Heart Felt Wishes to you all! I love hearts, I love the shape, I love to decorate the house at Valentine’s Day, and I have a lot of hearts… so I decided to post A Heart a Day for the entire month of February.
My heart is blooming with flowers for you!
Happiest of heartfelt wishes for a wondrous day! ~Christen
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.
Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. “Lovely Silk Gardens Wallhanging” is a project from my book Embroidered and Embellished. There are four heart shaped appliques which started as a hanky. The silk ribbon ebmroidery stitches were worked in sizes 7mm, 4mm, and 2mm. The additional embroidery stitches were worked in cotton and silk floss. Embellishments include heart shaped buttons, leaf shaped buttons and dragonfly and butterfly charms.
Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This is one of my favorite pieces, it is called Red Roses, and is a sample from my class Hankies and Lace. This piece represents 4 generations of love, the handkerchiefs were from my grandmother and my mother, the various treasures came from here and there, and sitting pretty in the middle of everything is my darling Gwen, the white and red lady bug. Happy Valentine’s Day to all who love hearts!