Happy New Year to one and all. I really do hope this is a joy-filled, healthy, prosperous year for all.
During the past few weeks approaching the new year, I have become self-reflecting. I love to read. I love to write. I love to do needle art. I turn 68 this month. I am not young, however, I am not feeling old either. I realize that I am considered an elder. I need to share what I have learned over the years, some stories, and some experiences.
I am back. This blog has been around for awhile. I have written on it inconsistently in the past. I feel the pull to get back to it. I write quite frequently but have not posted here. I am sorry for my lack of sharing. So much goes on in life day by day. But, it is the same for all of us. It is easy to make excuses. There really are none. It is probably the idea of sharing that causes me the most problems. Perhaps I feel that what I write is not ready to post yet and then it becomes too late or forgotten about. Continue reading “Happy New Year 2018”
“Needlework for the Soul” – Has some form of needle art ever helped you? Do you have a story you can share with us? If you do and it is chosen to add to our book Needlework for the Soul, you will receive a free copy of the book.
We would love to hear your experience. Share what you can. We believe that you might be an inspiration to someone else who might relate and decide to sew, quilt, knit, embroider or whatever. You can include your name, or you can choose to be anonymous. Perhaps use your initials and your state/province/country. Continue reading “Needlework for the Soul”
I remember encouragement. Whatever I made was wonderful in my mother’s eyes.
This post celebrates my mom. She passed on two and one-half years ago now. I remember her every day. There is much I could write about, but I think I will focus on her encouragement with the needle arts.
I love to crochet afghans. I made quite a few since I was about 19 years old after my mother-in-law taught me. I’m not an expert, but I enjoy it occasionally and make a few items that I proudly gift.
Crochet is an old craft however not as old as knitting. Crochet derives from the French word ‘crochet’ and means “hook.” How appropriate! There are two main types of crochet. One is ordinary or regular crochet, and the other is Tunisian or Afghan crochet.
We are not sure when knitting began. Knitting has a history of articles dating A.D. 200. The date is uncertain. However, most are in agreement that the location it started is in Arabia. As with most types of needlework it has been passed on from person to person and from country to country.
Quilting is one of my favorite activities. Quilting is incredibly creative. The word “quilt” derives from the Latin word “culcita” which means a sack stuffed with feathers, wool or hair used as a covering for warmth. Quilting was used as a means of survival for either blocking out the rays of the sun In Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs or for blocking out the cold and retaining body heat in China, India and Greece. Crusaders were quilting undergarments in the eleventh century. Survival quilting surfaced in the thirteenth and fourteenth century in Europe. It is well documented in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in North America, and we carry on today, both for functional and decorative purposes.
Unless you are hand sewing, you need a sewing machine to sew. I have been asked several times what kind of a sewing machine to buy. What is important to consider? Many think that price is the only consideration, but that is far from what is paramount. Obviously, if you only have a limited amount of money to spend then you need to consider dollars. But, if there is flexibility there are several issues to consider. Even with a limited budget sometimes you can purchase what you need as a second-hand machine.