Tuesday, 18 March 2008

100 blooming posts!

Thank you to all the girls who commented yesterday on the 'indulgence' of stitching time. The general consensus was: "Forget the housework & stitch without guilt"! I knew I was asking the right audience for feedback! I can happily sew today without justification. It seems this post is my 100th - how did that happen? To mark the occasion, I was hoping to find my very first piece of stitching to show you, done in kindergarten. Unfortunately, it has gone missing in the move - I am hoping it is back at the farm. However, these photos are of little embroidered doilies I did in primary school. Don't you love the gaudy seventies colours?! I do have a soft spot for the little bluebirds all these years later. Do you remember the little bluebird signet rings & lockets we all used to wear?As you know, any blogger worth her bandwidth should have a giveaway to celebrate 100 posts of rabbiting on. Please leave me a message on this post, perhaps even with an early stitching memory or a childhood jewellery story. I remember having a charm bracelet with ten tiny scrolls inscribed with the ten commandments! Think I still have it somewhere ... Please feel free to leave a message even if it's your first - I would love to hear from you. I will do a random draw after Easter sometime for a little something handmade from me. Don't get too excited - after my last post, it will indeed be something small & quick, but lovingly crafted nonetheless!

40 comments:

  1. I can't get past my admiration of the neatness and delicate nature of your early work to distract you with stories of my own! But hey, what the heck! My earliest memory of 'stitching as a youngster was in 'Girl's Brigade'...there were only 2 of us in the group but we were still 'a group'! I too wore a bluebird brouch as a child - and still have it! I must dig it out and 'treasure' it more. Caroline

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  2. wow such beautiful stitching.......I did a couple of posts last month with my old sewing crafting......and I also had a charm braceletwhen younger. I LOVED it soo much........

    Congrats on 100 blooming posts......

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  3. Your early embroidery is outstanding!I always worked on pillowcases...striving for the perfect stitches! Thank you for such an inspiring blog..congrats on 100!!
    Mary Jo in Iowa

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  4. Well, apparently you are younger than I, as I don't remember any jewelry with birds....lol

    Trying hard to remember my first stitching project and would guess it was what they called "chicken scratch" in the 70's. "X's" stitched over gingham....

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  5. your stitching is beautiful
    I did not do any craft as a child my mum could not sew and I had no grandmas. When I was around 10 a girlfriend and I decided to make skirts out of old sheets. I wish someone would have told us we needed to make them big enough to get into and then use elastic or put in a button
    we just sewed them togther hehehe I did not do any more sewing for a while after that.
    I love all my craft now
    hugs Beth

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  6. Happy 100th post! Your stitching is exquisite! (Why, oh, why can't we still incorporate this type of instruction in our elementary schools?...)

    ...my earliest memory of stitching is an embroidered pillowcase that my aunt so lovingly watched me stitch (and I give her credit for not wanting to lean over & rip out some of the stitches!) It is still brought out today and used by my daughters---inspite of the wonky stitches.

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  7. OH CONGATS ON 100 POSTS
    YAY
    hugs Beth

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  8. Congratulations on your 100th Blooming Post. I so enjoy coming here to see what you are up to. I remember sitting for hours with an embroidery hoop in my hand when I was just a young child. I have always loved anything hand made and wish I had spent more time trying to teach my children the crafts the way I was taught by my wonderful step-mother and my granny. They tried some but never had much interest. I keep learning new things so maybe it's not to late for me to still teach them so they can teach their children.
    Thanks for your posts and I am looking forward to your 200th!

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  9. Happy 100th blog post. I learned the backstitch when I was in Brownies but I can't remember what the project was. I do remember that my stitches looked very large and very sad. I didn't embroider much until of recent years when I did some crewel before learning to quilt. Now I embroider on quilting projects. And I enjoy it.

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  10. Had to giggle at your "gaudy" colours, they seem to be coming back into fashion again, like so many others things that do a complete circle. I did embroidery at school and Brownies, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was, probably something totally revolting.....

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  11. Congratulations on your 100th post! I agree with the others who suggested to stitch without guilt. *s* My first craft wasn't stitching, but weaving potholders. I made hundreds of them and that may have sparked my interest in working with my hands.

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  12. Congrats on your 100th post! I absolutely love the little blue birds!

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  13. Wow! Ros, your stitching was beautiful way back then....
    I remember having a blue-bird signet ring. After lots of wear and the wings getting caught on everything, it looks worse for wear but I still have it hoping that one day I'll get a jeweller to fix it for me.??
    I loved the fact that our initials were engraved on the back.
    How flash were we.....

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  14. 100 posts well how about that...did you ever think..LOL..
    childhood jewellery, I remember having a gold bangle(well I thought it was gold) never took it off...it eventually had to be cut off my wrist.....well done and congratulations Bloom and we have come a long way haven't we....

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  15. Well done on your 100th post. When I was in Year 5 we had a wonderful teacher called Mrs Gibson. She taught us girls embroidery while the boys did sports. She was a gentle lady with lots of patience. The same year we all started to crochet rugs at recess and lunch. I could sit and stitch and even sew hems(non handsewers laught at me)all day long. Have a Happy Easter.
    Bev C

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  16. congrats! lucky you to start with such beautiful stitching so early!

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  17. I remember when I was little girl my mum did a lot of embroidery.When I was a baby I also had my nappies initialed, back in those days they where the fabric ones. I still have some of my mums work.
    Sylvia

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  18. congrats on 100 posts!!!!
    your sewing is just gorgeous!!

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  19. Hi Ros
    Congrats on your 100th blog. I had a bluebird necklace and earrings and I loved them I think I still have the necklace somewhere but I think its broken. The first thing I remember sewing and embroidering was an apron in 5th class I think and it was bright orange with my inital in blue on the pocket, it was all sewen by hand it definatly wasn't as neat and beautifully sewn as yours. Gai P

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  20. On my first day at school, aged about four and a half, I wore a cheap little ring that my Dad had bought me. As I was washing my hands at the tiny cloakroom basin, it fell off and disappeared down the plug hole. I was standing next to a girl called Jane Beard at the time. My memory is not as bad as I thought, that was 53 years ago - can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday though :o)

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  21. First time I have found your blog and it's gorgeous, or rather your sewing is gorgeous! Put me in for the giveaway please xx

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  22. What fun to remember our early works of stitching. I am so very thankfull to have a grandmother that had the patience and talent to teach me. It has given me many hours of enjoyment , and beauty in my home. I hope everyone feels the same. Good luck with future stitching and blogging.

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  23. Hi Bloom,
    I love your blog. Congratulations on reaching your 100th post. My first piece of needlework was a wrap around apron for cookery class at highschool - not really worth mentioning as it was pretty ordinary. Have improved a bit as far as stitchery/patchwork goes, but of course still have more WISP than finished!!! Happy Easter.
    Tina.

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  24. Happy 100th blogiversary!!! I've been enjoying your blog for some time, but haven't been very good st commenting. Your stitching is beautiful!

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  25. Beautful stitching!
    My mom always made our clothes, but I think it was my teacher at school that opened my eyes for crafting! I handstitched, knitted and crocheted dollclothes and the accessories for the dolls. It is still fun to bring the things out and look at them!

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  26. Congratulations on your 100th post. It comes up quick doesn't it. Beautiful stitching by the way and my first jewellery memory has to be ID bracelets and bluebird earings - shock.... I can remember the 70's!!

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  27. Congratulations on 100 posts Bloom. I ALWAYS wanted one of those little bluebird signet rings but never got one.

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  28. Congrats on 100! You must have a natural talent for stitchery, what I did as a child looks like a kid did it, your stitching is lovely.

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  29. Congratulations on your 100th post. I am not surprised that you do such a great job today, this early stitchery is so WELL done. I remember a bracelet I got when I was about 10 years old it had 10 Icelandic coins and I thought it was great *LOL*

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  30. Yes, I DO love the gaudy 70's colours! I wonder if Mum still has mine?

    Lovely stitching, I don't think my primary school efforts were up to your standard. I'm not sure my current efforts are, either. LOL

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  31. I remember my bluebird brooch and I still have it!! I also remember stitching in grade 5, just wish I could find it now!!!

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  32. I still have my Bluebird bracelet, wow that was long ago that they were in fashion. My very first stitching project that my Aunt got me to do has been made it into a wall hanging to remind me of where I started..... and I don't think there will be an end...to stitching that is....I always find another project to do....must blame my Aunt. x x x

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  33. Congratulations on your 100th post Bloom. I do remember having some nice jewellery as a child. I particularly remember my lovely gold bangle that I kept all those years until I had a daughter of my own and proudly gave it to her when she was a little girl. Yes, she lost it. However, insurance covered it and I got a new gold bangle which is still on my wrist to this day and one day, my darling daughter will get it again :) :)Not yet though!!

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  34. Hi there,
    Happy 100th post, well done and keep up the interesting posts. I still have my little pin wheel I made in 3rd class at school along with some other projects made in primary school. How quickly the years fly bye, I can still remember sitting in class stitching it and thinking then that I knew more about sewing then our sewing teacher did.
    Kerry

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  35. Congratulations on achieving 100 posts - a great effort. One of my early sewing projects was a felt dog I made in primary school. It was red and I think it must have come as a kit. I can remember entering it in the handcrafts section of the school show and being very proud to win a certificate. Hope you are having a happy Easter.

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  36. Congratulations on your 100th post - what an achievement and what gorgeous stitching to share with us too. I remember being a flower girl at 4 years old for my cousin and I was given a bluebird brooch and to this day, I have loved it so much. And my little secret is that my new BOM quilt that I am currently designing has a bluebird theme too.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous stitching and inspiration with us. x Janelle

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  37. Congrats on the 100th - I had a heart shaped signet ring with my initials engraved on it it is tucked away in a draw with my baby bracelet. Love the primary school needlework.

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  38. A small but very distinct memory. me and my grandma sitting in her bedroom (she lived with us), her teaching me how to stitch at only10 years old! I thought it was so hard back then, never understanding even how to separate the floss! LOL. Oh how far I've come since then. I cannot pick up a stitching project without thinking about her and those great memories. Congrats on 100! HUGS! Niki in AZ

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  39. Congrats on your 100th post! I just adore all the old fashioned embroideries. I have a huge mountain of old doilies and table cloths that I just look at. Can't bear to cut them up for anything. I also have a set of "Bluenird earrings" from the seventies. Unfortunately I didn't have the whole set, but love and still have the earrings. Gotta love the 70's.....Disco ball and all!!

    Nat x

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  40. 100 posts congratulations ! I have no distinct meories of sewing when I was small, it was always a presence in my life as my Nana was a drssmaker and made beautiful clothes, even wedding dresses for people. All her cupboards contained fabric ! I have a wonderful basket of buttons from her.

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