Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Why I want to learn to crochet:

My paternal grandmother (we called her Maim) made this tote bag for my mom a long time ago. Recently Mom gave it to my girls and me. I love it! Green is my favorite color, especially this shade. I'm told Maim could crochet "a mile a minute".

Monday, November 06, 2006

Mom's Brazilian Embroidery

A week or so ago Mom was teaching me how to do machine embroidery and while looking through her sewing stuff we happened upon these beautiful squares of Brazilian embroidery. She said she had made them years ago, most likely with the intention of framing them. I had never seen this type of embroidery before and was quite impressed! I have a good friend who not only does framing but also has a flare for decorating. I asked Mom if I could take them and have them framed for her. Mom agreed. They are so beautiful I had to post a picture of them.

Brazilian embroidery is a craft I would be interested in learning, especially now.

Also pictured (below) is my first attempt at machine embroidery. It was not as hard as I expected. Next time I do it there are a few things I would do differently, but overall I think it turned out pretty good. I will definitely be doing machine embroidery again - I just need to remember to pick up a hoop.

I apologize for so much time going between posts. A few weeks ago I took a part-time job at a local craft store. While I love the job, it takes a lot of my spare time.

edit for clarity: Mom did the Brazilian embroidery by hand. The machine embroidery was done on a regular sewing machine. I need practice though.