Saturday, March 1, 2014

stitching and knitting...

I've been working on lots of knitting projects lately but I'm still trying to fit in the stitching projects as well. I wanted this piece of free motion embroidery lace to look like it was the insert in a window frame so I stitched bullion knots around it in a steel gray color. The rest of this piece will be revealed sometime in the future.

click on the images for close-ups.


bullion knots forming a frame around the fme lace

I've unearthed an old UFO....maybe 20 years old....after hearing someone mention 'crinoline dolls' in Karen Ruane's class Simply Stitch 4. Mine is a pillowcase doll that was never finished but now it will be incorporated in my daily stitching project. I will somehow incorporate it into the duvet cover I'm working on with vintage linens. I had already done quite a bit of embroidery on the skirt section.

pillowcase dolls

I'm still working on the front section of the Downton Abbey coat and am getting close to making the button holes. I wanted to make buttons from the same yarn so I made one to get the proper size for the button hole.The tutorial for this button is here, if you'd like to try it. There is an actual button within the one made with the wool.

a button for the coat

I unearthed this little outfit that my grandmother knitted for me when I was just under 3 years old to show to my fellow students in a knitting class I'm taking locally. It is still in very good condition as nobody has worn it since then. I also found some pictures of me wearing the outfit. My dad's hobby was photography so there are pictures of everything preserved in albums. The color of the outfit is close in color to the coat I'm now knitting.

sweater, gored skirt with suspenders and a little hat

me, wearing the outfit with my mom who is pregnant with my sister here

my dad had to capture every pose

My grandma was the knitter....and crocheter....and embroiderer of so many of the things we wore.

grandma....an expert in handwork

I am so grateful to my parents and my grandma, the only grand parent I ever really got to know, for all the things they taught me. I was real lucky to have them in my life.

Hope you all have a great weekend and another productive week to come. Stay safe wherever you are.

23 comments:

Rachel said...

It's always good to find a home for a long-standing UFO!

liniecat said...

fabulous bullions Deanna, a smashing result there and what fun to still have that knitted clothing!
You've been taught well by wonderful women obviously!

karen said...

how absolutely wonderful to still have the beautiful suit and the images are so cute!!! I love the buttons, wow.... and you know how much I love the doll embroidery.

Els said...

These old pictures are so adorable Deanna ;-)
That you still have that garment your grandma knitted : amazing !!!!!
Thank you for the link to the button-tutorial ! FUN ! I will sure try that ;-)

Nancy said...

You were most adorable kneeling on the table, posing with a huge grin! Your grandma looks so warm and loving. My memories in the Grandma department are so sparse, but I did recently find some Barbie & Ken clothes one of my Grandmas knit/crocheted for me!
Love that you're making the buttons too...can't wait to see you wearing that one!

retriever said...

Lovely handwork, and nice old memory fotos , havea nice sunday, best regard from Belgium

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

Good read tonight your post brings back a lot of memories of my mom very much like your grandmother she could do everything with her hands I remember her making all of our clothes when we were little. Not like today where things are just buy buy buy. When a sweater no longer fit she'd unravel and reknit. The buttons are wonderful.

Morna Crites-Moore * Wicked Waif said...

My mother was a knitter and my great-aunt sewed. Your post here rekindled some lovely family memories for me. How lucky you are to still have the outfit as well as the photos! xo

Anita said...

Lovely memories.It's wonderful that your father had captured those moments so well.The bullion frame looks very pretty.An UFO finding a place in your new project is amazing.It's a cute doll ..I hope you'll make at least one as a doll.

Suzanna said...

I am crazy about those bullion knots! And it's wonderful seeing the family photos...

Ms. said...

Fine Button. Beautiful Grandmother and parents too. Can't wait to see that coat. Of course, now you can't ever claim nt to have danced of a table :-) I see that kneeling cutie jumping up and twirling in the next shot.

Yvonne said...

You are working on so many interesting stitch projects! I love how the colour of the Downton Abbey coat mirrors the special outfit your grandmother knit. You are carrying on the tradition with the fine and beautiful work you do.

margaret said...

you certainly have plenty to keep you busy here and if you get a bit bored with one project there is always another to move on to

susan hemann said...

lovely handiwork, such a treasure your outfit knit by your grandmother. My grandmother was an artist as well. I still have a sweater vest she knit for my son when he was young. She did everything, sew, knit, needlepoint, oil painter, gardener. I miss her so. She was a gifted woman.

Nat Palaskas said...

Lovely to see photos when you were young! Your dad was a good photographer. That knitted outfit looks so cute - Hugs Nat

Jane Galley said...

Oh, what a treasure to have, and great photos to go with it.It's been beautifully kept. Such exquisite embroidery on the pillowcase doll too. Have a great week

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a wonderful post that has stirred up lots of memories! My grandmother knitted for me as well and I so wish I had photos of me in those outfits. My other grandmother used to create those pillowcase dolls! I love the buttons for your coat.

Peggy said...

This is wonderful, Deanna -- how lucky that you have both the knitted outfit AND the photos of you in it. And your grandmother holding her knitting there. Now you're the one holding the knitting.

Nancy Kramer said...

Deanna, you continually make me smile. Your father certainly knew what was special to and about you. Thanks for sharing those childhood photos.

neki desu said...

lovely outfit!hope it gets passed down the line.

handstories said...

What wonderful photos and gifts from your family. I cannot believe you are making those buttons!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deanna. So many pleasing things in this post and maybe it is the presence of memory that touches my heart. Your photos are precious, so many things to be grateful for. Pity it takes most of us so much time to figure that out! LUV the FM lace with bullion border.
best, nadia

Judy said...

I love your coat and the buttons - and also the old photos of your grandmother, and of you wearing your knitted outfit. What a treasure!

xxoo

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