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the sound of stitching...


Today I snuck outside for a bit to do some stitching. About a week ago I was looking for something to embroider, now I've got a bunch of things that want to and need to get done. I can't wait to show you everything, but several items are for my upcoming shop update, so I'm keeping them a bit of a secret. The update, by the way, will be next week (I had hoped for this week, but things got busy...).

Anyway, as I sat on the patio stitching, I couldn't help but notice the sound of the floss passing through the fabric. What a lovely noise, especially when the cloth is pulled oh so tight in the embroidery hoop. It brings back memories from when I was little. My mom used to do candlewicking regularly. I vividly remember the sound of her bringing the thread through the muslin, and then the pop that occurred when each french knot was formed. It's almost comforting.

Have I talked about this before? I'm not sure...it seems familiar.

Tonight as I continued to work on the piece above, my dad heard the same sound and commented. I don't think he picked up on the audio memory that I had. But the other day just before I was trying not to use harsh words toward the serger, and it was working nicely, I heard my dad tell my mom how nice it is to hear a sewing machine going in the house.

By hand or machine, the sound of stitching is a pleasant one...


  1. I know exactly what you mean about the sound of sewing.

    I have always loved the drawing sound embroidery makes through a tight hoop. And when I was little, I would always find myself going to sleep by the sound of my mother's sewing machine. (She was a seamstress when I was a little girl.)

    Now, my kids are sometimes the ones going to sleep by the sound of a machine.
    : ) The humming noise is a comfort to me now as it was then, reminding me that all is "right" with the world (at least our little piece of the world) while creative hands are making and providing.

    Thanks for the memory. BTW, I just finished a lovely quilt from my first quilt-a-long.


    That provided a lot of fun hours of summer sewing...thus the name of the quilt: Summertime Day!

  2. I love the sound too! My hubby always comments that he loves the sound it makes when I'm embroidering while sitting next to him! So peaceful and relaxing!!!


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