"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Monday, May 1, 2017

Block 4 "The Love of Home" (free pattern)...

One rather old and worn vintage doily was my inspiration for this month's stitchery. It's a simple design you can sew quickly because we all need a few of those in our pattern stash. 
Perhaps you have some special fabric or an old linen to use? The edge of a pillow case would be nice too.

I love the feeling of coming home after a long day out, a trip away or a hospital stay, don't you? 
Home is where I relax, shake off the outside world, and potter around the house in my cotton pajama pants and a sloppy over sized tee-shirt any time I want. It's where my family know they can come and sit down and be looked after, a safe haven, a sanctuary. Home is so many things to me.

There are times when I've been house-bound too long and I yearn to escape to fresh air and nature, but once I've had my fill of that my heart simply calls 'home' and the closer we get to our town, our suburb, and then our house, the more excited I become. Home welcomes me.

The doily I've used for this embroidery has some fraying but I think it adds to the character. 
The chain stitch inside the edge accentuates the fraying but as I said, it's the charm of age which made this project special...

The frame I used was not quite as wide as the doily and I almost went shopping for a larger one, but then I liked the way the tatting just fell over the edge of the frame's window so decided to 'go with the flow' instead.

An aperture sized piece of Pellon was fused behind the fabric backed doily after the embroidery was completed, and that's when I added the pink chain stitched border, pearl seed beads and buttons.

Your pattern sheet has this design in two sizes so you can stitch to suit your own needs. My version is the smaller one.

I wonder how you'll stitch "home"?

It's the May Day public holiday today and Mr E has a lot of school work to plan for his students so we're not heading off-road as we'd normally do in the Jeep on a free day, so I think an afternoon of baking may be in order because he likes nothing better than a sweet treat with his cuppa about 3pm.

Home always smells better when there's something lovely cooking in the oven, don't you think?



  1. Oh Jenny! This is the sweetest design ever! A brilliant idea using the doily and I love how you have framed it. Not sure what I will stitch this on yet or how I will use it but I am sure I will find something soon. Must dig out those doilies from the linen cupboard. They are in 2 doily keepers that my grandmothers made. Thanks so much for another beautiful design.

  2. Glenise Magnano - Gold CoastMay 1, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Beautiful Jenny. Love how you have used the doily. I intend to see if I have an old doily tucked away and display it and embellish it as you have done. Your work is so beautiful. Thank you. I wish I had not so quickly sent all my old doilies off to the auction house when we downsized to our small (shoebox) apartment over 12 years ago. Nevermind. I am sure I will find one somewhere I just need to stop reading the blogs that I love (and may I add that yours is my EVERY DAY ADDICTION AND MY MOST LOVED BLOG) and go clean out my cupboards and find some goodies (hopefully). You inspire me each and every day Jenny. Thank you.

  3. So true Jenny!
    Your blog is a like minded read!
    Thanks for all what you share on your blog!

  4. What a beautiful backing fabric for your absolutely sweet new lace and embroidery project. Love this so much! Yes, home is the best spot. Loved how you explained it all in your post :)!

  5. Love the sweet design and your choice of fabrics. I'd love to have the block framed on the wall as you showed it.

  6. Jenny, thank you for another beautiful pattern for this first day of May!

    I look forward to all of your lovely posts. They never disappoint and are always full of encouraging words.

    Thank you for all you do for your devoted followers. (I don't comment often enough to let you know how much you are appreciated. How you get it all done amazes me, especially with health issues! It seems my days are so much shorter than yours! lol)

    Thank you!

  7. You are always so generous in thought, heart and deed. Thanks

  8. Thank you Jenny! Beautiful as always

  9. I am woefully behind in my visiting due to days of sunshine here and our yards are forcing us to work. I sincerely Love this Beautful Simple piece Jenny Dear. Home Sweet Home...<3

  10. Thanks for the wonderful design and the inspiration you are always sharing. I know you will have something wonderful with your tea today!

  11. Love it dear girl, love the tatting, love the stitching, love the fraying - to me that says home, because home is a little worn with use, a cozy comfy place where you can put your feet up and relax, not worry about "mussing things up". This is gorgeous.

  12. Dear Jenny: Thank you for another beautiful design. I hope things are going well for you. A hug.

  13. It's beautiful! I love old linens. I taught myself how to needle tat a few years ago and put an edging on a kitchen towel. I am such a homebody and love being in my little house. - Frankie Ann

  14. Jenny, this is just so charming. I love that you used a vintage doily with a frayed edge, the way you framed it, the backing fabric. All of it. It's just the sweetest. I feel the same way about home. Traveling is fun, but I am always ready to get back to our cottage where everything is familiar and I can breathe freely. Thank you for all the work you put into these patterns, how you share your heart and life, and for all the encouragement you give those who stop by your lovely corner of the world. Hugs, Nancy

  15. My dear thank you for another beautiful design..
    You are a beautiful soul ..I love you so much
    Sending you love and smiles x

  16. This is so very gorgeous! Makes me smile all the way down to my toes! What a lovely skill you have!

  17. very sweet addition to Love of Home thanks Jenny. I love using up old doilies too and yours is gorgeous...

  18. Jenny I LOVE this pattern!!! I also love the embroidery on the doily. I have many little ones that this would be perfect for!

  19. Good morning dearie! Just a little note to let you know we have featured this post today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! Thanks for joining us! :)

  20. This is beautiful! I am so glad I stopped over... lovely blog. :)

  21. Hi Jenny,

    Just wanted to let you know that I think your LOVE OF HOME BOM is just gorgeous. I was looking to down load blocks 4 and 5 and can't seem to find them in your craftsy shop. Have I missed them?

    Thank you, hope you had a good rest.

  22. Edith I haven't shared block 5 yet (the BOM runs from February to November this year), but block 4 is definitely in my shop.


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