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Make a poster, sing a little and dance around! You're blessed!

Make a poster, sing a little and dance around! You're blessed! 0

It's a good day to just be happy! This was my first thought this morning. Then Neil had this song playing by David Crowder:

 And I remembered that happy little squirrel from a minion poster:

 And of course this Artist Kelly J piece:

And there you have it!

It's a good day to just be happy. So sing a little and dance around; you're BLESSED!

Shoelaces first, needle later

Shoelaces first, needle later 0

There used to be heavy cardboard pictures with colorful pictures of animals and holes around the image; a shoelace was worked through the holes to outline the image. This is one of my earliest childhood memories. Mom folding clothes beside me, teaching. Shoelaces first, needle later.


Here is something you can do with no special equipment at all. Needle, thread, scissors, fabric, hoop, pencil, paper, window with sunlight.  (Of course, these things were staples of the house when I grew up. Chuckle.)

Here, a design by Artist Kelly J, was printed onto a piece of paper. I think this is on her facebook ColoringBook page for you to use, too! Or you can draw your own design! (Internet and printers are staples of your growing up!)


Trace the design lighly onto your fabric with a pencil. Holding it up against a window helps.

Stretch the fabric in the hoop and embroider by hand! There are many videos on embroidering by hand online with step by step instructions. Basically, you are drawing on fabric using needle and thread.

This piece would be considered redwork, named for the line drawings embroidered in years past using red thread. It can be used to decorate fabric for use in sewing household items or to decorate clothing you already have. Mine will be a towel that can be machine washed and dried. Your choice of stitches will determine the use of the item; some stitches are just for looking at; others are tough as nails. Lots of learning there!

Learn one, do one, teach one!

Shoelaces first, needle later.

'Jean Sport Living'

'Jean Sport Living' 0

You just never know what is going to happen every day when you get up.  Jean Sport, friend, neighbor, artist and handesofawoman.com contributor put up the sweetest post, sharing her beautiful home!   

Jean's home is elegant, whimsical and welcoming. She has a chicken collection on her mantle and a Santa montage on the dining sideboard. Everywhere is a story. And there is no more welcoming place to BE.

Chickadees on the stove handle.

Art on a side table.

Shown here:   Art leans, towels hang, runners dress.   This is what Handes of a Woman is all about. Thanks, Jean!

See some of Jean's work here:  https://www.handesofawoman.com/collections/hand-painted-by-jean

special mention: 'chickadees' design by Alabama artist Ethan Coker.



The Red Apron by Erin Murphy (Evie N Tually)

The Red Apron by Erin Murphy (Evie N Tually) 0

We love custom orders at Handes of a Woman; you might say they are one of our favorites. Here our cat's cradle has been made into something really special by designer and artist Erin Murphy. Check it out!

We hope to bring this design to market in 2020 in twill for workers and in linen as a shabby sheik fashion item. We will do as custom order till then.

Let's paint a towel!

Let's paint a towel! 0


In this video a cotton twill towel cutter (towel in the making) has already been free-motion embroidered with a line drawing of Artist Kelly J's Fancy Dancer. She has a free Coloringbook page on facebook.  Using thin acrylic house paint,  the dry towel is painted. Let it dry, really well, at least a whole 24 hrs. I sometimes wait 2-3 days. Heat set with your iron on the back; no steam. Careful; don't scorch it!  Machine wash and dry with like colors.

Enjoy your towel!

He's God. And I'm not.

He's God. And I'm not. 0

testimony towel design idea from Neil..................