Thursday, 23 August 2012

Handiwork






A couple of posts ago...
when I was demonstrating my progress
with my crochet...
several friends commented on
the tapestry etc that I have done. 

So,
for those who have only known me a short while,
I thought I would recap a little
on the other things that I enjoy doing.




I enjoy tapestry and have done quite a lot.
The sunflowers reminded me of those I saw in the Botanical Gardens in Oxford.
Hubbie made me
the frame with wood grown on our farm !







My mother loves home made craft
and so
most of the tapestries have been gifts for her.

These are photos, taken a while ago and scanned in.

This flower tapestry took a very long time to complete as the colours are graduated slowly.
I mainly worked it
during the summer so that I could see
the changing colours





I sewed Mum several smaller pictures (like this one)
and quite a few cushion covers....I did 2 of these as I liked them so much.... 
were for her and other of my friends!





I have also made her a couple of chair seat covers.






I do enjoy longstitch though...
like this (I think) traquil scene.......
or the poppy I showed last week!





Sorry about the flash in the middle of this (it's another picture I took years ago and scanned in)

I did this embroidery for Mum
quite a few years ago
It's always been a favourite of mine!




This enjoyment of embroidery has obviously
been inherited!
We recently found this embroidery sewn
by my mother when she was 14.
I had it framed for her.

Mum often talks of evening times when she was young and says her mother would sit doing crochet...whilst her sister embroidered .... and
she knitted.  Her father sat in the corner.......
smoking his pipe and reading the paper!




These are just a few of the many garments that Mum made for my children.
I could show very many more!

So, you see, I think it's a family 'thing'
I wish I could show you my daughter's work because it's fantastic....but that's her story! 

**  I just wanted to add a big thank you for the many lovely comments made on my last post ....I appreciate them all and am so sorry that I haven't managed to respond....
it's been rather chaotic here!



I'm linking today with Tuesdays Treasures

25 comments:

  1. Absolutely Beautiful Friend!
    Have a wonderful day.
    Joy
    Trace


    www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

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  2. Hello there

    Absolutely stunning!!! All those lovely lovely tapestries a house full of colour and creativity wonderful!
    My love of crochet and embroider oh and cross-stitch also run in the family Gran did it,mother did it and now I do it too and I'm trying very hard to get Cookie my grand-daughter to do it as well but the Wii seems more interesting at present!
    Mother added to our list of crafts as she did Honiton lace too.My sister had some lovely bits on her wedding veil but it takes ages to make.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  3. Wow, fantastic talent and love how the frame was home-grown too! Emjoy your day, Claire xx

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  4. Oh my word, such gorgeous pieces. You are so truly talented. Thanks for sharing these lovelies! Love that you found & framed your Mom's childhood embroidery!

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  5. beautiful treasures! its nice to do a few different things. your colors are wonderful! enjoy your day!

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  6. I surely love your tapestry, it's beautiful. A nice memory of your youth. My grandmother did knit for us too, my mother still knits, lots of socks, especially for my eldest, who always has cold feet, and I think he eats his socks.(so many are getting lost) I often dye the wool. I'm the only other one in my family who knits, crochets, sews and such things.
    Groetjes, Gerda

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  7. Your tapestries are just fabulous!!! I especially loved the sunflowers!!! What an art!! I have always loved to do some type of handwork. Nice to have a portable project to work on and take with you.
    Have a great day way over the pond!!!
    : ) Kris

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  8. Your tapestries are absolutely stunning! Such lovely work :)

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  9. Wow! So many beautiful embroidery projects. And so wonderful that handwork is a family thing! Wishing you a beautiful day. Tammy

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  10. The tapestries are beautiful! Lovely work.

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  11. Really like the sunflower needlepoint and your blog header picture is stunning!

    Popped in from Jann's SYCT.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  12. It was lovely to see all your work,just beautiful,very clever.

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  13. Stunningly beautuul . . . amazing creativity!

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  14. Hi there!

    Hope the weather is good for you this week
    lots of rain here

    Your work is beautiful
    wish I could do it!

    Have a great week

    x Fiona

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  15. Wow- Those are absolutely beautiful! You did a wonderful job on each and every piece. AND you Mom is very talented, too. You're right- it does run in the family- xo Diana

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  16. Everything is beautiful..you are very talented!

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  17. Joan, your work is so lovely and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. And, we all understand how hard it can be to find the time to reply to or comment on comments received.

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  18. Not sure how I got here, hopping from blog to blog to blog, lol, but wanted to say what a lovely blog it is! Your craftwork is beautiful, much better than mine!

    Can i ask,. is that your home in the title photograph? if so, what an absolutely beautiful place to live!

    Leanne x
    talesofsimpledays.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow, what a creative and talented family you have. A heritage of beauty and usefulness. :)

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  20. What a gift you have my friend. It is wonderful that it has been passed down in your family. The sunflowers are so bright and cheery. I love them. I can only imagine the hours of tender love you have spent creating these gorgeous heirlooms. Thanks for sharing with Sharre Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  21. Wow how beautiful! Incredibly talented lady! So much patience and skill!

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  22. you are a true artist! one of these would take me 20 years to complete! i absolutely love your mother's map. it is such a unique piece. :)

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  23. Your mother and grandmother are very good with the needles and threads and the yarns. Those are keepsakes forever. Smiles, Susie

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