I received a lovely e-mail in which Averi mentioned that she had some treasured hand embroidery projects of her mother's. She kindly agreed to send some photos that I could share them with you.
Her mother, Julie Mola enjoyed free style hand embroidery, used in the traditional way on clothing and bed linen. she utilized a number of basic embroidery stitches in her work.
Let's start with an embroidered apron...
...and a close up detail of the stitching.
I do not see any transfer lines on the fabric so wonder if this was done entirely freehand?
Julie embroidered a similar apron in a different colour scheme...
...and a slightly different pattern. She makes use of herringbone stitch for the border...
...and straight stitches in two shades for the fir branches. I believe the circular motifs are worked in buttonhole stitch.
More fir branches (or are they ferns?) are stitched here in two different colours.
Julie also crocheted the lace edging.
Another of her hand embroidery projects was a crib pillowcase featuring a little bunny, who's outline only is stitched in a similar way to traditional Redwork Embroidery.
The little flowers are worked in lazy daisy stitch. This pillowcase may have been worked over a transferred image, with the delicate colouring on the bunny already printed on the fabric.
The next piece to share with you was also on a pillowcase. This is just a detail, showing a potted plant.
And lastly a basket of flowers, this time on an embroidered tablecloth.
I would like to thank Averi for being so kind in sharing her mother's work with us all.
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