Tuesday, March 05, 2013

wips and lessons

It has been a long time since I've reported on this embroidery project. I stopped working on it sometime last March and I finally picked it up again at the beginning of the year. I try to work on it at least a two hours a week. I hope to finish it by this coming Christmas.

It is rather embarrassing, but I must confess it actually smells dusty. It was in a fabric bag that wasn't closed and apparently, it has collected dust. Unfortunately, I can't wash it because the stamped pattern washes away. Achoo. ;0

I am learning how to knit and crochet. The knitting project is being done on red roving wool. I recast it probably half a dozen times before I felt I was ready to move on. It won't be the prettiest scarf ever but I will be the one who made it.

The crochet project is Peaches and Cream cotton in variegated blue.

I am also working on a shirt for myself. Yes, you do recognize the fabric.

I am teaching myself to do a French Seam. Because I like top stitching and am not quite ready to try felled stitches, I am simply top-stitching it after I press it.

I've been reading a lot of sewing blogs lately in order to get tips and ideas to improve my sewing skills. I find it frustrating because there is a great deal of sewing snobbery and style snobbery. I am not stylish. I just want to make well-made and attractive garments. 

I had the pleasure of clearing about six inches of snow from the driveway today. It is very pretty outside, pleasantly warm (around 29 degrees Fahrenheit).


  1. Hooray for learning new skills! Just take the good from what people share, and ignore the snobbery. I would love to learn how to knit. :)

  2. I'm crocheting up another scarf--this time in broomstick lace. I've knitted and crocheted all my life--I find it very relaxing!

  3. Warm??? I have been living in L.A. for too long. That deer forest embroidery is going to be the most glorious piece!

  4. Oh gosh there there is sewing snobbery? I am really just about over some of this blogging high school nonsense. You are so talented Melissa. CC and I tried to crochet and it was funny.

  5. Oh Melissa...I am loving the doe! So pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. As I say often, you are so clever. I'm sure your scarf with be not only made by you but beautiful too. Love the embroidery. :)

  7. French seams are so easy to do and they look so nice! Incorporating these simple but beautiful details in the pieces you make will be so rewarding.

  8. How wonderful are you? Your husband is a lucky man to have a wife who refers to shoveling the walks as " a pleasure"! ;)

    I'm having crafty envy... so many skills you've purposed to perfect. Good for you, and I am encouraged.

    No reference here to HOW Melissa is doing, just WHAT Melissa is doing. I've been praying for you.

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. Your such a Renaissance Woman. :) You do it all!
    French seams? Wow! I'm so impressed!! Seriously?! Those are tough!

    Stay warm!

  10. Wow! You are learning so many new skills! I was wondering how your sweet deer was coming along. I have been eager to learn crochet, it seem like such a perfect portable project. Have a great weekend!