Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stitched up



Knowing that if I don't start a new project soon after collecting supplies that it'll probably sit around untouched for some time (last winter's quilting book and fabrics are now gathering dust), I pulled out the iron-on transfers, tea-towel and embroidery threads I bought at Calico and Ivy in Balmain last week.


These Aunt Martha's transfers, $3.50 a set, are the cutest things, with a kitchen-tea type design for every day of the week. As I've never done any embroidery before, I limited myself to five different thread colours to test one out.

Love it. Who knew something called a lazy daisy stitch could be so easy or fun to do? (Rhetorical question, as I know there'd be lots of you!)

Love the vintage-style sewing/knitting sack, $9.90, I bought at the same time to keep my embroidery bits together almost as much.


The plan is to get around to making all seven, with different five-thread colourways.

I can't claim this embroidered teatowel idea as my own, I must admit. Calico and Ivy's cleverer-than-me Sarah had stitched up one and put it in the shop as an example. I even bought the threads and tea-towel there.

That's my style of one-stop shopping.







4 comments:

  1. beautiful. vera, is that a hemp tea towel?
    that looks just like the ones ive been drooling over....

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  2. That's what I need. Iron on transfers. I bought stencils last summer that are actually dotted lines which have to be put on with some sort of fabric pen or a pencil and I'm not keen on all that dotting. I've wanted to do embroidery for years but not so sure about all the stitches. I just want it to be quick and easy. Looks like you are off to a great start. Have fun. Best wishes, Tammy

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  3. That looks very sweet. I treasure the hand embroideries I inherited from my grandmothers. Perhaps these teatowels of yours should be more for show than use so that someone can feel the same about them in the future?

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  4. Oh how I wish there was a Calico and Ivy in Melbourne! Worth a trip to Sydney I think...xx

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