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April 2011

White Violets Transformed

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Well now.  I actually have a little bit of a sewing project to share today.  It seems like such a long time since I actually made something for the house, and although it's not a huge thing, it's something.  Remember white violets on linen?  Here's what has became of that little stitchery--it has been transformed  into a new "spring" pillow sleeve, to replace winter.  At long last.  It does feel good to be looking at flowers again.  In any form. 

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This was actually one of the winter projects that was featured in my book, Embroidery Craft:: Stitching Through the Seasons, under "Seasonal Pillow Sleeve" (pages 48-49), in case you are wondering how to make it; although it's pretty easy to work out just by looking.   

I found the wide gross-grain ribbon at a thrift shop some time ago.  I loved the color and was waiting for just the right project to use it--I think it works perfectly here.   Hand-carved mother-of-pearl buttons (made from abalone shells) are nice to display and enjoy on a pillow too.  Because matching ones are rarities in my button box.  So--a good way to use the "old maids".  Besides, they add charm & character, don't ya think?


White Flowers on Linen

Switching gears, but keeping with the flower theme this week---I took a little detour from the STATE FLOWER pattern blocks with this project over the weekend.  This delightful bouquet is part of the free-with-purchase bonus transfer for April 2011.  I used a long & short stitch for the filled areas (instead of a tighter satin-stitch), and I love the effect.  My plan for this is forthcoming--as I hope to get back to some serious sewing soon!