Wednesday, May 27, 2009

House Blessings

I everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. We did even though the weather was less than ideal. We did a little junking over the weekend and I found this beautiful embroidery piece.

The style is called Candlewicking which a type of white embroidery work on unbleached cotton. From what I've read it traditionally has used the Colonial knot and backstitch.

Anyway, I love embroidered things and I have quite a few embroidered pillowcases. So when I saw this framed piece I just fell in love. I love the simplicity of just using white on white!

This could be the start of a new collection for me! I could actually do some embroidery pieces myself - I'd really love that!

In looking around my home I realized that I had a few other pieces with the same theme! The piece above I got on ebay many years ago!

This little one I've had for over 10 years!

I'm busy getting my screened porch ready for the porch party on Monday. I really find these parties good motivation to get things done! Now if only someone would have a clean your bathroom or clear off your desk party - I could use one of those!


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Manuela, I love your house blessings pretty.

I am posting my first thrift store find tonight for Thrifty Thursday. YOU are the dear one that started me on this path. I never enter a thrift store that I don't think of you! Thank you.


Kathleen Grace said...

I love beautiful hand embroidered items like these. It seems such a shame that something that must have taken someone so many hours to make could end up unloved and thrown out. I'm glad you found it to give it now life:>)

Ally0005 said...

Your blessing sign is so pretty, great find!
LOL! yes we all need a clean your bathroom or clear off your desk party.


Christina said...


The embroidery/candlewicking piece is stunning. Just beautiful. My sister, Beth, did beautiful pieces like that when we were growing up. Sometimes it would take her a year to finish something with lots of detail. I am always impressed that someone could handle doing all of the tedious work. Not me, though I appreciate the beauty and time it takes. How could someone get rid of it after all of that.

Well, now you can you enjoy the beauty.

glorv1 said...

I love your finds. House blessings are so pretty. I just got to get to the thrift stores and look around. Maybe I will start looking for a house blessing sign or even make one myself. Thx for sharing. I'm going back to look at your signs to get some inspiration. Thx Manuela.

Mrs. Rabe said...

I really like these Manuela! I love the painted one that has the house blessing on it!

Storybook Woods said...

What wonderful finds. I am sure anyone coming to your home feels blessed. Clarice

Heather said...

they are all very pretty!

Rosemary said...

Very pretty Manuela!!
Have fun getting your porch ready!

Sandra said...

Ooh! They are very pretty! I especially like the embroidery one. :)

jenjen said...

Hi Manuela -
Cute little house blessings! So great!

I can't wait to see your covered porch - I am sure it will be fabulous!


Becky K. said...

Candlewicking is very neat. I haven't actually seen any pieces for several years.

Whoever did this piece seems to have been quite good.

Good find.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love that embroidery sign. It is simply beautiful.

I am trying to get ready for Rhondi's porch party too...if it would just stop raining! Never thought I would say that after the last several years of drought.

I think I might just have to have a clean your bathroom party now, Manuela - are too funny!

Mimi Sue said...

I LOVE your candlewick stitchery. Years ago I made a Families are Forever one. It's big and it took me forever since it was just in the 2 colors on an off white background. I could only stand working on it for a few days and then had to put it away for a month. But I eventually finished it. Mimi

The Decorated House said...

Such pretty pieces. I've always loved that candlewicking and totally forgot about how beautiful it is.

Rochelle said...

Such cute finds...that embroidery piece is simply divine!
Have a great day!

Peggy. said...

Great finds! that candlewicking sign is awesome.

Vee said...

How interesting! John just brought in a Currier and Ives book he's had for years and one of the prints is the final one shown on this post...God bless our home.

I love that candlewicking! Excellent find.

scrappy quilter said...

I love your house blessings. I especially love the candlewicking one.

Christine said...

You can't go wrong collecting pictures and saying, about Home.
Great finds!

Susan said...

Isn't it amazing that you can find something like that? You can imagine how log it took them to do it?

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

LOVE the stitching piece. I'm a stitcher and love to think about the history in some pieces.

Now, I could hold a show us your ugly bathroom day. LOL. Clean, but ugly. UGH. You have no idea. But, I doubt it would help anyone. : )

Linda's Blue Gate said...

What a treasure you found . That embroidered piece is lovely I agree there is something so refined about the white on white....

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I love candlewicking pieces, and yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

mamaK said...

What a wonderful find! I love all the amazing things to be found and loved at thrift stores and garage sales! And what a collection! Your spirit is speaking!!! =)

Betsy said...

I love the neutral look of the candlewicking! Really beautiful! And there's nothing wrong with praying for blessings on your home! :)

Sharon said...

I love those Manuela! Especially the candlewicking sampler and the Currier & Ives Print. Thanks so much for sharing. I may just need to take up candlewicking :)

Have a blessed day!


Jennifer said...

Beautiful handiwork! You have the best luck finding the most beautiful pieces. I know you will enjoy displaying this one.

Have a great time finishing up your porch!


Richella said...

I used to do candlewicking, but haven't done it in a long time. This particular piece is beautiful.

I love how you have collections of things. I'm not in to collecting just for the sake of collecting, but I LOVE collections of things actually used in a home. You have a knack for finding things that look as if they'll "live" together very nicely.

Great job!

P.S. If you get a chance, stop by today. I'm hosting a giveaway in conjunction with Nester's Lampapalooza. :)

Lady Katherine said...

I do love the white on white French Knots. I use to make pillows back in my mid 20's. Sold at a garage long ago. We look back and say Why did I toss them! I love red work, I never made any, do not know why for I love it so much, and do not have the first piece. I love the saying about the Home, can't wait to see where you put them.

Rebekah said...

I love candlewick embroidery! I wish I knew how to do it. I'm sure there's a book out there somewhere. Great find!

Terri and Bob said...

Beautiful pieces. I love the House Blessings. So perfect for you!!