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Weekend Stitching: Didn’t Do Much, But…


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This weekend, I didn’t manage a whole lot of embroidery-related tasks, much to my disappointment. Still, I did manage a couple things: 1. to assemble a couple projects into easy-access packages so that, when I can snatch some time for stitching, they’ll be ready for snatching; 2. to stitch up most of a towel, thanks to some late night hours…

I’m stitching up a few sets of flour sack towels for Christmas presents. The designs are varied. Some I drew, some I copied, some I adapted. In every case, I tried to keep the designs relatively bold, with clean lines, for quick stitching in a variety of line stitches.

Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels for Christmas Presents, 2008

After ironing a couple towels and tracing the designs on to them using a light box and pencil, I selected no more than six colors (but in truth, I think four colors are sufficient), and put the threads and the folded towel into a handy-dandy zip-loc bag. Now, when I have time to devote to this kind of embroidery, I’ve got everything on hand to start one of these projects. I’m glad about that, because I only have a gazillion more projects to complete before the holidays!!

Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels for Christmas Presents, 2008

I had a bit of time later Saturday evening for some focused stitching, so I set out on one of the towels.

Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels for Christmas Presents, 2008

I’m just using four colors (two shades of green, a darker burnt red, and a reddish-orange) and two stitches – stem stitch and chain stitch.

Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels for Christmas Presents, 2008

I was going to throw two shades of blue in with these colors, but I’m glad that I didn’t!

Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels for Christmas Presents, 2008

I’m about two-thirds of the way finished on this one. I’m only doing one corner – enough for a splash of color.

Here’s hoping that this week presents a few more opportunities to make some headway on Christmas gifts! I’m under a little crunch at work, so we’ll see what develops on the home front in the evenings. I still have the front of the goldwork and silk ornament to complete – just a tiny bit more to go! Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can finish it this week!

If you haven’t signed up for this month’s stash give-away, don’t miss your opportunity to win some really good threads and stuff!

That about covers my weekend as far as embroidery goes – I hope you had the opportunity to spend more time with your needle ‘n thread and were able to accomplish everything you wanted to!

Enjoy your Monday!


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  1. Mary, I can’t tell you how much I have been enjoying your site. I love seeing the vast number of on-going projects that you have going at once. Makes me feel good knowing that I’m not the only one!

    Thanks for all of your effort.


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