Friday, March 14, 2014

College Stitching

I took several creative stitchery classes in college, HEAVEN! I learned that stitching was not just a joy and relaxation to me but actually recommended by many Dr's as a stress relieving activity.  We completed several small projects and explored a variety stitching. Let me tell you that was the best college homework ever!  I really wanted to take the regular sewing classes they offered but I couldn't afford the lab fees and fabric needed for the courses.  Someday I would really like to go back to school and get my Bachelor's degree and sneak in some of those courses I couldn't afford back then. This is also when I discovered the joy of linen. I grew up in a small town in Wyoming and supplies were limited I had always just used Aida.

I was going through all my stitching tubs looking for blending filament I know I have but can't find and came across a few of the small projects we did in these classes and thought I would share.  I put them in my finish pile so I can actually do something with them 20 something years later, lol.  I thought the tulip would be a cute center to a pillow.  I think this was called shadow work I remember it had several layers the yellow of the tulip is underneath the gauzy first layer.

This next one was my favorite that we did.  First I learned about linen instead of Aida cloth for stitching and I loved the stitches and pulled thread on this.  I think this would make a great top to a jewelry box.  The silk roses are a bit smashed from being in storage so long.    I put my 3 inch embroidery scissors in the pictures for scale.
 Not sure what to do with this one.  I might just frame it in a small frame.  It is the most delicate a couple of the strands on the purple have moved.  It was fun to find these again!

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