Needlework Hand Crafted
© heavenlycastles.com 1999 - 2017
When Ray and I were first married we lived in West Germany where Ray was stationed with the US Air Force.  Ray had collected all of the pieces for an Avon chess set, but we had no way to display it. I hadn’t learned to do counted cross stitch yet, but we found a store off base that sold embroidery thread and cross stitch material.   Ray designed all of the motifs to use around the chess board and I carefully embroidered the designs.  The board turned out really well with our joint effort, and we displayed the chess set for years on this cloth.
My mother loved hummingbirds.  I did this little hummingbird in the hoop for her and liked it so well that I decided to make another one for myself. 
These were actually done by my mother when I first moved into my own home.  She knew I loved mice and she wanted me to have something cute to hang on the wall in my new place.  She was always doing special little things like this for both my sister and me.
This clock was made from a mail order catalog kit.  It is actually stamped cross stitch.  The colors were stamped on the material to show how to stitch it.  My father put the hexagonal frame together for me to finish the clock.

Welcome

Embroidery and

Cross Stitch

I started doing embroidery as a very young girl.  My grandmothers both did needlework, and my mother also embroidered, so each of them taught me a little about their talents.  My mother also had a friend who taught me a few embroidery stitches.  She probably had a little more patience teaching me than my relatives did.  After I got married I had a neighbor who was doing beautiful needlework pictures.  At the time, I had heard of counted cross stitch, but really didn’t realize what it was.  I remember my mother telling me when I was younger that she didn’t have the patience to do counted cross stitch, so she didn’t expose me to that craft.  After going to a supply sale with my neighbor, I attempted my first counted cross stitch project, and I was hooked.  I have almost exclusively done counted cross stitch ever since. This was my first embroidery project.  It uses some basic embroidery techniques for beginners.  Somehow I made a hole in the material above the butterfly, so my teacher had me fill it in with long white stitches to cover up the mistake.  Other than that, it wasn’t too bad for a first attempt by a 7-year-old.
This sampler also came in a kit and was stamped on linen-like fabric.  I bought the kit on sale and did the cross stitch  over a short period of time.  We have had the sampler framed and hanging in our dining room for several years.
I’ve always loved different kinds of flowers.  Of course, I would have to do cross stitch versions of flowers to bring that fresh feeling to my sewing room.
We were given a really lovely picture frame by a neighbor.  This is the insert in that frame.  We had to come up with something to put in it quickly, so after searching through pattern books, we came up with this design with tea cups representing the four seasons. 
Who doesn’t love Precious Moments?  This is one of my favorite designs.  I couldn’t afford the figurine, so I cross stitched the design instead.
Sometimes you just have to do something whimsical.  This one always cracks me up!  These little birdies are so cute!
I love giving gifts.  These are just some of the cross stitch projects I have made for other people.  It’s so nice when people understand how much work you have put into a piece.
My mother always loved birds, so this was the last big piece I made for her.
My sister keeps this one in her guest bathroom.  If you look really closely around the edges, there are tiny pearls accenting the inside and outside of the wreath.
My sister sews a lot, and especially makes quilts for gifts.  I made this for her to hang in her sewing room.  Its vintage style reminds me of her.
This quilting scene was by the same designer as the picture above, but for some reason it became much more difficult to stitch.  It took me so long that by the time I completed it, I donated it to a local group of crafters to sell in a fund raiser project they were doing.
The pictures above and below were gifts for friends from church.  Each took considerable time to complete, but they were labors of love. It is pleasing to finish projects for someone you truly care about.
My sister and I have always been very close.  These little dolls reminded me of us when we were kids.  With the two dolls sitting back to back, the one on the left represents my sister and the other one represents me.  Her hair was always darker and mine was more blonde until we got older.  When we had the same thing, she was usually given a blue one and I usually got pink.
© heavenlycastles.com 1999 - 2017

Welcome

Embroidery and Cross

Stitch

I started doing embroidery as a very young girl.  My grandmothers both did needlework, and my mother also embroidered, so each of them taught me a little about their talents.  My mother also had a friend who taught me a few embroidery stitches.  She probably had a little more patience teaching me than my relatives did.  After I got married I had a neighbor who was doing beautiful needlework pictures.  At the time, I had heard of counted cross stitch, but really didn’t realize what it was.  I remember my mother telling me when I was younger that she didn’t have the patience to do counted cross stitch, so she didn’t expose me to that craft.  After going to a supply sale with my neighbor, I attempted my first counted cross stitch project, and I was hooked.  I have almost exclusively done counted cross stitch ever since. This was my first embroidery project.  It uses some basic embroidery techniques for beginners.  Somehow I made a hole in the material above the butterfly, so my teacher had me fill it in with long white stitches to cover up the mistake.  Other than that, it wasn’t too bad for a first attempt by a 7- year-old. .
When Ray and I were first married we lived in West Germany where Ray was stationed with the US Air Force.  Ray had collected all of the pieces for an Avon chess set, but we had no way to display it. I hadn’t learned to do counted cross stitch yet, but we found a store off base that sold embroidery thread and cross stitch material.   Ray designed all of the motifs to use around the chess board and I carefully embroidered the designs.  The board turned out really well with our joint effort, and we displayed the chess set for years on this cloth.
My mother loved hummingbirds.  I did this little hummingbird in the hoop for her and liked it so well that I decided to make another one for myself. 
Needlework Hand Crafted
This clock was made from a mail order catalog kit.  It is actually stamped cross stitch the colors were stamped on the material to show how to stitch it.  My father put the hexagonal frame together for me to finish the clock.
These were actually done by my mother when I first moved into my own home.  She knew I loved mice and she wanted me to have something cute to hang on the wall in my new place.  She was always doing special little things like this for both my sister and me.
Who doesn’t love Precious Moments?  This is one of my favorite designs.  I couldn’t afford the figurine, so I cross stitched the design instead.
I love giving gifts.  These are just some of the cross stitch projects I have made for other people.  It’s so nice when people understand how much work you have put into a piece.
My mother always loved birds, so this was the last big piece I made for her.
My sister keeps this one in her guest bathroom.  If you look really closely around the edges, there are tiny pearls accenting the inside and outside of the wreath.
My sister sews a lot, and especially makes quilts for gifts.  I made this for her to hang in her sewing room.  Its vintage style reminds me of her.
This quilting scene was by the same designer as the picture above, but for some reason it became much more difficult to stitch.  It took me so long that by the time I completed it, I donated it to a local group of crafters to sell in a fund raiser project they were doing.
I’ve always loved different kinds of flowers.  Of course, I would have to do cross stitch versions of flowers to bring that fresh feeling to my sewing room.
We were given a really lovely picture frame by a neighbor.  This is the insert in that frame.  We had to come up with something to put in it quickly, so after searching through pattern books, we came up with this design with tea cups representing the four seasons. 
The pictures above and below were gifts for friends from church.  Each took considerable time to complete, but they were labors of love. It is pleasing to finish projects for someone you truly care about.
My sister and I have always been very close.  These little dolls reminded me of us when we were kids.  With the two dolls sitting back to back, the one on the left represents my sister and the other one represents me.  Her hair was always darker and mine was more blonde until we got older.  When we had the same thing, she was usually given a blue one and I usually got pink.
Sometimes you just have to do something whimsical.  This one always cracks me up!  These little birdies are so cute!
This sampler also came in a kit and was stamped on linen-like fabric.  I bought the kit on sale and did the cross stitch  over a short period of time.  We have had the sampler framed and hanging in our dining room for several years.