Flowers for Elizabeth Pillow

Embroidered pillows!

Embroidered pillows!

Hooray! Yippee! Woooeeee! I got out the sewing machine and made two embroidered pieces into SOMETHING! If you’re like me, the joy of embroidering is the stitching. Laying out the design and transferring it to the fabric might not be interesting but both are necessary so we don’t mind doing them so much. Stretching in on to […]


Flowers for Elizabeth Pillow Completed

Flowers for Elizabeth Pillow Completed

I thought those of you who have been following my progress on the Flowers for Elizabeth project might want to know which Renaissance Dyeing thread colors I used. Below you can download a pdf chart of the Paternayan thread colors Susan O’Connor calls for in her book and the Renaissance Dyeing thread colors I’ve used. The colors […]


Measure twice, stitch once

Measure twice, stitch once

The gold border is done and the piece is finished. But it was not a fast finish. The details are often what make or break any project. My grandfather and my father and my brothers all do wood working – beautiful wood working – as a hobby. Taking care, measuring and going slowly were lessons I […]


A black border and thin thread

A black border and thin thread

After getting some good advice from my readers about the border, I decided to go with a simple black chain stitch for the diamond shapes that surround the flower motifs. I worked the stitch with one thread of Renaissance Dyeing wool so the weight of the line wouldn’t be too heavy and overpower the rest of the design. […]


Acorns and Gillyflowers

Acorns and Gillyflowers

The flower motifs are all finished and now all I have left to do are the diamond boarders. The question is, with what and how? Ribbon? Stitched? Combination? Watch this space. The acorns with all the french knots were a bit tricky. Getting enough knots into a small space so it looks full but not […]


Strawberries and cornflowers finished

Strawberries and cornflowers finished

It’s close to being finished! (Well, not really, but closer…) The cornflower/strawberry design is finished and I just love all of it. The cornflowers look perfect and Susan O’Connor’s idea of using layered fly stitch to make the corn flower petals is brilliant! It really worked! The strawberries are wonderful – but couched strawberries are […]


Welcome to my new internet home!

Welcome to my new internet home!

As you can see, I spent most of yesterday on the blog site. My brother and I had a two hour call on skype (I love skype!)  to get things worked out. He is a programmer – I am an embroiderer. He walked me through most of what I had to do from my computer […]


Some progress…

Some progress...

I embroidered today but not as much as I wanted to. Other things to do… Here is what my stitching spot looked like for too much of the day – abandoned!


Flowers for Elizabeth and Renaissance Dyeing Threads

Flowers for Elizabeth and Renaissance Dyeing Threads

I got a great start on my miniature Elizabethan panel the last couple days. I’m using designs from Flowers for Elizabeth but I’ve arranged them for use in a panel rather than a pillow or blanket. This is a test for a much larger project I have planned for the future. (Watch this space!) I […]