Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Little Stitching

Hello, Dear Ones! I wanted to show you a little stitching! I love to embroider and just don't do it as often as I would like. But I did take the time to embroider a little dresser scarf or runner, as we call them today.

As you can see, this is not an iron on pattern. I am always looking at olden embroidery designs online and keep them in a folder on my puter. I decided I would use this little Southern Belle so I enlarged the graphic I had and then outlined it with a dark marker so I could trace it in pencil on my fabric. I have been known to hold up my tracing and fabric to a bright window and just trace away on the window. I'm so talented like that, you know! :)


Here you can see I had started stitching and adding my colors. If you're wondering, the scarf or runner was from Hobby Lobby just waiting for a pattern to stitch. So...I drew this little Southern Belle on both ends.


Ta Dah!! Finished! Do you like her? This reminds me so much of my grandma's pieces she would embroider!


I wanted to show you her little curls. Am I good, or what? :) The curls are little French Knots gone wild! My dainty creamy most talented little fingers were just going to town. Oops, I was notified that I forgot to stitch the back of my little Southern Belle's neck! :)


Look really closely. I wanted you to see the magnificence of my work! I just amaze myself sometimes. You know I'm teasing, don't you? :)


See, my little Southern Belle has the most dainty creamy little hands too as she holds the water can to give the little red flowers a drink of water.


She also has dainty tiny little tootsies too! Oh, she is one delicate little flower of a Southern Belle.


I do believe she turned out pretty sweet. Maybe someday little Carter will say - My Grandma did this! :)

Here you can see the designs on each end. Now my tiny creamy delicate most talented fingers must rest a bit! I will go on and I will stitch again! :)




Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Daydream Believer

Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
But it rings and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin' razor's cold and it stings.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

You once thought of me
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be.
Oh, and our good times start and end
Without dollar one to spend.
But how much, baby, do we really need.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
~sung by The Monkees




61 comments:

  1. She is very sweet and very vintage looking. Now my grandma would say, "but what does the back look like?" she thought it should look almost as good as the front!!

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  2. I love the old-fashioned girl. I have seen pillow cases with a similar design. You are very good with hand stitching. xo,

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  3. You are talented! It looks just like the ones my grandmother did, too. Is it hot in Texas? We are to have a scorcher this weekend in Colorado! Stay cool. Sally

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  4. How beautiful, Shelia! We had many of these at one time, made my an elderly neighbor lady.

    The hair on your Southern Belle is cute as can be. I love it! Mildred

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  5. Simply divine! I love it!

    xo~Rebecca

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  6. I still have a few pieces that I did. That was so many years ago. I would love to try my hand at it again. Your runner is lovely with that cute little lady.

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  7. So cute, Sheila. I love her little curls.

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  8. I don't blog much these days but when I do, i must stop over to visit you. Your embroidered southern girl is adorable, so much love and work put into pieces like this and that makes it even more special. Your runner will be enjoyed for many years to come.
    hugs
    janet

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  9. Very sweet...love her hair! Those little knots are fun to make. :D

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  10. Your sweet southern belle looks beautiful. I love it!

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  11. What a beautiful needlework. The embroidery pattern is so lovely.

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  12. Your embroidery is fabulous. I've often held up things on my windows to copy... even used the t.v. and the computer screen when its dark outside LOL You can also.... iron a printed copy onto fabric, that works too--- depending on your printers ink. You should give it a try ;-)

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  13. That is such a pretty runner! Your stitching is so neat and those French knots...beautiful! Great job. I hope Carter will appreciate it someday too. Have a great day Shelia! Blessings, Pamela

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  14. Shelia how Pretty! The first thing I thought of was my grandmother and the pieces she would embroider. Such a lost craft these days. My grandmother Rose was a seamstress and embroidered theater curtains for the Hippodrome Theater in NYC in the early 1900's. She would teach me on pieces similar to yours. I so wish I held on to them. Thank you for bringing up such happy memories for me.

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  15. Thanks for visiting, Kathleen and the sweet story about your grandmother! Oh, that's amazing knowing she worked on those theater curtains. Wonder what happened to them?
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  16. She is beautiful Miss Shelia... I love to embroider too and haven't done it in years. Gorgeous work and I am sure Carter will be showing it off someday!
    {{{HUGS}}}
    Donna

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  17. Your runner turned out so cute Sheila! I noticed the French knots right away:@)

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  18. Shelia, she is so beautiful and I love the soft colors. I used to do Crewel work all the time.

    The runner is just perfect!

    Happy Wednesday!
    Hugs, Barb

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  19. How lovely, Shelia! You certainly have a talent for embroidery. It makes me want to pull the tea towel out that I started many, many months ago and finish it up. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I've always loved the Daydream Believer song too! The Monkees did a great job with it, and I always loved Anne Murray's recording of it too.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

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  20. Beautiful! I cross stitch but have never embroidered. I wonder if it is harder than cross stitch? Of course both use French Knots! Love yours! :0)

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  21. Shelia,
    Just lovely, dear! Sometimes, we need to use our hands and let the creativity flow from our inner beings outward! Thank you for sharing another of your many talents with us in Blog Land!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  22. Oh my are you talented! I wish we lived closer so you could give me instruction.

    I have a giveaway going. Come by.

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  23. I adore her. She's fabulous!

    Waving from Our Back Porch,
    Rebecca

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  24. That turned out GREAT, Shelia! I'm impressed with your handwork, truly. I like to smock but my embroidery skills aren't up to par. Yours look lovely & I'm glad you've created such a sweet heirloom. I remember many a pillowcase done in similar fashion by my grandmother. :-)

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  25. This is so beautiful! We recently bought some used "antique" furniture on Craigslist for my now guest room (daughter moved out) and that might be what is missing on the bureau. :)

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  26. You are such a talented lady!!! Love this!!! Have a beautiful day!!

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  27. Beautiful Shelia, I have several my Mother, Aunt and My Betty made for me. They are priceless treasures. hugs ~lynne~

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  28. Hello dear Shelia,
    Your dresser scarf is adorable! You did a marvelous job on it, it is very sweet!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  29. Oh Shelia,
    She turned out pretty as a button...These beautiful belles always remaind me of my grandmother too. She had some pillowcases with them adorning the edges...I think my oldest sister was the lucky one who got them...So pretty. Great needle work.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  30. How beautiful! It brought back so memories of pillowcases and dish towels my grandmothers and aunts would make. Thanks for sharing!
    Candy

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  31. I think you should insure your fingers they are so valuable! :) Precious curls. Perhaps you should embroider Carter's initials and your own on it. Nice keepsake.

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  32. She is DARLING! I just love pieces like these. I want to find some redwork.... only I want to do them in blue. I just can't seem to find something that I really love.....

    Thanks for popping by and saying hey! You little sweetie! :)

    ~Liz

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  33. Very nice indeed! I did "look closely" at your fine stitchery, and I believe that you may have forgotten to finish the back of that dear girls neck! ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    I am still unable to leave a signed google comment :(
    http://bunnyjeansdecorandmore.blogspot.com

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  34. Shelia that is really beautiful. Your work is great.. I love the design. I was such a fan of the Monkees but never know the words to that song.

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  35. Such pretty stitches Shelia!! I bought the cutest transfer set a few years ago of teapots - want to make a set of towels- time time time.....

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  36. I absolutely adore it, your creamy little fingers are oh so talented! I like the idea about tracing it on a brightly lite window, you are such a clever girl!

    Hugs, Bridge

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  37. Oh how pretty. You are a gal after my own heart. I love to embrodery also. The dresser scarf is gorgeous and you did a beautiful job. Thanks so much for sharing your loveliness. Hugs, Karie

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  38. Hi Shelia...
    What a pretty project ... very lovely, love the curly hairs... and how vintage look it has... adorable
    wish you pay a visit to me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    love
    Farah

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  39. Oh it's so lovely! Your stitches are so perfect and tiny!

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  40. Good morning Shelia, I adore your sunbonnet girl. Yes, she is the perfect Southern Belle. I too love to embroider and I am terrible at finishing what I start. Sigh! Your curls are beeeeutifull. I would not have thought to use French knots in the same way. See, I learned something today. You are a lovely stitcher my sweet friend. I know you tease us but girl you are talented in so many ways.

    I missed your lipstick post and I need to tell you that your table looks wonderful. I love roosters and fruit. If you find it missing, look for it in my house. smile. I also love transfer dishes in any color. We do have much in common.
    Your decorating is always the perfect look for my taste in design. I love visiting your Blog.

    Have a happy day my dear Texas friend,
    Love, Jeanne

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  41. How pretty! I would love to try to embroidery this summer! It's on my list of summer projects! And this design is one of my favs! ♥

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  42. Shelia I love her!...sweet stitches from a sweetheart.She looks lovely!
    ~JO
    LazyonLoblolly

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  43. What a pleasure it is to read your blog for the first time! I am new to this strange blogging world. I would love to have a blog but have not worked up the courage to try. We have a lot in common. I am from the south (Arkansas) and I am also a young grandmother and I have four grandchildren. I love the color red and toile, roosters, embroidery, and of course above all, the Lord who has changed my life.Your cheerful blog has certainly lifted my spirit today. In His service.

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  44. Sheila,
    Note Songs is our blog of the week. I have your button on my sidebar now, and if I have time, I'll do a little post on your blog. I just may not have time, my mother-in-law just got moved to hospice today. Blessings!!

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  45. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    What a beautiful piece of embroidery you did. That Southern Belle is a lovely piece and you embroider so well..I love your curls and twists. I could never do anything like that in the way you did. It is beautiful and such an inspirtation....I am sure your little Carter will say that one day. What a sweet thought.
    have a wonderful evening.
    Judi

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  46. HI SHELIA.I ADORE THE OLFASSIONG GIRL, YOU ARE ALWY SO CREATIVE,I HAVE BEEN THIKING AT SOME PROYECT FOR A RAINY DAY AND I THINK EMBROIDERY WILL BE PERFECT.WE MUST PRESERVE THIS ART BEFORE IT GETS LOST,CAN YOU SOME DAY TEACH US BABY STEPS IN HOW TO PLESE.I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN YOUR TALENT EVERY TIME I VISIT YOUR BLOG I M REFRESH,YOU ARE A WONDERFUL HOME MAKER AND SO GOOD WITH THE CAMERA,THANK YOU FOR TAKEN THE TIME TO REFRESH OUR SOULS...A BIG HUG ..BLESSINGS..SANDRA

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  47. Miss Shelia~

    Thank you for visiting me today. Your kind words bless me.

    Still stitching???

    :)

    xoRebecca

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  48. I really love this! I sure wish I could embroider like that. Just lovely. :)

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  49. I just love needlework of all kinds. I cross stich, needlepoint and embroidery. I love yours; it turned out beautifully!

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  50. So sweet, Shelia! I love the runner, great job! Have a fabulous weekend! XO ~Liz

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  51. I am in love with her, Shelia. You are amazing, and I bow to your many talents.

    Of course, you know I bow down to you.♥♥♥

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  52. Your embroidery is flawless! My grandmother taught me to sew on a dresser scarf.
    30 yrs. ago I bought a box of antique patterns and they sat for all those years while I was busy raising children and running a business.
    Now that I've got time I've been painstakingly copying them. Hopefully I'll open an etsy shop!
    I used to hurry home from school to see the Monkees! I loved them. Davey was my favorite, of course.
    I'm so glad I found your blog. I've become a follower.

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  54. Hello dear Shelia; I just love her,, she is so pretty... my Mom used to make those and I one of them on my table.... your runner looks so pretty there.... have a great weekend.
    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  55. Oh Sheila... You made me laugh out loud. What a funny chickie you are.... well, what with those creamy white fingers and alllll....you're so talented too. :-) What a cute Sue.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  56. Sweet design and beautiful work, Shelia. Reminds me of work my grandmother and mother did. ;-)

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  57. Seriously that IS amazing!! She's (on both ends) absolutely precious!! I would really love to learn to stitch like that Shelia. It reminds me so much of my Grandmother. Vanna

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  58. What a sweet little girl! Love the design and your pretty, little stitches get and A+!
    ~Adrienne~

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