bring it on' I say to myself...Ill just have to thread each one on by hand, no needle. So me being me, challenged myself to whip these little buggers into submission. I know how I would like my casket to look when I get it finished~ and the big clunky pearls just werent there in that picture in my mind. Would you go with the big pearls just because they were quicker and easier?? If so....why? Stitching is not a race. Its not a competition...well, unless you are specifically stitching a piece for a competition....but otherwise....why take the easy quick road? Why stitch the same thing over and over again??? Try something new! Challenge yourself the next time you find you are at a fork in your stitching road....the path less traveled may have more challenges for you, but in those challenges are more rewards
Take your time! Take Joy in your process!
Monday, May 16, 2016
1830-50 Lady's Chemise, 111.2000.42this one at the Met Museum..tho theirs is of coarse presented on a better form than mine. Family provenance dates this piece to the 1830's, and we all know how horribly mixed up family provenances can be....but upon inspecting the details, I really do think it is that early....so lets look at all those great details!
The yoke is shaped into wonderful points over the shoulders
I left this picture large, so you can appreciate the expertly placed stitches~ this is a view of the inside of one of the side seams, at the hem.
I hope you enjoyed this Museum Monday. Feel free to pick a number and leave in the comments below for a chance to be chosen for next weeks Museum Monday!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Snoopy Sundays....Picky Peeks......Number Nibbles????
Since I just pulled this guy from the freezer, Ill start with him~ no. 918~(918.2016.41). This is a closeup of the top of a boy's brown wool hat, c1865-70. Patent leather edging, with silk covered buttons, cord and chenille trim. If you are wondering why it was hanging out in the freezer, it was to kill any stray wee beasties! I am very careful to not introduce any bugs into my storage, so when I get something new, its get s a thorough check for insects, eggs, seeds....bug carcasses.....anything living that would want to feast on the fibers. Hats are particularly hard to check, because there are so many nooks and crannies, and in this instance, so much area on the inside one cannot get into to see...so they go into the freezer for at least 2 weeks. Wools in particular are so very fragile and susceptible to moth damage, one can never be too careful!
So please leave me a comment for a number~ you can post up to three numbers!!
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Happy Mother's Day!
And as for me....What better Mother's Day present is there than your son being inducted into the National Honor Society? Am so proud of my lil Joshie....but I suppose, since hes over 6' tall now, I should probably start calling him Josh....It was fun looking thru the membership book after his ceremony to find his big sisters name there.....no pressure for his two other sisters or anything......
It was kind of hard to choose my designs...well, I have a million designs in my head, what was hard was choosing what designs would go on the flat top, and what ones would go on my double casket.... I decided the flat top will have all of my favorite things on it....unicorns, mermaid, angels, snails, animals and roses roses roses everywhere! I should be able to get quite a bit of detail with the beads Im using, all are 30 or more beads per inch....the weensie teensie ones!
I hope ya'll have a wonderful weekend & make some time to do something that makes you happy!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Dressing a Slate Frame
First off, you will notice that my hand made frames are a little different than some other mass produced frames available~ mine do not have any nylon webbing attached. Not only is this the period correct configuration, I think, once you try it, you will find it much simpler to mount your fabric by lacing all four sides than just two. So, to begin~ as seen above, you will need your slate frame, pegs(just four), scissors, prepared fabric, lacing cord and needle with big enough eye to fit your lacing cord thru.
To prepare the fabric for mounting, turn over the edges and stitch at least once~ this will keep the edge from raveling on you, and will also add some strength to it and keep the lacing from ripping out thru a bare edge. For large pieces of fabric, especially if you are using my large 36" frame, I highly suggest turning the edge over a cording.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Service with a Smile~ Always