Saturday, May 11, 2013

An OLD Girl Scout

I was compelled to switch gears and work on a dishtowel pattern that I bought a few years ago.  In fact, I've collected almost all of these patterns and bought the dishtowels, but haven't gotten around to actually making one because I was CHICKEN.  Ha! Scared to embroider.  I haven't embroidered since I was a Girl Scout, and that was a few years ago.  Let's just say I barely remember being a Girl Scout.

I finally decided to dig in and give it a try.  I was amazed at how fast I finished - compared to tatting, it's a fast accomplishment.  I couldn't really remember how many strands of thread to use or how big the stitches should be - all I knew is that I had to be consistent.  It all came back to me, but not until I was on the LAST vine, so my first try is less than wonderful.  But, this practice dishtowel is going in my own kitchen.  Good practice!  

I finished the towel by fusing the fabric "basket" and handle on, and then giving it a simple zig-zag around. Then I added a binding around the entire towel.  The corner basket is the basis of each pattern, with the embroidery different for each one.  When I saw these towels a few years ago, I liked them so much I picked up a pattern whenever I saw one.  Finally, one is complete - so this is a great accomplishment.  Now I'm ready to work on some more - no fear :)

To see the rest of the patterns, click HERE.

AND, in cardiology news, I'm free of it all.  No meds, no check-ups, no worries.  The ablation procedure that I had was apparently effective, and I had no signs of arrhythmia during the torturous 30-days of wearing that monitor that I really disliked. [It's amazing how they can gather that necessary information, however.] The stress test did not produce any arrhythmia either, so I'm back to doing anything I did prior to my hospital visit.  Yahoo!  I could've hugged everyone that came within 5 feet of me for two days after that cardiologist visit.

Instead of passing out hugs to complete strangers, my girls and I took in a class on Nordic Walking.  It's more of a workout than you think - and enjoyable through the beautiful parks we have available to us.  I could get hooked on this type of exercise. 

Now, if the weather would just cooperate and act like spring.  My tulips are confused!  We are expecting frost by morning, and a high in the upper 80F degrees on Tuesday.  

Only in Minnesota!


  1. Well done on the embroidery and the health problem.
    Your weather is like ours, it can't make up its mind, We had a beautiful weekend last week, bank holiday and temps in the 20c +, today it's high winds and back to being cold, they are even forecasting snow in Scotland again, My flowers are more than confused, I have early spring and late spring flowering together.

  2. I am so happy to read that you are back to normal! Embroidery? I don't remember learning... if I did, it must have been a traumatic experience. ;-)

    My daughter and her husband took a get-away weekend to Duluth. Duluth?! Yes, they saw snow!

  3. I Love the dish towel. I think all of mom's dish towels were embroidered. I still have a few of them. And what wonderful news about your heart! Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Congrats on being healthy!
    Nice embroidery, I haven't done any for years, I should just to keep my hand in, maybe after I get all my tatting projects finished.... like that will ever happen right??? he he
    have fun with the walking. So much more enjoyable with friends or loved ones.

  5. So pleased to hear the good news about your health, that is wonderful! I just recently picked up embroidery again too :-) It does come back rather fast I think, and is nice and speedy to accomplish. I have been enjoying it...have been working on sets of towels for each of the Mom's in my life (there are 3, plus my Sister). Your basket dish towel pattern is fun :-)


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