There is an old saying that spring has arrived when you can put your foot upon seven daisies at once. On that basis, spring is definitely here in Devon!!
Spring has also arrived when the sun shines into the darkest corners of your home, those neglected nooks and crannies, and reveals (if you’re anything like me!) the somewhat sketchy nature of your winter dusting. So, the spring cleaning continues apace here in Coombe Leigh, and my latest task was to dust and reorganise my books. I am a bit of a magpie with books, having been a keen reader from a very early age, and certainly more have entered my home than have left it over the years!
One of my most treasured volumes is my 1930’s edition of Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, passed down to me from my grandmother through my mother, both of whom were keen needlewomen. I remember as a child being entranced by the tiny images next to some of the descriptions …..
I am certain these don’t appear in modern editions – but I think they’re wonderful – so representative of their era, and some at least are crying out to become embroidery patterns in their own right. So, when I grew tired of dusting (which didn’t take very long!) I decided to turn one of my favourites into a springtime embroidery – the little girl with the daisy chain you can see above. The original illustrations are tiny, no more than 1″ square, so I had to scan the original, then play around a bit in photoshop before I had an image both large enough and of good enough quality to transfer to (yes I couldn’t leave it alone for long!) my wonderful vintage linen.
After embroidering the little girl and her daisies, I added a border of feedsack scraps, then after lining for strength, turned her into a patch pocket on the front of a linen bag (lined with Cath Kidston fabric). I think she’s adorable, and if you’d like to have a go at embroidering her yourself, then just click here to download the free transfer.