Week 11 Creative Challenge : An Embroidered Handkerchief

Hi. I hope you’ve had a good week. For my Weekly Creative Challenge, last week I embroidered some clovers on a plain cotton vintage handkerchief that I already had.

It was stitched freehand, using a length of pearl cotton thread I had left over from a couple of other recent projects (previously posted about here and here). I’ve never embroidered with pearl cotton before — it’s a single twisted strand rather than 6 separate thin threads that make up the floss usually used for embroidery — so, that was a new creative experience.

I knew I was going to try making clovers but had no idea what the exact pattern would end up looking like, so it took shape as I went along. I just kept on stitching until I’d used up every bit of that remnant of thread.

Of course, the holiday for which we usually use a clover motif, St. Patrick’s Day, is over, but rabbits eat clover, so I might use it in spring/Easter decorating, or I might put it away until next year.

Also, here are a few seasonal vignettes I photographed for Instagram. (My account is here)

I really enjoy all the “photo challenges” that members of the vintage community there host and participate in, so each of these was created to suit one of those hashtag. You might recognize the newly made “Creative Challenge” items in some of the phots.

Theme : A Seasonally Decorated Tiered Tray for #retroshowandtell

Themes : A flat-lay vignette for St. Patrick’s Day for #visionsofvintage and Vintage Green Glass for #colorfulvintagegals

Theme : On Wednesdays we share pink. Using the colour pink for #vintagepinkaday

Theme : A St. Patrick’s Day image , where they wanted us to “hunt our collections” to find and include various things : something gold, a shamrock, a green book, a rainbow, something Irish, a lucky find

Theme : Shamrocks for #retroshowandtell

Thank you for reading. Wishing you a good week to come. xo loulou