For many years, I have included a heart in just about every project I have ever done, for it is the universal symbol of love and I'm all into that. Seems an age ago, I stitched these hearts you see here and I'm still stitching them, though they are more difficult for me to do these days. Vision being what it is and all. I'll keep trying, I hope, to make them "from my heart."
My sister gave me this Mary Englebreit girl....her message simple. And, I've added a few of the hearts I've made over time to this photo.
And, this pincushion one of my favorite things I've every sewn. It's about three inches square.
Back when I was teaching, I often kept an embroidery hoop filled with muslin and I'd use that to demonstrate how to make the stitches we would use in whatever project we were making. I sometimes gave them away, but this one I kept.
Here's a tiny pincushion I made to go with a doll. It's about an inch and a half squre. With the heart simply outlined in backstitch. FUN!
And, here are some hearts....tiny ones, drawn quickly....and stitched at leisure. I would call this
"practice." Do people do that any more?
Notice the little drawn heart in the upper left. Just to show you that the smallest piece of fabric never need go to waste. I'll use that little heart on something, just you wait and see.
And, more. These may forever remain just as they are. Reminders of things I used to do.
More or less.
Notice on this piece, there are also circles. More difficult than hearts, I think, but still possible.
Just another look at it all.
By the way, I love this wonderful old quilt I bought....so simple, so gorgeous!!
I was looking for some quotes today....hearts, Valentines, whatever. And, I found this one. Immediately, it has become one of my favorites. So, I'll remember it this Valentine's Day because I think it might be true.
"The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a Heart Print.."
And, here....one from my collection...a vintage German Valentine. (Did you notice there is a tiny basket of flowers?)
Sending you best wishes for
A Very Beautiful and Happy Valentine's Day!
until next time
Bird Nest Cottage