The first favorite blouse I remember owning was, I think, a piece of leftover Polish peasantry. A white on white embroidered top with a loose tie at the center and puff sleeves, it embodied the earthy look. It earmarked my heritage while looking generally innocuous and cute.
Machine embroidery has long since replaced the complicated by-hand patterns. Even so, there’s still a certain joy in an embroidered look – it gives a sense of earthiness and connection that you normally can’t get from mass produced clothing. Admittedly, there’s probably a lot less blood sacrificed in machine embroidery – just doing a cross stitch on a hanky as a kid certainly left me bonded to a few pieces of cloth I’d rather not be.
These pieces are close to summer only, and a few might sneak into fall – if chosen very, very carefully. Embroidery is a sign of “I have time for it,” and while we enjoy the deliberate slow down in pleasant weather, details like fine stitching – those are lost in the hustle of fall.
- Embroidery Links (dollenvy.WordPress.com)
- 1912 Quarter-Scale Blouse Observations – and Questions for Other E1000 Blouse Testers. (vpll1912project.org)
- Etsy Daily: Vintage Embroidered Wall Art (awakenedaesthetic.com)
This follow-up to the best-selling Doodle Stitching offers fans expanded and updated basics, 400+ easy embroidery motifs on the page and on a CD sealed in the back of the book, 17 projects, and lots of added inspiration. More than a dozen categories include Alphabet, Asian Chic, Baby, Celebrations, Embellishments, Fruits & Veggies, Space, Trees, Flowers, Winged Wonders, and Woodland Creatures-and each section includes one motif stitched by the author.
The motifs on the CD are in simple black lines, so readers can easily manipulate them using their own image-editing software, print them out, and transfer them onto their substrate of choice using the instructions in the book.
Wearables: Jewelry, pajama pants, hat and mittens o Home Décor: Fabric basket, decorative wall hangings, more o Gift Items: Keepsake gift bags