Question: When you see a hanky used in a project, do you ever think of Rhett Buttler’s comment to Scarlet: “Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known you to have a handkerchief.” Well, I would rather put the hankies in my cache in a project, and go look for the Kleenex box! Here are a few examples of how I use hankies, that can be seen in my new book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New, by C&T Publishing.
Hankies and Rosettes by Christen Brown
This quaint little hanging started with 2 different hankies. I cut them into quarters and layered them on top of each other. The embroidery is worked in perle cotton, cotton floss, silk embroidery ribbon, and ribbon trims.
This is a close up of the Tea Cozy, which is one of the Stash Projects in the book. The hankies are collaged over a base, with the raw edge covered with ribbon or fabric. The embroidery stitches are worked in perle cotton, cotton floss, silk embroidery ribbon, and ribbon trims. A few precious buttons are thrown in here and there.
American Kitsch by Christen Brown
The hankies that I used for this wall hanging came from my mother’s collection, which she gathered on her tour in Europe where she met my dad. Several other hankies and table linens found there way into the project, along with some vintage rickrack trim. I used quite a few vintage and new buttons, two celluloid acorn charms, and glass and acrylic flower charms.
Happy Stitching, ~Christen
I love these ideas!
Thank you, me too!
Delightful! Your next book is going to be an adventure down memory lane for many of us.
I am so excited about the content of this new book. I put my heart and soul into it! ~Christen
Speaking of hankies, Christen, I’ve begun working on the 4 block collages. The inner corners with hanky and lace are sewn on and I’m sewing on the lace and ribbon at the outer edges. It’s a treat. Carolyn
Let me know how it is coming, can’t wait to see it! ~Christen
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🥰 SO TRUE, SISTERS. I ADORE THIS KIND OF ART. THESE HANKIES AND TABLE LINENS ARE LIKE A GEMS.
Thank you so much for posting this on your blog! I hope that your readers enjoyed it! ~Christen
Of course, dear Christen. You’re so welcome and your work deserves the best sharing. Congratulations! 💌🎈