Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Jenn wanted to make something special for her sister Laurie for Christmas. She had an idea of what she wanted to make. She thought that a pillow with houses appliqued to reflect the homes that Laurie has lived in throughout her life would be a wonderful project. So Jenn came to me for advice on how to make it. She knew what the design would look like, but never really had any experience in applique or embroidery, so I showed her how to blanket stitch the pieces that she had cut out onto the pillow background. She asked me to help her finish the project, so I added some of the finishing touches with hand embroidery. We were very pleased with the way it turned out. Laurie loved it. I hope this sparked Jenn's interest in creating handmade items so that she can join Laurie and I in our passion for primitive crafting.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Amish Doll

My daughter Jenn is an avid reader of Beverly Lewis' Amish novels. Since I am making primitive dolls, I thought it would be appropriate to make her an Amish doll. I just finished this doll last night - just in time to wrap up for Christmas. Shhh! Don't tell her.

(Jenn was thrilled with her new Amish doll on Christmas Day.)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Primitive Sheep Stitchery Pillow

I recently completed this sheep stitchery sampler pillow, embroidered in shades of cranberry and green. I have it listed on Ebay under my seller name "wildberryprims". It is stitched on tea-stained muslin and bordered with cranberry and green Thimbleberries fabrics. The pillow reads "Live Simply" which is surrounded with stitched pip berries and vines. Below is a prim sheep adorned with a gold star, then a prim alphabet is below the sheep.