Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sweet Pea, Daffodil, and More Treadle Machine Embroidery

Sweet Pea designed by Jeana Kimball

For those of you that have been following the blog for a while, you know that I have been working on a project designed by Jeana Kimball named, A Cottage Garden.  Here are the latest two blocks from that project.  The Sweet Pea was the most difficult of the blocks so far because the only Sweet Pea I have ever seen is from the Popeye cartoon.  They don't like to grow in our subtropical climate.  I looked up photos on the Internet to determine which color fabrics to use.   Then I relied on my art background to try to create dimension and give the blossoms form.

Daffodil designed by Jeana Kimball

The Daffodil was also a little difficult but at least I have seen them in person. The challenge was to stitch petals that looked delicate.  Instead it turned out a little more bold than it would be in a natural setting.  But, then again, it matches my Tropical personality.

I hope you enjoy the blocks and they put a smile on your face!

Here are more of the Treadle Machine Embroidery pages.  Let me know when you get tired of seeing them!

Until next time....

Best stitches,
Mercy in Miami


  1. Your applique is marvelous! And I am loving those machine embroidery. Do you know how to replicate them? Do you plan to? What a treasure.

  2. I can't even imagine how to begin reproducing these pieces. I may take design inspiration and use my my applique but I think that would be it!
    Best Stitches,
    Mercy in Miami

  3. Beautiful applique! Love your machine embroidery....it is done on a treadle?

    1. Hi Connie
      Yes, the embroidery samples were all done on a treadle machine, by kerosine lamp light, by my Mom's cousin back in the 1950's.
      Best stitches,
      Mercy in muggy Miami