In the midst of tidying up my linen cupboard, I came across this lovely ballerina doily embroidery that I just had to share. I made this when I was much younger – maybe in the first couple of years of highschool, so about 12 or 13 years old.
I think the kit was by Semco and came with all the threads and the chart of colours and stitches. The design was printed on the linen and the edging was finished so I just did the embroidery.
The needlework is nowhere near as fine as Mum’s, but I’m pretty impressed with my own skills back then. I’m not sure I could recreate it now!
Embroidery like this is a bit of a dying art, I fear. I remember my grandmothers and my mum always having doilies similar to this on their dressers but they are not as popular now. I wonder whether it will be another craft that will come back in style one day?
Your embroidery was pretty good back then Tonya. What a lovely design. My mother and I stitched some Semco embroidered doilies when I was young too and I’m lucky enough to have a collection that both my grandmothers stitched. They are precious.
Beautiful work Tonya! I am really impressed!
Thank you, Joan!
This is beautiful! I think embroidery is making a comeback, I’ve found some websites/blogs devoted to it. I’ve recently taken it up, and my 14 year old has started as well.
Tonya Grant says
I agree Kathleen – it is making a comeback. I find it really soothing to do too.
This is beautiful! I’m just teaching myself to embroidery and cross stitch. I love it but it’s probably more difficult to learn as an adult rather than growing up with it.