Fall is definitely in the air and once all the outside work is done and everything picked up and put away, there will be time for relaxing.
Is Fall my favourite season? I’m not sure, I love all the seasons. I could do without the -30C weather in the middle of winter, though. I’m not much on that. Maybe we’ll be able to get down to southern California again late winter, we’ll see.
I’m trying to think of some projects and hobbies to focus on this winter. We’ll be doing some little home reno projects like, maybe getting the floor laid in the loft closet.
I’m thinking of get back into my needlework, although I’m wondering if my eyes will be good enough for it. I’ll dig out a small kit of unfinished work and try to get it done. By that time, I should know whether my eyes can take the strain.
Do you enjoy needlecrafts? I know there used to be home parties where you could buy needlework kits. It was like Tupperware, but with needlework.
I used to do a lot of crewel, which is embroidery using wool instead of thread. I still have some of the pictures hanging on our walls; a lot of other projects were done as gifts for family and friends. I always really enjoyed doing embroidery and many a winter evening would find me sitting in a warm spot with a lamp over my shoulder while I worked.
Embroidery has been around for ages, it actually dates back to the middle ages. Back then, a lot of it was done for church garments.
Embroidery can be done to dress up all kinds of things, pillowcases (like Grandma used to have) table runners, or done on shawls and jackets. Dresses and formal wear often feature embroidery and along with applique, were used extensively on Kate’s gown when she married HRH William. Even wedding shoes are lace and hand-embroidered.
Do you remember any items from your childhood that were embroidered? Linens that were in your mother’s or Grandmother’s linen closet? Maybe you were taught as a young girl and worked, like I did, on a handkerchief as an early project.