Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 37

Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 37 – September 30, 2012


Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.



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Headboard embroidery has been finished and delivered. 

The headboard made me realize that we need a new tablecloth but this one is going to be covered in embroidery.  Our kitchen table, made by George, is octagonal.  The last tablecloth that I made for my kitchen table was at the direction of my mother.  She did not want the ends of the tablecloth to drape.  She wanted me to put elastic on the ends of the tablecloth so we wouldn’t accidentally pull on the tablecloth and knock things over.  Well, she had a good point and I made it as she instructed.  Alas, it is now old and worn.  The kitchen curtains were made earlier than the tablecloth.  They were my first attempt at roman shades and turned out very nice.  Of course, everything, curtains, tablecloth, and even the napkins were from the same fabric.  I’m just ready for new décor throughout the house.  This will be a good start.

The tablecloth fabric is natural colored muslin.  Muslin used to be the cheapest fabric out there and was used to make mock ups of patterns.  Now muslin is apparently one of the “in” fabrics because it is certainly no longer the cheap fabric it used to be.

Designing the embroidery to go on the tablecloth has been time consuming.  We have so many stock designs that it is hard to choose.  I finally decided to use several of the designs in my favorite color – red.  I needed some sort of a design plan.  It turned out that one of my digitizing programs is able to do this to scale.   Now that’s a very nice feature.  I am able to place the individual stock designs into the program and see how it would look on the tablecloth, more or less.  This is an ongoing project.

Some of our friends came over and got the sago palms.  It worked out really nice since a couple of them came over, brought the food, cooked dinner, and afterward we all enjoyed several glasses of wine and delightful conversation.

We’ve been eating and sharing bell peppers from the garden lately.  This is truly a bell pepper kind of year.  We have one tiny eggplant plant that decided to start producing.  Right now we have the beginnings of an eggplant on the plant.

We are still watching the tomatoes and hoping for nice big fruit this fall.

I was thinking the other day about the internet being world wide.  George and I, both, are on Facebook and have acquired many friends that we know only through Facebook.  Several of those friends are from other countries.  A popular pastime on Facebook is animals and there are lots and lots of posts about how people consider their dogs and cats as family members.  We do, too.  I wonder what people in other countries who eat dog meat think of our attention to our pets?

Have a wonderful week.
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The oldest known existing embroidery is the Bayeux tapestry; it is believed to have been produced in approximately 1066.  It is nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long, and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.  It is not actually a tapestry but rather, embroidery.  The tapestry is now exhibited at Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, France.
The entire 230ft embroidery/tapestry can be seen at:

C’est tout, mes amis


Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

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