Embroidered Cherry Tablecloth Sold

Complete

Dorothy M Lowe (Woelk)
My mother-in-Law Dorothy Woelk

I took my embroidered cherry basket tablecloth to the Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale/Auction, where it sold for a surprising amount, even though it was the only embroidery piece entered in the sale displays that year. My tablecloth did ultimately succeed in attracting attention and sell for a good price and I would assume that more embroidery items are now available there. I wanted to contribute a meaningful amount to the church with my project. It selling as it did, gave me a real boost as an embroidery artist.

Cherry tablecloth corner
donated to charity embroidered tablecloth

I chose this charity in honor of my Mother-In-Law who used to make fabulous quilts for them every year. She and her family graciously welcomed me into the Spring Valley Mennonite Church in Spring Valley WA. I am forever grateful. When Peter and I got married fortunately, Mom bought me a Mennonite Cook Book from this auction event. Yummy!

Dorothy and I felt comfortable sitting close and visiting, while we worked on our hand-made projects. I doing my embroidery and Dorothy her great baby quilts along with all the school bags and everything else as she sewed through her life.

This event is worth going to!

If you have not been to the Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale/Auction, this is something that you will want to do. Put it on your list of must-do’s to see

absolute quilting excellence.

This sale is setup to raise money for missions of the church and is held in the Fall in Ritzville (between Spokane and Seattle). The Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale/Auction is an all day gathering for the whole family with breakfast, tents filled with exquisite quilts, comforters, afghans, and handmade crafts and furniture to walk through and admire. Apple cider, apple butter, along with ice cream and some of the best cheeses (that sell out fast). The auction of the beautiful hand work is in the afternoon and is a lot of fun. Check out their website, The next auction is October 6th, 2018.

Mennonite Country Auction.

or their Facebook page here. Other needlework project blog posts.

Cherry Embroidery Tablecloth

cherry tablecloth angleBeginning

It is with a special anticipation that you begin this kind of needlework journey. Calmly embroidering,  with great colors and a wide variety of possible stitches as a beautiful design becomes even more classic with each strand of floss, until an heirloom keepsake is made.

At this point, I am happily working on my cherry embroidery every night.  The average time it takes me to embroider a new tablecloth project is between 3-9 months, depending on the level of difficulty in the design.

cherry tablecloth side
Side Tablecloth View

It also seems to take a lot longer when there are a large volume of colors in the design. You know, completing all of one color for a reasonable space, then securing the knots, snip and threading needles with the new colors every few minutes. More colors are more time consuming.

When Finished

cherry tablecloth angle
Entire tablecloth view showing cherry basket.

Before you know it, here is a beautiful tablecloth complete. I do a little Irish jig dance celebrating! Standing up and dancing around the living room singing, “It is done, yeah, it is done!”, after the last stitch is tied-off.

cherry tablecloth angle close
Full view, embroidery cherry tablecloth.

Then the new tablecloth is carefully washed, ironed (every single inch) and carefully photographed on the dining room table. I apologize that I did not think anyone was interested in the unfinished stages of embroidery during this project time period. Nowadays, I make it a point to photograph the stages of completion so others can see how it looks as you go along.

I hope that you are able to find forgotten treasures at your next garage sale expedition too. This was actually someone else’s dream tablecloth that I was able to complete. When she got this fine tablecloth stamped in this great cherry basket and cherry vine pattern I am sure that she had all kinds of ideas about how beautiful it would turn out. She probably had a great fondness for fresh cherries, herself. I hope that my embroidery has honored her wishes for this heirloom tablecloth.

Cherry Tablecloth

Next in this needlework adventure, it was the colors. I decided to make the cherries a mixture of rainier pinks and bings in dark maroon and deep reds. The twisting vines and stems would be with a dark stem and lighter leaves around the border and in the interior vine design. There were four baskets, one on each corner, that I thought would look good in brown earth tones.

Cherries pink and red
Middle of the table, cherries and vine pattern

Getting out my box of embroidery floss I began choosing the pinks and cherry reds color along with foliage greens. For the baskets I chose browns, but after finishing the first one I chose to change the color of the baskets for each corner just for some variety in the piece.

brown cherry basket tablecloth
This basket of charries has the darker brown color stitched in.
brown cherry basket close
The corner baskets give a good weight to the corners when the tablecloth is placed.
yellow cherry basket
A corner basket of cherries with yellow highlights.
tan cherry basket corner
Cherry basket at the corner of the tablecloth highlighted with a light brown.

Treasure Hunt for Embroidery Supplies

One of the things I am always on the look-out for are embroidery or sewing supplies. This project is the result of one of those garage sale and estate sale expedition days.

I love to shop at garage sales and thrift stores.

It keeps me from getting in trouble with out budget, while pursuing my love of stitching.

I found this tablecloth in a stack of miscellaneous sewing materials outside of a rural home. It had some dirt on it but I saw the cherry basket printed on the corner so I opened it up to see what kind of shape it was in. It looked quite yellowed with dust stains on the folds, as if it had sat for quite a while.

When I asked about it, the lady said it was from her Grandmother’s sewing room that they were cleaning out. I paid $5 for it and walked to my car with high hopes that it would wash out clean.

 

I got my tablecloth home and put it in the washing machine with a scoop of Oxi-Clean and let it sit overnight. The next morning I ran a load of clothes with the table cloth, just adding some regular laundry detergent. Surprisingly, all of the yellow and stains washed-out beautifully, leaving me with a perfectly good stamped pattern to work on.

Cherry Baskets Tablecloth project begins.

 

Don’t Miss “Art on the Green”

A great art show happening, I have 42 images for sale at

“The Clothesline Booth”

Located right behind the information booth.

Art On the Green
The “Clothesline Artist Booth” at North Idaho College – Art On the Green

AUGUST 3, 4 & 5, 2018
THE 50TH ANNUAL
ART ON THE GREEN!

FRIDAY:  NOON TO 7:30PM
SATURDAY: 10:00AM TO 7:30PM
SUNDAY: 10:00AM TO 5:00PM
ON THE CAMPUS OF NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE

Plein Air Competition north of Spokane

Skyhomish Hwy2 plein Air
2015-painted alongside Hwy 2 in Snokhomish WA just north of Goldbar.

There was talk between the artist’s present at the Elk painting day 7/21/2018 at my home of doing plein air painting again together soon . Here is the next outside painting event that I know of that is close.

2nd Annual Plein Aire Competition

Wednesday
August 15th, starting at 10am

is hosted by the Evergreen Art Association in Newport WA Continue reading “Plein Air Competition north of Spokane”

Plein Air Painting Elk, WA

SWS Plein Air Painting

Saturday July 21st, 2018

We had an artist “fun time” at our house. Above is the invitation that I handed out at the Spokane Watercolor Society Meeting a couple of months ago. I created a Facebook event for it and sent it to all the Watercolor Society Members emails. I also sent it to my friends on Facebook right before the weekend.

Out of all the invitations sent 4 wonderful artist’s showed up. What a great day, except for the bees. Wow there is sure a lot of them here this year. Aaaargh.

Who was there?

In the morning there was my neighbor Rose Coston with her 2-year-old daughter Allie. We painted on the kitchen table while Allie painted some pictures of her own, then she played with legos and log homes. Rose hasn’t painted in a long time but she was ready to try her hand at it and was surprised at the way watercolors work, she is a great person to paint beside.

SWS Member Sherrie Thies, arrived ready to paint, just as Rose and Allie were preparing to leave. Sherrie and I were able to get to know each other some before we decided to go walk through the garden and check out what we would like to paint. Sherrie is a high school art teacher and I bet her students just love her. I found out that I judged one of her student’s shows at ESD101 a few years back and we were able to share some changes we thought should be done in judging that venue. Wow, we really have great people in the group.

While we were checking things out in the garden, Allison Kromer Hsu, who is a longtime family friend arrived along with SWS member Kelly Burk. We went back up the hill and settled on the deck for a bit and decided to go ahead and eat our potluck, good cooks, Yay! Then back out on the deck we watched hummingbirds and began to setup and paint and visit.

What did we do?

Sherri got some great photographs with her phone of the hummingbirds and painted multiple images that looked great but I did not think to photograph them before she left. Am  hoping she will post them here for us to see. I’d like to paint the one I looked at closely.

Allison was working on a painting she had already started which was a seascape with shoreline foliage, she was interested in seeing the SWS member’s entries into our show coming up and said she’d like to attend one of our meetings. Allison, you can post your painting here too, if you would like.

Kelly did multiple paintings and sketches, please feel free to post your images here. Kelly did one watercolor pet portrait that she gave to me, and I just love it. It is of our dog named Max, he is a half Swiss Mountain dog (Swiss 3 color Rottweiller), half Pitbull 1-1/2 yr old puppy. What a great portrait and so fast. Thank you!

Max Woelk by Kelly Burk

I started a watercolor of hummingbirds in flight in the trees. Here  it is now but it is still in progress.

Hum Birds in Trees progress

Our Plein Air day was great!

I am so happy to have been able to spend some time really getting to know these artist friends. I realize I should have reminded everyone more often and maybe put a stricter time to start and end but still I’d love to do more of this painting with fellow artist this summer! It is really a great way to inspire true creativity and to spend time with others who love to paint as much as I do.

 

My Heart and I Are Back…

You may have noticed the lack of blog posts lately. Well, I have a cardiologist doctors note for that.

I went into the hospital on Wednesday last week having chest pain. It was scary and sudden and I was dreading to possibly have to go through open heart surgery again. Went from ER to Advanced Care Unit at Holy Family Hospital on IV’s managing the pain for two days, trying to avoid a massive heart attack. It seems there was a waiting line for beds at Sacred Hospital, so we had to wait. If you know me then you know that patience is not my best trait, so this was not good.

Transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital on Friday when the chest pain worsened, and the surgical team met us at the door and took me right in. I got a stent put in my heart.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stent

When I woke up I felt much better right away and was able to come home on Saturday afternoon. Way better than the open heart surgery I had in 2012 which took quite a while to recover from. Dr Katz gave me a picture of what they did and I thought you might like to see what a stent looks like. The “Pre” picture shows shat the vein looks like with a only 10% flow. The “Post Stent” picture shows the vessel opened up and flowing like a trooper.

Radiology image of heart stent

I never knew much about hearts or heart procedures until I became a heart patient. Am very thankful that the medical field is making so many advances, or I may not be posting this message today. The people in medical professions are so talented, caring and wonderful, thank you to you all!

Memo

My thoughts regarding the time I spend on FB.

“More is not better”.

I have changed what I share on FB by taking a more private stance on what info and images I will be sharing in the future. This is strictly a family and friends page from here on. I will only share posts that I believe my friends and family would enjoy here.

I will not be sharing each and every little thing.

LESS is better!

If you want to know something, give me a call or lets get together and visit without a blue screen.

I absolutely refuse to debate politics, which I believe is simply a waste of time.

If you want me to debate about anything, you will have to do that in-person “face-to-face”… and even then it is highly unlikely I will engage in that. My having my own (different) opinions and urgently expressing them to you, will most likely NOT result in changing your opinion or the world.

If you have enjoyed seeing posts about my profession, hobbies and crafts;
• Art
• Needlework
• Gardening
• Outdoor Activities
They are available on my artist page for people who follow and ”like” the page at
https://www.facebook.com/ValerieWoelkartist/

If you signup and follow my artist page you can see the “How-to’s”, about art projects with images that show the processes and procedures I follow along with explaination while creating art.

Just in case you ever wondered what an artist does in her spare time. This artist page is also whatever else I do in my spare time that is sharable, like embroidery tablecloths, sewing, hiking, dog antics, photography, walking, gardening, skiing.

Dogs Wanna Have FUN…

When my family visits, they usually bring their dogs along.  Luckily, as a family most of us do love dogs! Here are Hilti (Sam and Jess’s) and Max (Pete and Val’s) playing in the kitchen while we visit and play cards. The other voice you hear is my cousin Jeannie (Sam’s Mom) on the speaker phone in Colorado as we watch the 2 “cousin dogs” play.