Embroidery not by the numbers

Inspired by the creativity of the entries to the Fabulous not-a-contest Giveaway!, I decided to take a bit of break from what I must accomplish and so spent the entire day attempting to embroider a reduced-sized transfer to an even smaller surface. I’ve now set the project aside. Hopefully, I’ll arise in the morning with a new perspective (literally) and stitching prowess.  
I do so want to embroider better, a longing that has intensified as my collection of household stitchery grows. In my writing room, I’m surrounded by not only hundreds of aprons but also stacks and bins and shelves of luciously stitched goods, with this set of His and Her towels as one of my favorites 

Oh, to drape a lavatory towel bar with handtoweling such as this.  In my dreams. For honestly, I couldn’t bear for either towel to be really used. I can just hear myself shrieking NO!!! as HIS swabbed at shaving cream residue.  Of course, HERS would remain pristine. ha

Which brings me to sharing this 3-D marital portrait:

I purchased this bit of high end art for $10.00, which I think was an absolute steal. It’s about 3/4″ thick from the inside ledge where the couple “rests” to the back of the frame.  Figuring out how it was done provides endless fascination and entertainment.  Or just a giggle, which I sure needed after a day lost to expressing myself through thread.

Oh, well, as my favorite literary muse would note, Tomorrow is another day.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. I found some wonderful transfers at an antique store. How would one go to transfer them but not transfer them? http://angelbottomsboutique.blogspot.com/2009/03/we-went-treasure-hunting-d.html

    You have inspired me to go in a different direction with my sewing. Now my mom on the other hand has been teaching my children to embroider. She is a cancer survivor. I stood in my kitchen doing my motherly duties to hear from my mom’s side (she has a mother in law suite 😉 ) the giggles of my children (11yo son, 8yo daughter and 4yo son) and the teachings of my mom. She was teaching them to “stitch” as she puts it. She does some magnificent work. She doesn’t care for the counted cross stitch but she was eying up my vintage transfers. That is why I ask how to use them and not to use them?

    Jo Lynn

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