Monday, September 4, 2017

Strain your brain - mixed media stitching

In the newsletter, I shared this photo of some old whisks I found at the flea market in town. I couldn't help but see the curly hair in the one on the far left and so I've been trying to develop a plan for turning them all into little ladies. It's a vision in progress.

In the meantime, I also found a few strainers and started playing around with some embroidery and weaving.

The rose is a classic. Nothing says welcome home like a rose on a vintage kitchen utensil.

But what says kitchen like nothing else? How about a woven fried egg? This is just the beginning. I've now gotten almost all the white done and will add a bit of burned edge. 

Each of the whisks takes about 8 hours to complete. Phew! That's a lot of stitching. But, hey, I have said I'm a needle and thread addict and it gives me an excuse to listen to (because I only have two eyes) TV shows I've never seen before. I don't have a TV; haven't for 20 years. Enter the magic of Netflix!

I've also been taking my home seriously. It's just a wonky old cottage with more problems than our government. But as long as it's still standing - and my mother-in-law is due to visit in October - I've started the long list of simple projects that are already turning blank, lifeless rooms into works of art. 

The kitchen got curtain therapy and the bedroom walls are going to display two red and white crib-size quilts. I found the completely hand stitched tops in a thrift store in Maleny, Queensland (Australia). I finally backed them and yesterday finished machine quilting and binding the checkerboard one. I have high hopes of adding a large floral applique in a lower corner. Someday.

I feel terribly domestic. I even baked shortbread cookies yesterday. Four ingredients and they are melt-in-your-mouth delish! Come on over and bring a whisk, thread, and a wish to go blind.

1 comment:

  1. The quilt is lovely, but I am absolutely floored by your strainer weaving! Total genius! :) Lisa