I LOVE to embroider. I started doing embroidery when I was in
high schooladorning blue jeans and chambray shirts with flowers,
suns, frogs, rainbows, etc. Over the years I have embroidered numerous
baby quilts, "7 Days of the Week" kitchen towel sets and aprons
as shower, wedding and birthday gifts for friends and family.
I have a very old and worn quilt my grandma Molly embroidered with pictures
of nursery rhymes. I can remember as a child sitting on the quilt and
imagining myself actually in the scenes she had embroidered. My 94 year
old mother Lydella also enjoyed embroidery. My twin sister Marilyn loves
to embroider as well. It must be in the genes, eh? :-)
Below are a number of embroidery projects I have completed in recent
large images from The Vegetarian Epicure
These two embroidered images are based on illustrations in the cookbook
Vegetarian Epicure, by Anna Thomas, illustrations
by Julie Maas. I bought The Vegetarian Epicure
in 1972 (the year I graduated from high school) because I wanted to
expand my culinary horizons. I remember being captivated by Julie Maas's
beautiful line drawings scattered throughout the book. When
I thumb through the book now, the images take me back to when I was
a young woman striking out on my own in the world. I have been wanting
to embroider a few of these images for quite some time and decided in
January 2011 that I would do just that and complete them before the
end of the year. Mission accomplished! The two images were so much
fun to embroider—I can't begin to tell you!
In 2004 I hand-embroidered a large (18"x18") portrait of my
twin sister and myself based on the picture of the two of us further
down on this page. In 2005 it won third place in a local textile
art show! Amazing! It was a VERY fun project to stitch.
Take a look!
Anthropomorphic Kitchen Towels – Christmas, 2010
I embroidered a lot of kitchen towels for various family members for
Christmas 2010. I used vintage patterns collected over the years.
Domestic Diva Apron
Check out one of the "Domestic Diva" aprons I have embroidered
for friends and family. I've embroidered nine of them (so far!) and
they have proven to be quite popular gifts.
Tin Tin and Snowy
When my friend Molly Trebiatowski got married a few years ago, I decided
to embroider some Tin Tin and Snowy kitchen towels for her. She had
always been a big fan of the comic strip. I found some images online
and used those to create these towels. They were a BIG hit.
Cat and Dog
I spent a VERY lovely week in beautiful Traverse City, MI with friends
Amy (Sander) and Jim Moore. These cat and dog guest towels are a gift
I embroidered and sent to them after my trip. I used a vintage (1940s)
Vogurt embroidery pattern to stitch these very kitschy towels!
Coffee Cup Towels
This was my first attempt at designing and drawing embroidery patterns
for kitchen towels.
The Cat's Pajamas
Okay, so there are no cats in pajamas on these kitchen
towels just 1960s-era cats performing household chores. I
embroidered these towels as a wedding shower gift for Rachel Taylor,
oldest daughter of dear friends Ralph and Nancy Taylor. I also embroidered
this set for my beloved friend Pat and her husband Jeff.
Home – Rachel and Carlos Lane
I embroidered this Home Sweet Home picture as a wedding present for
Rachel and Carlos Lane.
Baby Carolina Embroidered
I found an embroidered coverlet at an antiques store in Kalona, Iowa
and loved the circus animals stitched on it. I bought it, photocopied
the embroidered images, and then used the photocopies to trace the animal
images on to fabric. Voila! A baby coverlet for Rachel and Carlos Lane's
baby girl, Carolina.
How Now Brown Cow?
Check out the cow towels
I embroidered for my friend Cynthia, who loves cows. These were a lot
of fun to stitch!
1960s Inspired Dish Towels
I've got quite a collection of vintage embroidery patterns from the
40s and 50s, but have not had much luck finding patterns from the early
60s. Soooo, I created a few of my own and have embroidered several dish
towels for friends. Take a look!
Embroidered Square Dance
Click here to view some
Square Dance dish towels I embroidered as a wedding gift for my friend
Kathie and her husband Todd. I found the pattern several years ago in
an antiques store in Kalona, Iowa. I believe it dates from the 1950s.
Kathie and Todd, both Square Dance enthusiasts, loved them.
Home Sweet Home - Street
This project is an embroidered wall hanging made for my friends Amy
and Jim Moore. It depicts their two beloved dogs Street
and Matty that I had the pleasure of meeting during a summer
vacation in Michigan in 2002.
I made this sock monkey for
my great-nephew Blake. It has a LITTLE bit of embroidery on it
see the "B" on the cap.
myself basic HTML back in the late 1990's when the internet was rolling
out to the masses. Learning HTML has proven to be a very wise decision.
After I got the hang of basic HTML, I started using Dreamweaver and WordPress to design and build
web sites. Here are a few I created.
together a few pages of photos of my twin sister and I as we were growing
up. That's me,
Carolyn, on the left and my identical twin sister, Marilyn, on the right.
(We're a little bit older now.) Click here
to take a look!
Noah's Ark Animal Foundation
I do volunteer work with Noah's Ark Animal Foundation, a no-kill shelter
located in Fairfield, Iowa. When they needed help creating a new Web
site, I offered my humble services. You can visit the site at www.noahsark.org.