Friday, August 12, 2011

Bold Strokes & Fine Stitches

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It took me creating a new little embroidery- specifically for a table scarf- to tidy up my dining room, the whole house really, and share some pictures of it with you. I don't remember where I left off in showing the changes that I've made to the mess hall. I know you've likely seen it in its Raindrop blue stages here a few times. I also vaguely recall talking about how I wanted it to be cream colored by thanksgiving one year (didn't happen, it was all I could do to stuff a turkey that year)... and then I still picture these pictures of my boy on crutches sitting against cream walls. Anyway. The curtains are not new, but a patching of two fabrics that I created a few months ago, after deciding that no single fabric was doing the job for me. And I found myself hopping from the one turquoise fabric to another red fabric, deciding on neither, making something out of a whole other piece with some patchwork thingermagiggins across them only to take them down after a few weeks because I was not satisfied. Then back to the turquoise and the red, but together, making a new large striped print out of the two. And I love them. Did you get all that?

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The table scarf. Here it is. Small potatoes really in such a large room. I grew up in a house where every table surface or buffet piece had some sort of a scarf, doily that was embroidered, cross-stitched, crocheted or otherwise that presumably protected the table top or gave a centerpiece or some other thing a soft place to rest. I have always loved, tiny details as you may have guessed, yet I am not a tiny, fussy type artist so much as I think in larger strokes of color and form. What I think I have learned on every canvas, whether its one of my fabric collections, a single blouse, a painting or a whole room in my house, is that its the marriage of the two- the bold and the fine- and the language happening between them that pleases me the very most. A balancing act, I guess. Something to react to from across the room, like a stage, as well as something to ponder upon closer inspection, like a walk in the woods.

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I may not have every surface of my house clothed (though I have a drawer-full waiting to do the job) but I do always manage when spiffy-ing to place some sort of cloth in the center of our 10-ft farm table and place either fresh flowers of a bowl of fruit. It brings me joy. Its the crossbar on my t and the dot on my i. It just makes it home. In the hopes that some day all of my children will have their own drawer-full of these love layers, I was inspired to begin making my own. Continuing the tradition of works that color my memories of what a house it. But new.

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This little Plaid Pods design was inspired by my favorite bouquets as well as my Buoyancy print which is on the reverse side. My friends at Sew4Home asked if I would share an embroidery design with their readers and I was more than happy to let that work and my personal musings come together in this little piece. They just posted the pattern pdf yesterday so go have a look if you're in search of some fine stitches to talk to you. I'll have it on my make page soon too.

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I have lots of needleworks news and inspirations to share with you soon as the official launch of the goods is slated for September. I hope you enjoy making this if you choose to.

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I also hope that my house will be this clean again someday.

xoxo, Anna

131 comments:

  1. I, too, clothe all my furniture and love scouring thrift stores for some unique handwork! I am going to try to add my own so that when I pass down all my finds, some of our family will be in there, too! Looking forward to seeing all your embroidery stuff in September!

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  2. I just love your home! You have the most wonderful ability to combine classic and modern, and you make handmade look more fabulous than anyone I know!

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  3. lovely, your words and your home, and I just can't wait for your needleworks lauch! I've tried my best to search out your "cross stitch" fabric, and clicking on any picture I can find of the pieces you had at quilt market! I was so happy when there was that beautiful bolt just sitting there when you took those pictures of your new space. I can't wait, wait did i already say that?

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  4. How lovely. I need to do some embroidery myself; you are such an inspirtation!! I love how you combine traditional rugs with your bold prints. I have a similarly traditional rug in my family room, and I've been hesitant to introduce other prints and patchwork for fear of it looking off. I'd be so appreciative if you could comment on how you manage to blend the styles and make it look so beautiful. Thanks for the continued inspiration, Anna!

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  5. beautiful cohesive wonderfully bold colors of home ... it's all good!

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  6. The curtains are so striking!! I love them. Your stitching is so perfect. aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  7. I saw this yesterday at Sew4Home and knew it had to go on my increasingly long list of wonderful projects to do someday. You continue to serve as my inspiration--the vibrant example of just how much one person can achieve if they are motivated and openhearted. Thank you for being that example!!

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  8. Yes, the curtains are just right. Just perfectly fabulous. I have not given table scarves their due. I grew up with them everywhere and was inundated with them as a newlywed. When we got our own style, I realized they were all wrong and have been very happy to go without, bare wood shining alone. But, this lovely creation of yours is something I do so very like. I can see that making something myself is clearly where it's at!

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  9. Your new table scarf, the vase and flowers upon it, and your home look lovely and inviting, as always. I look forward to stitching this sweet design!

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  10. Here is a picture of me: sitting in front of my monitor, gazing at your pictures, pupils dilated, heart humming. I am speechless, inspired, awestruck. I want to comment, but can't think of anything new to say... I've said it all before: "beautiful, inspiring, lovely, talented." So, I just sit here, gazing at what you make.

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  11. Thanks AM, I just downloaded the PDF.In the instructions there's no mention of backing your linen with anything prior to embroidering. Do you just stitch through the one layer of linen using a hoop? Thanks, K.

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  12. Yes, just linen and hoop :) The piece then gets backed with fabric, so none of the underworkings will show. xo, AM

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  13. Could you tell me the paint color on your fireplace wall? Love it with the yellow.

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  14. Beautiful embroidery!

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  15. I've gotten on an embroidery kick lately and I guess it's just in time, seeing as you're coming out with some really pretty ideas.

    I really like this one you just shared. I snagged the PDF.

    Now, if I could drag myself away from my 20 quilting projects, I'd could be happily stitching up a beautiful scarf for my new old antique dresser... :)

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  16. P.S. I know that going back and forth on fabric selection is EXHAUSTING, but your final pick on the curtains is really cool. :)

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  17. properly inspired for the day. thank you!

    I still wonder how you do it all. I have 6 kids from 11-4 months and my goodness, I'm lucky if the bed gets made in my room.

    At any rate, you are an inspiration and you fill my head with colors and patterns that keep me dreaming of things to do "when I find the time"

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  18. Gorgeous, AM. I'm obsessed with those chairs. I remember you blogging about those. Also, the curtains! The red is my favorite print from Innocent Crush. I want to put in on everything! I love that you broke it up with turquoise. The curtains make a statement for sure. They say BAM and the centerpiece says gentle and dainty and beautiful because of the work that the fingers that make it had to put into it. I love it. You are right. Its very balanced. Thanks for posting!

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  19. Love the curtains and your combo of old (wall pictures and furniture) and bold (seat covers, curtains). I grew up with table scarves as well, all handmade and have a small collection of dresser scarves that were my grandmother's. I find myself wondering when they fell out of favor. Perhaps the same time that hand crafting skipped a generation?

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  20. who is coming over? thats what my husband says when I clean our house, lol, its not an every day occurrence. Your home is beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful! I'm only motivated to really clean my house so I can take a photo and blog about it! In fact when I did that here: http://tickleandhide.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-knew-as-soon-as-i-opened-back-door.html , my brother in law saw the photo and asked who's house it was! I do love how clean and homemade makes a place feel homely and welcoming, but it only lasts about 5 minutes here with little kids, hence the need to take photos. :)

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  22. So pretty! I'm inspired to pick up the hoop. And your home is absolutely lovely.

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  23. i really love your aesthetic..the flower paintings on the wall and the embroidered flowers and those in the vase all resonate with each other..jane

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  24. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [13 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  25. I love this pattern - thanks so much for sharing!!

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  26. Love seeing pictures of your home! I am often one that looks at the art and the background too. Don't tell anyone but I often move the mess to take a picture because it's never that clean lol.

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  27. I'm on the verge of beginning to homeschool my kids, starting Monday, actually. One of the things I want to do is instill in them a love for art, in all its shapes and forms. I look forward to showing them some of your work, as inspiration. You have a gift.I love the color palette you chose as well as the design. And "love layers" - how apt. Oh, I also love the blue you painted your fireplace wall...makes me ponder that for my own space...

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  28. Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing :)

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  29. Love the embroidery! Thanks for another great read!

    Sheila

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  30. Excellent post- I think you've given an extremely reasonable response.

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  31. Lovely. Thank you!

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  32. What's the blue of the wall around your fireplace? It's the blue I've been looking for to accent the mahogany built-ins in my dining room bright and warm without crossing over into suffocating.

    Also love the curtains (and the windows that go down to the floors!)

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  33. Beautiful home,as always, and I love, love, love the embroidery!

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  34. Your house is breathtaking. It says an artist and woman of taste and class lives here. It has so much personality. I love drooling over photos of beautiful homes like this. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. I love how incredibly generous you are. You are just great. xoxo

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  36. It must be that European influence. I grew up in a house that had every surface dressed. And it was always my Baba's embroidery.

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  37. I love this!! I have this fabric, so, I definitely will be making myself one of these! Thanks for sharing!! Beautiful!

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  38. That's so lovely, and your home is so beautiful. I share your impulse to decorate the flat surfaces, and also your wanting the children to have their own stash of pretties to do the same. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos!

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  39. love the details and the pics.sooo good =)
    keep in touch

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  40. They're beautiful (I do love the turquoise fabric very much) but together they are pretty awesome! :) x

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  41. beautiful handwork Mrs. Horner!

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  42. I LOVE seeing turquoise and red together, and you make it even more beautiful! Also, while I could never embroider something so lovely, I have a couple pieces that I was given and thought they were an odd size... but now I have an idea for what to do with them!! Thanks!

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  43. Love this! I dropped all other sewing this weekend to make one of my own. My daughter's button down blouse is still partially constructed but I have a beautiful table scarf (I posted pictures at the Loulouthi flickr page.) Thanks for the lovely pattern!
    - Liz

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  44. I've made one, and a second version (in slightly different colours) is started.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahquilts/6077051736/in/photostream

    Thank you!

    Sarah

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  45. I would love to make these curtains for my play/hangout room. Any good tutorials available??
    Thanks!

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  46. I always like your posts because you always share new thing with idea of creation, in-spite of it that it seems tough to create it i will try it and decorate my bedroom.

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