At some point last month, I alluded to having had a very productive weekend and finishing up a few projects that had been languishing for months on end. Having finally uploaded the photos of one of those projects, I can now proudly unveil it! My first foray into embroidering:
When I made my Design Resolutions for the year, this embroidered tea towel was one of the first projects on my mental list. As you can see, I still need to wash and iron it. But isn’t it a cute pattern? It’s from a 7 days of the week set produced by Aunt Martha’s that I found in my grandma’s box of antique patterns. The tea towels themselves are also from Aunt Martha’s: I bought a pack of 2 from Hancock Fabrics when they were on sale. I thought the fabric was pretty decent (if a little expensive), but of course Grandma thought it “just wasn’t like they used to make them!” (She thought the weave was a bit on the knobbly side.) In any case, I may try ordering from Herrschners for future tea towels: a little more cost effective and Grandma-approved fabric. (Although, to have truly Grandma-approved fabric, she and I decided we will probably have to buy the fabric from JoAnn’s and hem it ourselves…as I’m not too great at hemming, I’m not sure how that would work for me.) Anyone know of other suppliers of tea towels or doilies for stitching?
Grandma also swears by the old metal, spring-loaded embroidery hoops. Above is a (slightly crappy) photo of it in action. Having tried other hoops back in the day when I used to cross-stitch, I can vouch that these are the best. I’m now on the hunt for some hoops of my own: I was able to find some antique metal ones on etsy and some on eBay, so am watching for a bargain. The trick is to make sure the cork is in good shape and the tension is good…unfortunately not a lot of suppliers show photos or give information of either. I think I may try to buy a lot of them and hope that at least one is in good shape!
A question I’m currently researching, but having a hard time finding an answer to: When you want to frame and hang a piece of needlepoint in those hang-able hoops, how do you finish off the back? I’ve never seen anyone post a photo of what the back should look like. Do you just trim the fabric close to the edge of the hoop?