As I sat in my studio today working on new designs, I stopped for a bit to look at all the projects I have going currently.
As I have mentioned before, there is an almost unending supply of antique and vintage textiles filling all the crevices in my studio.
What I saw today is several examples of handwork.
Since I love so many types of textiles and handwork , I have a lovely collection to choose from.
I have been working with hand embroidered pieces with sweet little chickens and a really wonderful example of “chicken scratch “.
Most people know what embroidery is, but the art of hand embroidery is unfortunately being overwhelmed by machine embroidery.
“Chicken Scratch” is a simple country, almost primitive art form.
I remember my mother showing me how to embroider the “chicken scratch ” stitch onto a piece of gingham.
I much prefer beautiful Hand embroidery to machine embroidery.
Vintage crewel is another favorite. While hand crewel textiles can be very expensive , there are several vintage designers that created a machine crewel for drapery and upholstery
Lee Jofa is one such designer and Jacobean is a very popular design.
Here are some examples of the vintage hand needle and machine needle work I am working with.