Picking Up a Needle & Thread


I’ve never been much of a sewer or a stitcher. I consider this a bit of a deficiency in my creative skill set, particularly since my grandmother was such a talented seamstress. She started when she was young, and passed her sewing knowledge on to my mom. The buck stopped there, however. The sum total of my sewing experience includes making a pencil-shaped pillow in seventh grade home economics, and doing a wee bit of embroidery as a teen. My adult sewing adventures are limited to sewing an apron (with the help of a teacher for the afternoon) and sewing buttons onto some art and craft projects. Oh, and I did embellish this tote with reverse appliqué and embroidery when I attended Craftcation in April.  I think it’s super cute.  :]


I’ve been wanting to further develop my skills with needle, thread and sewing machine for a while now. I’ve actually had an embroidery sampler (above) and a book on embroidery (below) awaiting my attention for about three years (!).  So, after a small delay (cough), I’m kicking off my adventure into the land of fabric and thread now. I’ll start with my trusty book and this embroidery sampler, and will go on from there. I’m not sure if I’ll stick to artsy applications of sewing and stitchery – embellishing accessories, making pieces to add to assemblages, and making mini art quilts – or if I’ll get into making utilitarian things as well. I’ll be interested to see where this road leads, and how far I’ll go. :]


What about you, dear readers? Do you embroider? Sew by hand or with a machine? Do you crochet? (That’s something else I’d like to learn) Have any of you learned to sew from a DVD or online class that you might recommend?  I hope to hear from you about your adventures in sewing and stitching…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted May 29, 2014 at 12:54 am by Diane @ Vintage Zest | Permalink

    I do not embroider at all actually, but I used to cross-stitch as a kid. I actually just posted some of my early projects recently. 🙂 Then, I learned how to crochet in college from one of those dorm events, and I taught myself to knit out of a book. A couple years ago, I took a sewing class at a local adult school here in SoCal, because I had always admired my grandmother’s skills. And I just loved it! I was one of the youngest in the class, and I was surprised how many beginners there were. In fact, I’m not sure where you are located exactly, but I highly recommend the sewing classes I took in Cerritos. Good luck on your embroidery journey!

  2. Posted May 29, 2014 at 11:05 am by Debbie | Permalink

    Hey Melody…
    We really ARE cosmic twins…I’m into sewing these days, too. Not embroidery for me this time, but quilting. I’m busy piecing flowers for a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt I started way back in the 1970s! I’m doing every stitch by hand & find it quite relaxing. Of course, shopping for reproduction 1930s print cottons is fun, too. I have pix on my blog if you want to take a look. Oh…and I’m making yo-yos from fabric scraps…lots of fun.
    Miss you…I could help you with embroidery…if only we still lived close enough.

  3. Posted May 29, 2014 at 11:23 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Diane,
    Thank you for your comment, and feedback! Hmm, Cerritos is probably a bit too far away (given traffic congestion), but I thank you for your suggestion. I’ll check into local adult schools to see what I find. :]

  4. Posted May 29, 2014 at 11:24 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Debbie,
    I’ve been popping in to take peeks at your pieced flowers – so fun! I’m glad you have a project to keep you out of trouble. ;]

  5. Posted May 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Karen Pruz | Permalink

    Hi Melody, That is a cute bag….love the colorful pedals. I sew, embroider, quilt, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint, and knit. I have to admit I’m not an expert at any in particular as I love to dabble in any craft I can get my hands on. My mother and older sister taught me to sew. Everything else I learned on my own from well illustrated books and patterns. Keep up the great work and your wonderful blog posts.

  6. Posted May 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Karen,
    It’s good to know I’m not the only one who does a little of this and a little of that. Thank you for your comment, and for your kind words. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!