Wednesday, June 4, 2008

sublime stitching

So, in all of my antiquing ventures over the years there is one thing that I have always been attracted to--adorable hand-sewn embroidery on napkins, bar towels, curtains, name it. There is something so quaint and eye-catching about a colorful, fun, cheeky design to add a little flare to vintage linens. While I have enjoyed collecting these, when I can find them in good condition, I have always had a desire to master the craft myself. The problem has been that I assumed this was a dead art, something women of the past delved into that lost it's appeal as work schedules and embroidery machines pushed their way into prominence. 

Not so my friend, not so. 

I recently discovered a fabulous company called Sublime Stitching. You must visit this site and check out all the fabulous patterns they have for hand embroidery. Turns out, I am not the only one who is attracted to cute little patterns stitched onto cloth--there is actually quite a following of individuals (women and men this time perhaps?) who are trying to bring back this wonderful pastime. 

I bought my own starter kit and a few patterns and have multiple projects planned. I will be sure to keep you updated with my progress. In the mean time, here is a rendering by someone else of some of my favorite Sublime Stitching patterns. Enjoy!

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