What a beautiful day to symbolize Spring! Sun shining, clear blue skies, and my baby Grandson home for a visit! Well, today is his parent's anniversary, so that makes it even more special. What's also great is I won't have to wait too long to see him again. I have my six week (since the surgery) doctor appointment Tuesday in the city they live in, so I'll be able to visit them then. My little one is such a joy in our lives!
I think this much improved weather has definitely lifted my spirits. I see visions of sewing, knitting, and so much gardening, I am beside myself with hope! My beautiful roses are happily blooming away, and some of the larkspur are on the verge of blooms.
I've been working on learning drawn thread stitchery. I remember my dear Grandmother working on some old cotton remnant and making the humble fabric look glorious. At the time, I had no interest in any stitchery, being very young, but it must have stayed with me. I just had to try it, so I purchased "The Embroidery Stich Bible" by Betty Barnden which has a small segment on drawn thread stitches. I've been practicing on some kitchen towels, and I'm well pleased with the results. The effect is similar to hemstitching, only a bit more ornate. I can imagine some beautiful gifts embellished with drawn threadwork would be very appreciated. I will try and post a picture of my towels, but this is an example . Next on my 'learning' agenda would be tatting, either needle or shuttle.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~