Garden Birds, Tiny Mittens and Embroidery

13 Dec

1   I sat and watched our garden birds this morning.

2   I finished the tiny fingerless mittens for Grand-baby B last night and love how the size compares with the gloves of her Grandfather, the lovely Mr S.

Two pairs of gloves

Two pairs of gloves

3   Today I have used one of my Granny’s hand-embroidered tablecloths. She taught me to do all these stitches except the one that creates the hole. I would love to know how that works. She also taught me to iron on the back to make sure the design is properly in relief on the front.

Granny's embroidery

Granny’s embroidery


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9 responses to “Garden Birds, Tiny Mittens and Embroidery

  1. Julie in San Diego

    January 29, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I have done the holes. Mark the circle with chalk. I/8 inch outside of the circle, make a running stitch circle two times, one beside the other. Buttonhole stitch all around, going in at the chalk mark and coming out just beyond the circles of stitching. Join the end to the beginning. From the backside carefully cut away the the fabric from the center of the holes, being super careful not to cut any stitches. Trim any left over loose threads of the fabric. My mother had a floral lace tablecloth her mother had made using this method with taupe thread on cream fabric, Very pretty.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Thank you for this detailed description of how you did the holes. I’d love to see a picture at some point. 🙂

  2. ladysighs

    December 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    The birds are really lovely. They look so peaceful .. just going about their business. 🙂

  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    December 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    love embroidering…My Mom taught me also…not as good…but, I do know how…
    what fun to see the comparison in size with the mittens…

  4. Sue Vincent

    December 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    My great granny taught me the embroidery too. The holes are dome with variations on eyelet embroidery…

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you! Thanks for visiting and teaching me what I wanted to know. 🙂

      • Sue Vincent

        December 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        I have fond memories of embroidering linen long ago. I taight my sons too.

        • mybeautfulthings

          December 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm

          Did you also learns mocking? I made some pretty things for my daughters. I taught one of them to crochet and to sew but not to embroider. 🙂


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