My mother and I began a new super secret project while I was home for the Holiday season.  Any guesses?  We made some rather spectacular progress, if I do say so myself.  I enjoyed the way the colors looked arranged against the crisp white of my laptop.

There's something about sewing, and watching people sew that I just love.  It's one of those few arts that, as far as I know, has been done the same way for a long time.  Needle, thread, stitching.  Which is not to say that there haven't been obvious advances - but the basics seem timeless to me.  Something about pulling the thread, seeing the progress made, simply makes me happy.

By far, my favorite needle art is stamped cross stitch and embroidery.  Checking back and forth between a cross stitch chart and my canvas just drives me crazy, and needlepoint makes my fingers ache.  But stamped patterns can be so enjoyable - it's one of those arts that I can't understand why it's disappearing.  Like many cross stitch arts, the stamped patterns available at many stores are less than fashionable.  I see such beautiful patterns in my vintage magazines, that I do believe it's time for a revival.  Here's to the transfer!



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