Friday, February 24, 2012

couldn't resist the thrift store today...

I have been staying away from the thrift stores because I do have enough stuff right here at home, but something pulled me in this morning. I couldn't resist these 2 finds that I got for a song since I'll be able to incorporate them in my Play Ground magic cloth. Click on the images for a closer view.

a partially stitched grid on a light cotton cloth including the green wicking thread. and a partially stitched embroidery with some beautifully colored floss.
I like the idea of incorporating parts of someone's unfinished project into my cloth...a kind of mystery collaboration.

I'm also gathering the supplies I'll need for Karen Ruane's next embroidery class...EXTENDING EMBELLISHMENT. You can read about it here. You might like to join in, especially after seeing some of the embroidery she shares with us on her blog.

I found some wonderful white scrim locally and ordered some interesting papers to play with when class starts.
I ordered the papers from here. They have some beautiful choices in lots of different colors and patterns.

22 comments:

Ms. said...

Superior catch!

Els said...

Ha! Deanna, I know too I have to stay away of those shops (ánd fabric, ánd yarn shops ...)
But it's always tempting!!!
I see you're continueing the work you did at Karen's, I'm very interested in the results again !

woman with wings said...

Deanna, great finds -- I hardly ever come across sewing-related items at thrift stores, I think the early birds get the worms. What's really cool is that something pulled you in and then -- ta-da -- like you're meant to have these things! I like your idea of incorporating them on your magic cloth, too. Makes me think....

Notjustnat said...

No sometimes you just can't stay away from the thrift store. I was there this morning too and good thing I did. I found a piece of silk for dyeing. Your founds pieces are great. Enjoy - Nat

aracne said...

I love your idea of using others' unfinished projects, it talks to me of respect for their work.
Keren's embroidery is incredible, so exquisite.

Jeannie said...

It was meant to be! You fared better than I at the thrift store. I found a couple of blouses for a friend, but nothing in the sewing department. Have fun!

kaiteM said...

you too? i've been staying away from our Op (thrift) shops all year, too much stuff here already, i could open my own junk shop.

liniecat said...

Nice buys! And yes, reckon Fate at work there, pulling you in like peggy says lol

Sara Crittenden Coppedge said...

I have been avoiding the thrift store, but it is so difficult. Leaving outside of town makes it a little easier! Now of course, seeing your great finds, I want to run to town! I have been moving boxes and boxes of stuff. That tends to discourage me. Glad we are going to be in Karen's next class together.

MosaicMagpie said...

What great things you found in the thrift store. It is always interesting to look at other's needlework. I often wonder about the reason the needlework ended up in a yard sale or the thrift shop.
I am sure my daughters will be selling mine some day at a yard sale!
Deb

Nancy said...

Great finds Deanna, meant to be! Like Mosaic Magpie- I wonder about the whys and hows of this unfinished worked ending up there. Funny how that grid showed up right as Jude was griding over at diaries! Have fun in Karen's class and please do show us your creations :)

Rachel said...

I don't think I've ever found embroidery materials or tools in a thrift store - you lucky girl!

Alex said...

Lovely stuff from the thrift store! I've left you an award on my blog. Hope you like it!

joe said...

wonderful treasures! i keep telling myself to stay out of those shops...but i don't do a very good job of listening.

karen said...

I rarely find treasures at local charity shops now, I re;y on visiting the larger more specialist ones In London when I visit my daughter....
your paper look very exciting!

Mo Crow said...

Those papers combined with Karen's class and your finely attuned stitching are going to be brilliant, look forward to seeing what you get up to!

Vicky aka Stichr said...

i have read all the comments...am i the only one sitting here laughing?? guess i am still a kid, because i immediately saw the word 'fart' in the partly completed piece.

seriously, those are great finds deanna!! the grid...man is that something i would dive in on.

handstories said...

fun idea to give new life to others' work. i took some old unfinished things, that will never be finished by me, to the goodwill this weekend- along bags of other stuff. i hope they find a home like yours...

neki desu said...

i loove karen's work!
great finds and buys too. never seen such a nice scrim.

Anonymous said...

I hunt the thrift stores, too. And I find great items to incorporate in quilts and more. It's amazing how a glittery, purple, stretchy shirt can morph into grapes - or a finger off a glove can become a kitty face - or whatever.

You always have such great projects going on. I want to try them all - alas, just not enough time in the day. I do LOVE the inspiration.

Sandra said...

Oh such nice finds!!! And yes it feels good to continue someones work in you own work. I always feel a bit sad when I see an embroidered tablecloth in a thrift store. Makes me wonder why it ended up there.

layers said...

I do love thrift stores and flea markets.. never know what little treasures one will find.

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