Saturday, January 24, 2015

Some of my embroidery projects


 Redwork is an embroidery technique that became popular in the 1800s. American women first became aware of this technique when it was introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. This is about the same time that crazy quilts became popular. Women were intrigued with simplicity of the art and its applications.

Redwork is traditionally stitched on muslin with red thread. The contrast between the light color of the muslin and the red thread is striking. American women used this technique to embellish quilts, clothing, and household items. Soon, it became more popular than traditional embroidery. Quilts and samplers were created in redwork.


THE SERENITY PRAYER

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY
TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE;
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN;
AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME;
ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME;
ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE;
TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD
AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT;
TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT
IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL;
THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE
AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM
FOREVER IN THE NEXT.
AMEN.

--REINHOLD NIEBUHR