Friday, August 13, 2010

Revisiting the vintage transfer pillowcase

Ha ha ha - remember this?
peeling off...

About a billion years ago, or to be more exact, in April of last year, I started embroidering this pillowcase using a vintage transfer.

I started it as whitework - in other words, all white threads on light blue. Maybe that was what gave me the blahs and didn't inspire me in the least to finish it. For over a year, there it sat...

But, as is usually the case, once I finally decided on the colors, I plugged away and finished it in no time...

That was the first flower I started on, and you can see I used a few different threads and stitches.

I can't believe I finally finished this!

Here's the pattern, if you want to try it:

That was one of the few nice things about having to pack up everything I own and mail it around - unpacking the boxes and looking at all my unfinished projects and actually feeling inspired to finish them all.

Thank you for all the kind comments you left on my posts about moving home and leaving New York. I'm slowly adapting to the quieter pace of life, with a great deal of joy - New York was wonderful, but it was always so loud and frenetic, and "on." I finally feel like I can draw in a breath and think. I still feel like a strange animal - a hybrid species that is not quite Texan and not quite New York. But you know? I kind of hope that never fades. :)

Oh, things I've been enjoying since I moved back:
walking 1-2 miles at my favorite parks
swimming as often as possible
pan dulce
air conditioning
Twin Peaks episodes
reading: The Host, Let The Right One In, N.P.
the tortilla aisle at the grocery store
dragonflies, butterflies, and insects


Sarah said...

That is beautiful. I need to practice. I just retaught myself (after having learned in Girl Scouts ions ago). I want to eventually make something like that. It's stunning.

Mollie. said...

Stunning is exactly the word that came to mind! The wait was worth it, as it produced the most amazing colors and stitches. Love!

Katie said...

I love the final color scheme! Very inspiring.

Nicole Follow the White Bunny said...

I have quite a few abandoned embroidery projects in my craft basket too! Good thing that you finished yours though :)
I'm sure you will feel more at home in Texas soon! x

GrannySue said...

How beautiful. What a lovely project. And isn't it fun to finally finish something -- I have tons of unfinished things.

Carina said...

Great stitches, Flor! So glad to hear you're enjoying your new old life. ;-)

Can we ask you to take pictures there too? :-)

susanc said...

It turned-out gorgeous! I'm so glad that you are really settling-in. And yes, please - take pics!

Andrea said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I admire your embroidery skills!

Welcome back to Texas (from a fellow Texan :-) )

jane said...

The pillowcase turned out really beautiful. Nice work.

Anna said...

Such beautiful work. Inspires me to start embroidering again. Thank you for sharing!

Linda P said...

It's gorgeous Flor! I love the white flower, I probably would never think of white on white but it really makes it elegant.

The transition of leaving New York was never tough in the ways I thought it would be, it's funny. Three years later, I don't even know how I dealt with all of the hubub. And yet I still miss it sometimes.

Wendy said...

This is beautiful, I love the colours and stitches you chose.

Lucy said...

It is beautiful.

Amirtha said...

This is very beautiful.Amazing work.