It reminds me of my grandma.
My grandma and the hundreds of doilies she crocheted out of an endless number of tiny chain stitches. Her crocheted chain stitches look almost identical to the embroidery chain stitch.
I absolutely loved visiting my grandma’s house. When you walked in the door you could see her doilies right away. There’d be one under every plant and lamp. Doily table runners on the side tables. And at Easter there would be pretty yellow and pink and purple ones out. She had a little “stitching station” beside her chair in the living room, so when she was relaxing and watching tv, she would be crocheting. No idle hands for Grandma.
|Grandma and Grandpa. Check out all those doilies in the background.|
A little over a year ago, while organizing my craft supplies, I came across a bin full of grandma’s thread that she used to make her doilies. About 20 opened spools, some full and some with just a bit of thread left. I had stored them away because I wanted them to stay just as they were when my grandma passed away. But now, years later, I decided the best way for me to honor my grandma was to use her thread.
So I started making her doilies. Stitching the same pattern she used, with her thread, and her tiny crochet hook.
“DOILY: Starting at center, chain 16. Join with sl st to form ring.”
16 chain stitches made, thousands more to go.
|My first doily using grandma's floss. The green is from a tiny ball of thread I found hiding in the center of a larger spool.|
I was a couple rows into my 4th doily when I was asked by Pat and Jane to design a quilt block for The Splendid Sampler. I knew immediately that I wanted to continue to honor my grandma and her doilies by combining her main craft of crochet with my main craft of embroidery, and my mom’s main craft of quilting. I wanted my block to represent our 3 generations of crafting.
My quilt block is of a “crocheted” doily being stitched with a tiny metal hook.
I love that I finally got to design an embroidery using the chain stitch with what the chain stitch always reminded me of. Grandma’s doilies.
|"Crocheted Thoughts" My Splendid Sampler quilt block.|
You can get the free pattern for the embroidered quilt block on the Splendid Sampler homepage by clicking the link below.
Get the free pattern here: thesplendidsampler.com
Let’s make the quilt block together!
Over the next couple of days, I’ll be sewing and embroidering my Splendid Sampler block LIVE on Periscope.
You’ll be able to sew and stitch the block right along with me, and ask any questions you have along the way LIVE and I’ll answer them during the Periscope. We’ll hang out and craft together!
So first, go download the pattern at the Splendid Sampler by clicking here.
Then download the free Periscope app to your device from the App Store for Apple products or Play store for Android (if you're using an iPad, look in the iPhone only apps).
In the app, click the person icon and then the magnifying glass icon, and search for my user name, penguinandfish. Click follow. I will Periscope LIVE at 9:30pm central time, starting tonight, March 20, 2016, so tune in (Periscope should notify you when I’m live). Then grab your crafting supplies and we’ll make the block together.
Note: You do need a Twitter account to use Periscope. If you don't have or want an account, you can still view my Periscopes live (but not participate in comments) at periscope.tv/penguinandfish.
Can't watch LIVE?
If you missed any of the Periscopes live, you can watch all of the replays at:
I'm making EVERY SINGLE BLOCK of The Splendid Sampler LIVE on Periscope and you can watch them all by clicking the Katch link above.
You can also check out my blocks so far on my Instagram at:
instagram.com/penguinandfish (I'd love if you followed me there)
Need some help with embroidery?
I did a few embroidery lessons leading up to the release of my block for The Splendid Sampler. If you're new to embroidery, need some help transferring your design, want a stitch refresher, or want some fun tips and tricks, then check out the replay videos.
To watch, click the katch.me/penguinandfish link then click the "collections" tab on the website. Click "Embroidery Lessons" to watch.
I’m excited to work on the block together with you.
Happy stitching! And good luck with all the rest of The Splendid Sampler blocks.
Comment below, or feel free to contact me (Alyssa) at emails [at] penguinandfish [dot] com (type out using the “@” and “.” symbols with no spaces).
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