February 9, 2009

Embroidered Pillow

Embroidery has never been my thing. Somehow you have to hold the tension of the thread just right as you pull it in and out of a piece of cloth that also must be held with just the right tension. It seems to me that just too much tension regulation is involved for this to ever work correctly. The harder you try, the tighter the tension - trouble.

Some people, however, can regulate all that without any problem and embroider away as though they were not even thinking. My stress begins when I have to think about the colors - the right shade of green for the leaves when you have decided the flowers should be pink. What color family is everything? Then you need still another shade of those color for outlines. A person could have a stroke just trying to put the right colors together.

Have I mentioned yet that you need an embroidery hoop? Special embroidery thread? Needles with the correct size of eye? Patterns, material? It also helps if your know all your different stitches - running stitch, ribbon stitch, back stitch, leaf stitch, Vandyke stitch, french knots - you get the picture.

Is anyone having fun yet? LOL Once again I win! This was a gift! My mother made it almost thirty years ago. I loved it then. I love it more now.


mom2beauty said...

The pillow is beautiful! It is so special to have a work of Heart like that and treasure it! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you also for your comments and ecouragement! Im hanging in there!

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Montanagirl said...

What beautiful work she did! You have so many wonderful things handed down to you, not the least of which is your sweet christian spirit.

Rhondi said...

Hi Connie
That is a beautiful pillow and special because your mother made it!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Hugs, Rhondi

Jacquelynne said...

That is really beautiful, what a wonderful keepsake... Embroidery is supposed to be relaxing, too bad that it causes you so much "tension"!