05 January 2010

Antique Embroidery Inspiration Project #1

I adore cucito.
I adore needlework

I love this little fragment of antique embroidery and have decide to make this my first counted cross stitch project...well...I guess I should say I will "attempt" this project. I have been practicing all week on a scrap to try and develop my rhythm.

Over the holidays I made my first attempt on a fine piece of Zweigart Swiss linen that I bought on Etsy with no idea how to even do counted cross stitch and nearly gave up. I made a trip to Joann Fabrics and found a sturdy piece of linen with holes that were much easier to see and also...the key...a magnifier..and now I am on a roll.

The needlework underneath is actually a tiny little antique footstool that I found on ebay the week that I was on vacation (am I the only person that peruses Ebay while on vacation?). My mind was full of needlework ideas once the bug hit. I will post more pictures of the stool tomorrow...it has a bit of a mystery behind it.


Stacey Cornelius said...

Kathy, I am beyond impressed and in awe. I haven't kept up my end of the bargain (yet). I need to tip my plate so some of the overflow runs off.

Looks like Marcello is doing right by you. Brava!

TheCluelessCrafter said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement re my knitting project.

I somehow missed this antique embroidery post. I am unsure of the process here. Did you come across a piece of vintage linen and copy the design onto another fabric to embroider?

Excuse me, Kathy, if this question seems absolutely dense:-(

Kathy G said...

Hey CC....This is a tiny antique needle book, probably circa 1860-70 that I found on Ebay. It is very fragile, nearly falling apart. I just loved the little basket design and bought it to copy. I am planning on making a kit using this design. I changed it up a bit as you can see in my later post "Cross Stitch Fruit Basket". No your question does not seem dense. I admire your sense of discovery in regard to becoming less clueless when it comes to crafting!