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I like to browse through thrift stores, but rarely walk out with more than just a paperback book.  Thursday I decided to check out a shop close to the house.  While looking through the frames and framed art I came across a piece of silk embroidery that had been professionally framed by a gallery that has long since closed.  The price sticker read $4.99 and items marked with that particular color of sticker were 50% off for the day.  So how could I not buy it.  Besides, it’s silk, and embroidery, and oriental, and hand stitched.

After removal from frame

After removal from frame

 The silk background is actually closer to a dusty peach color instead of the bright orange in the pictures.  The above picture is just after I removed it from the frame.  I think this piece was from a home that had fire damage, because of the mat board damage on bottom and the back has dark smoky looking stains.

After removal from mat board

After removal from mat board

 There is better detail in this picture, taken after being removed from mat board.  This embroidery piece must have been framed years ago, before people thought much about what damage tape, glues and glass could do to needlework. 

mat board after removing needlework

mat board after removing needlework

 

The needlework was pressed up against the glass and had been taped and glued to the mat board.

Back of embroidery piece
Back of embroidery piece

I removed the tape from the lining but there is still a sticky residue left on the silk, besides remnants of glue where it was adhered to the mat.  I’m wondering if the adhesive might eventually bleed through to the front and cause damage and whether or not I should replace the lining before re-framing the piece.

Showing fading
Showing fading

Here I am holding back the edge to show true color of silk background, the color reminds me of a dark pomegranate.  It was a little while before I realized that the upper right stitching was a butterfly.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Below is a more detailed shot of the stitching.
Detail pic

Detail pic

In the center of the above flower just under the dark blue stitching there is a row of tiny, tiny knots.  After studying this piece I’ve come to the conclusion that this was made from a larger piece of embroidered silk.  The stitching on the left side goes down under the ribbon border and on the right side, part of the fabric is peeking out from under the ribbon.  Also there are areas where the  embroidery looks as though it has been rubbed as though from wear. 

I am really glad that I decided to go thrifting, and rescued this beautiful piece of needlework before someone bought it just for the frame. 

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Oh, how I wish I could post about the panel challenge.  I especially like the way my work on the current panel is turning out, even better than I imagined.  There will be one more panel arriving soon and it will be the last.  The reveal is still 2 long months away.

The Skrappy Ladies have decided to have a Christmas “cookie” exchange at our fall retreat.  The cookies will be 5″ squares of Christmas fabric and we will bring 5 squares for each person participating.  So far there are 12 people participating so we will need to bring 60 squares.  I’ve decided that I’m going to use up my old vintage, circa 80’s, Christmas prints, hoping that I won’t need to purchase any new fabric.  The project for fall retreat is to bring a pattern and other fabrics needed to use with your cookies.

Speaking of fabric.  Donna came by the other day and I sent her home with another trash bag full of fabric.  We were talking and she mentioned suiting, which reminded me that I had a bunch of suitings in the cedar chest that I had inherited from a friend that worked at a menswear factory.  I even, although it nearly killed me to do it, gave up some corduroy yardage that I had been hanging on to.  The corduroy has a nice hand and is the most beautiful deep shade of ruby.  Oh well, at least I know Donna will use it and she loves corduroy as much as I do.  My fabric stash is shrinking.

Not sure how long it will last, but the creative part of my brain is actually in gear.  I’ve already decided on the next motif for A Crazy World and have ideas for a couple more.  I’m also thinking that it is about time to attach the world to the sky/space background.  Which means sorting through the tubs of fancies and picking out blue fabrics that range from very light to very dark.

Not much going on with knitting.  I usually knit in the evenings while watching TV and lately Bill’s been watching a lot of the Discovery and National Geographic channels, especially during shark week, which means that I have been dozing off a few minutes after sitting down.  Don’t get me wrong I like a lot of the programs on those channels, but in the evening when I’m tired, the calm voices of the narrators put me to sleep.,

Well I’m off to the sewing room for more Super Secret Skrappy Stitching.

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Family Photo

I’ve been sorting through the family geneology books, papers, photos and I came across this picture of my Great Grandparents.  They were married in 1899 and the picture on the wall was taken on their first wedding anniversary.  

 

Great grandparents Watson copy

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I’m still working on the Skrappy Panel Mystery Challenge, so no pics.  It won’t be much longer until the reveal at fall retreat in October.  Then I will post pics of all the finished challenges, and prove that I have actually been sewing and stitching.

My quilting fabrics never got sorted out after our move, so whenever I needed a fabric I had to dig through tubs and boxes.  After gifting a friend with 2 shelves of clothing fabrics I decided that it was time to get the quilting fabrics sorted, folded and put neatly on shelves in the closet.  Only problem was that I needed 2 more shelves.  I reported the shelving needs to the home’s chief carpenter and then hit the road for Tulsa to go with Kerry to see “Wicked”, which I highly recommend.  I arrived home on Sunday to this sight:

Sewing room chaos

Sewing room chaos

 

I do have to say that the piles of fabric on the floor are my doing, but everything else is all out in the middle of the floor because of this:

New Shelves

New Shelves

New shelves, and see, I’ve already gotten some of the fabrics folded.  Of course this won’t be all of my fabrics because I do have others that are sorted by type, such as the batiks, reproductions and orientals.

While sorting through the closet I stumbled across a block that I used to teach a dimensional applique class, it doesn’t need much more work, guess I should finish it.
Dimensional Applique

Dimensional Applique

 

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I just wasn’t feeling well and had a hard time adjusting to new meds.  Thanks to new pain meds and NSAID gels, the arthritis and muscle pains are pretty much under control.  Can’t do a lot for the muscle weakness, but I’m feeling much better.  Still having knee problems, but when it gets bad I just use my cane, to prevent falling down if the knees decide not to work.

 

After the panel challenge is over I will be getting back to Dear Jane and especially “A Crazy World”.  The crazy quilting group on Yahoo has started a “CQ by 2012” challenge.  The group members are challenged to make a  crazy quilt project by 2012 with the prospect of a large CQ display at a major quilt show.  I added my name to the list with the intent of finishing up crazy world by 2012.

I’m off to the quilt shop to find fabric for the latest panel project, then need to hurry back home and get busy.

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