The Life and Projects of An Avid Hobbyist

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Commute...Old Love

My first ever textile craft was needlepoint...cross stitch to be exact.  My childhood babysitter created small projects to keep us busy after school and during the high heat of the summer months.

Over the years, I have strayed away from this craft except when it has been necessary, mostly only to create embellishments on other knitterly or sewn projects.

So as  I prepared for my new longer commute to work, I desired to dust off my needle point skills with a sampler project.  I have long been a fan of Mary Corbet’s blog Needle ‘N Thread.  It has lots of patterns and techniques that I find intriguing.  Several months ago, I came across a post that she did on hand embroidery text and lettering found here.  I had to try to create my own.  I purchased a Sublime Stitchery Most Awesome Tea Towel from my favorite local fabric shop Rock, Paper Scissors.  I also dug out all of my old threads and needles and hoops...please note I use the plural for all of these things (I've always been a bit of a craft hoarder)... 

Using Word, I created this display of fonts using ancient latin text historically used for typesetting (more info here...gotta love Cicero).

Next, I'll have to create a light box to transfer the image onto the cloth.  Let's see what all I can remember....curiouser and curiouser...~ksp


Donna Lee said...

Cross stitch (and crochet) were my first crafts. I have a container full of half finished embroidery pieces including a holiday tablecloth that will be gorgeous when it's done. Someday.

Livin' Blue Quilter said...

Glad to see you back..I love cross stitch (even though my eyesight protests) and also crochet. I am a novice when it comes to crochet but I keep trying.

Becky G said...

Yesterday, while reading my usual blogs and some new ones, i stumbled upon yours and glad I did! I have way too many interests & hobbies, so i get spread thin, especially handwork: currently, knitting, hand piecing, English paper piecing, rug hooking with wool strips, Needlepunch with floss, and embroidery. I also used to make smocked dresses for grandchildren and crocheted. I learned to do cross stitch from my Mother who owned a needle arts store, but never became proficient, nor did i learn needlepoint using the wonderful Patternaine (sp?) wool.
I have a large collection of kichen towels i have been meaning to embroider. You have encouraged me to go hunt them up, break out my flosses & stitch some! Thanks so much. Looking forward to reading your archived posts. Peace, b