In a "former life" I was a needlework junkie, that's for sure. I tried it all -- or at least MOST of it. It was a challenge to learn as many of the crafts as I could.
That was then and then there's now. I wonder if my desire to do needlework shall ever return. During my recent downsizing/decluttering I have lingered over unfinished projects and supplies bought for endeavors never even begun. I wistfully think, "I should finish this one."
But alas, I put it back and think "someday."
Should I ever decide to return to my needlework passion, it certainly won't be because I need a piece to display in the house. I thought I'd show you some of what's already here.
|Close-up of the detail in the above piece.|
|Bargello was my "thing" in the 1970s. I couldn't begin to count how many pillow tops I made and mostly gave away as gifts. This is a detail of the work in the framed picture below.|
|The green is more accurately reflected in this photo than the blue-green in the detail above.|
|Another favorite. I love Oriental needlepoint.|
|Needlepoint bell pull hanging in the family room. 1980s|
|Detail of the bell pull.|
|Completed in the 1970s, when nasturtiums were my favorite annual to grow in the garden.|
|Needlepoint picture, 1990s.|
|Needlepoint country scene by my mother-in-law, Rose Martel.|
|Old woman at the spinning wheel, a needlework picture by Rose Martel.|
|I think this was my first venture into crewel embroidery. I first made a pillow of it and a few years ago, decided to have it framed.|
|Crewel embroidery/cross stitch sampler and tree of life, designed by Elsa Williams. I always loved her designs and have several of her kits -- uncompleted of course!|
|Close up of my crewel embroidery work in the above sampler.|
|Another Elsa Williams design. I have the matching pillow top/stool cover that really would look nice displayed alongside this bell pull.|
|Crewel embroidery (one of four). Hummel figurine designs.The handwork was not done by me, but were gifts.|
|A beautiful quilt that I pieced and mother and I hand-quilted. It's completed except for binding the edges. Why don't I just do that and call it done?|
|A "baby" quilt (in size). Patchwork from Laura Ashley fabrics. Still needs to be quilted. Maybe I'll complete it should a girl grandchild arrive one of these years!|
|My Christmas quilt. 1990s.|
|Above and below, details of trapunto piece.|
|A stylized flag.|
|A quilt storage cabinet hold many quilts mother made and gave me.|
|A gift from my sweet sister when we built the house in 1993.|
|A gift from my sister-in-law Annie.|
|Combination counted cross-stitch and some kind of paper-cutting.|
|Counted cross-stitch by Rose Martel|
(This was mother's craft of choice. I can't even begin to tell you how many doilies and other crocheted things she has given me over the years. Drawers and drawers full.)
|A pineapple design crocheted by mother.|
|Christmas tree skirt around which I crocheted a border.|
|Storage cabinet where I keep crocheted afghans, mostly made by mother.|
|I started china painting in the 1970s. This was my best piece.|
|Poppies in the above plate.|
|I tried china painting again in the 1990s. This dogwood plate is not nearly so nice as the poppies. I must have lost my touch!|
Tell me about your craftiness and what of it you display in your home.