Wednesday 7 August 2013

summer stitching...

Hello lovelies! First I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my last post...every one of your comments was appreciated...lots of them made me laugh, some of them made me get a bit teary, and all of them made me very glad that I blog, and that you take the time to read what I have to say.  You are delightful and delicious and I would love to give you all a hug, or make you a nice cup of tea if you're not that keen on hugs from random people that you've never actually met!

We're on holiday in Cornwall at the mo, and my menfolk have gone off to watch a medieval joust at a nearby castle...of course I could have gone too, but I have been to a fair few castles in my time, and the lure of a pile of magazines, books, and DVDs was strong!  So I am 'home' alone today, and while I lounge about waiting for my freshly painted toenails to dry, I am planning a new crafty project.  I used to do embroidery and applique quite a bit when I was younger, but in recent years my obsession with vintage patterned fabric has overtaken me, and it's been a long time since I did anything fancy with a needle and thread.  Then recently I saw this gorgeous piece of vintage embroidery over on Lazy Daisy Jones's lovely blog, and realised it's time to get stitching again. 

I love the details of the different stitches...

So here I am, with some white linen, a rainbow of embroidery thread, and an urge to stitch. Here are a few more pictures that I'm finding inspiring, all from my 'Sew and Stitch' Pinterest Board...some vintage...

and some much more contemporary...

Takashi Iwasaki
Takashi Iwasaki

Mariposima: I can see music Via happy crafts tumblr
by Smallest Forest
Right, my toenails are dry, and I'm itching to get stitching...hope you're all having a lovely week!

Rachel x


  1. Hello my love, I'm sorry I missed your last post. I had been wondering what you were up to in recent times. I imagined you were doing just as you've said concentrating on those moment before your youngest heads off to school.

    I love seeing your posts wen you pop up.

    I hope you'll pop back soon and share how the above inspirations e worked their way into a piece you've put together. I'm rather smitten with first two pieces of inspiration. But I'm such a sucker for retro floral scenes.

    Stay well lovely, enjoy your little one and the moments you have left. X

  2. How funny... When I saw that cat on LDJ blog it inspired me to want to try embroidery for the very first time.... I adore it... I've found an old embroidery book from the 60's and lots of threads... just got to decide what to do. Loving that scandi blue combo too.. I look forward to seeing your stitching! Cx

  3. Oh I love embroidery too and often have the itch to stitch ... looking forward to seeing your creations ... Bee xx

  4. As usual Rachel you bowled me over with vintage gorgeousness! Hope you enjoy your hols

  5. Ps totally agree with you on a day to yourself! Jxx

  6. Amazing stitching!
    Some of those have taken hours and hours, they are so beautiful, I love stitching but I haven't in so long and now I'm really eager to see what you create, I might have to follow suit and make something!
    Have a great rest of your holiday,
    Tammy x

  7. My Mum used to do embroidery, think I might have a little go this winter but the crochet has taken over somewhat! Enjoy your holiday! :) x

  8. Even I have had a little go since finding that pic!....nothing fancy

    How nice my pic has inspired others.

    ....cannot wait to see yours you clever stick!
    Hurry up.....
    Daisy xxxx

  9. Oh what gorgeous images! I can see why you're inspired, I would be too. I love hand sewing. x

  10. These are all so gorgeous, I just love the pretty vintage ones but that last design with the triangles is lovely too - i'd quite like to try something like that! Hope you had a great holiday. xx

  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous stitching ... I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

  12. Oh my! Those pieces really do make you want to start stitching away, don't they!? I think if I were home I'd be running for the thread. :D

  13. You might be surprised to hear that I am rather fond of embroidery - all sorts and these are particularly fine
    Best wishes


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