One of the comments I received the other day was from Jenny, who asked if she could see comparison photos of my original Vintage Kitchen redwork blocks and the new colourful version I'm currently sharing with you.
So today I'm going to answer a few questions which have cropped up here and on social media lately.
I'll begin by answering question 1 from Jenny:
In the 2015 redwork project I used predominantly backstitch and a bit of lazy daisy or cross stitch. This time around I've added extra stitches and more detail to a number of the blocks...after all, as in life, my style and abilities improve or alter direction over time.
Here's the 'new version' of 'My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen' block 1, which I shared with you a few weeks back...
The added details from additional embroidery stitches, as well as the happy colours, made this a delight to stitch.
But my altering the block wasn't just about adding to, but also taking away.
Here's the original redwork block from 2015...
In comparison to the updated block it's quite plain and simple - which enhanced the redwork style of wall hanging it later became.
Now look at my new version...what's missing?
I never liked them sitting in front of the milk bottle so this time around I let the milk bottle shine instead.
Now let's take a look at block 2, which I shared with you last week...
For the new version of 'oven helpers' I wanted to fill in that first oven mitt because in the redwork block of 2015 it was quite empty...
Again, this worked nicely in it's simplicity for the completed redwork wall hanging but when I decided to remake this design in colours and with added detail it really came alive...
Can you see why I'm really loving this new updated project?
This is how I finished the redwork version of My Vintage Kitchen four years ago...
...and this is progress on how my 2019 version in colour and detail will be completed.
Similar is many ways, but oh so different in others - though staying with the theme of 'vintage' days-gone-by I hand quilted both versions.
Question 2: "How big are the Scrappy Vintage Kitchen blocks?"
They are the exact size as shown on your pattern sheets so set your printer to 'actual size' or 'do not scale' before printing them.
Each of the stitcheries must fit inside a 3" square block.
If you don't have a printer which works that way I can tell you that Block One was just slightly more than 2¼” wide, and Block Two was 2½” wide.
Hope that helps!
Question 3: "Do you hand embroider or machine embroider?"
What is an embroidery machine??? LOL!!!
I hand embroider everything.
Question 4: Do you draw your designs by hand or use a computer program?
I draw everything by hand, freehand, and it can take many hours or even days with pencil and eraser until I'm happy with the rough copy. Then I take a deep breath and draw the design with black pigma pen ready to scan and add to a pattern sheet.
Question 5: What's the fabric you use for your stitcheries?
It's called hanky linen, though it's nothing like a hanky fabric, and is a 45/55 percent mix of linen and cotton. It's available at most quilt shops and online in Australia, but there's nothing the same overseas. (people have searched and cannot get it). I've tried some similar fabrics purchased from the US just to test them for my customers but truly, they've not impressed me.
You know, our walk with Jesus is like comparing my older redwork stitcheries with the updated and improved colourful ones.
The designs from years ago (they were drawn up and stitched late in 2014) were fairly one dimensional, safe and simple, yet they were lovely to me at the time because they were the best I could do with the ideas I'd drawn on paper - just the way my walk with Jesus in the early days was much simpler because He required less of me as I still had a lot of growing to do.
Sketching up the blocks this time and casting a critical eye over them to assess what changes could be made and how I could add more detail, bringing them to 'life' as it were, I acknowledged my own growth in confidence and ability as a designer these past five years.
Not wasting a single moment or experience, as I was preparing this blog post the Lord impressed on my heart that we are meant to grow and mature spiritually and in character the longer we walk with Christ, and how important it is that we compare ourselves today with the person we used to be - five, ten, twenty, forty years ago - and consider whether our relationship with Him has grown, stagnated or drifted away.
Honest? I've grown, and continue to grow, but today's lesson from God is one I must continue to follow as the weeks and months pass by - a regular 'stop and examine' time to make sure I'm moving forward with Him and not treading water or slipping backwards. But even as I'm growing closer there will always be areas of my life that need adjustment from on High and I'm taking those lessons onboard today as well.
Perhaps this is His reminder to you as well?
Let us examine ourselves today and ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance to show us what may be lacking in our relationship with Jesus so that we can continue moving forward, growing closer to Christ in spirit and in truth.
May the Lord bless you today with every abundance from His loving heart!
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful embroidery pattern. I haven't had time to stitch yet as I day care for grandchildren during the day. I hope to this fall when they go back to school. I even more appreciate you sharing your faith. I too have grown over the 50+ years since I met Jesus and He became my Savior. Which is not to say there have been times I've stagnated. God gave us fellow believers, the Church, to hold us accountable and make sure we don't stagnate for long ;)
Hi Jenny, I have been following your posts and I have decided to try this one to start with. The floral material etc, does it all have to be different or can you use the same? Thank you Theresa
Theresa, I am using scraps from my tub of leftovers...the florals are just bits of this and that, no particular line. Use what you have on hand. :-)
And more importantly He gave us His Word. :-)
2 totally different looks! It's a real eye opener that there are many ways to look at things!
Jenny, your talent never ceases to amaze you. You have been blessed with a real gift which you are always willing to share with others. Thanks so much for your generosity.
I cannot believe it was 4 years ago I stitched your lovely blocks. I still love them but can see how much more cheery the newer version is. All your designs are beautiful and a delight to stitch. Thankyou for bringing sunshine into our stitching lives.
Thank you for the comparison pictures. I love seeing how they changed I always love seeing improvements. I too have been in a make-do mode at my house & improving what I already have is so much more fun than I expected. I love seeing you do this with your patterns as well.
I also really enjoyed everyone's questions. If you get a lot of questions I would love seeing more posts like this. It's wonderful to have something fun & encouraging to read. I appreciate all the hard work you put into your blog.
Since I receive your blog posts through email, I don't comment very much. However, I wanted to let you know just how much I've enjoyed seeing all the beautiful embroidery. It never fails to bring a smile. I cannot do needlework these days due to eye problems but I certainly appreciate art when I see it.
Thank you. xx
I like to think of the updated version as the fruits of the Holy Spirit blossoming in my life as I yield to His work in me. Thanks, Jenny!
Lovely blog post today��. Is it possible that we here in the states can order online from Australia? If so, could you post a website? No hurry at all, enjoy your day my dear.��
Another good post Jenny. Thanks for posting the good things you do. You are a creative and spiritual woman. Both are a blessing! I enjoy what you take the time to write.
It is definitely different, but both are appealing still. What you said about change in our walk is what has been impressed on me as I studied the apostles in Acts, versus the apostles in the 4 gospels. What growth and confidence took place in them. Of course, I immediately checked my own progress, just as you were impressed to do. In a way, it gives me confidence to know that change is happening, that I am improving slowly in my understanding of the teachings of Christ, and in my ability to come closer to the fuller meaning of parts I understand more now. It also gives me hope with my children. I have become so different in the last 54 years. I am praying that they choose to grow as well. =)
Gosh I love them both, but this updated version really speaks to me! And I love your encouragement in Christ - what a blessing you are! Love you!
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