Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Pedal


Years ago, in the dining room at my paternal grandparent's house rested a treasure, tucked underneath the window. The pedal was black, heavy metal polished clean and shiny along with the same treatment for the dark wood in which the mechanism rested. My sisters and I would sit on the floor and stare up at the grand piece, occasionally moving the pedal to see what would happen. It was my grandmother's sewing machine and oh how I treasure it now just as I did when I was little.


I have a feature up on The Project Girl's Blog on how just a bit of stitching can emphasize your design. (There's even a before picture!) I adore the extra detail stitches make and the current Young Crafter's Unite Challenge reminded me of the results you can achieve by taking the effort and an extra two minutes.

Wonderful news was just announced over at May Arts too, check it out!



37 comments:

Annette said...

oh i love this...just gorgeous...Love the added lace...

Laurel said...

This is so pretty!

Lisa said...

Wow oh wow!!! This is a treasure Karen. That sweet floral paper is one of my favs (I'm currently hoarding this one and the black & cream version LOL!) Love this ;)

Lynn said...

I love the visual you created of your grandmother's home. I feel like I can see it. I am going to England in a few weeks to see my 93 year old nana. Your card is beautiful!

Virginia L. said...

Congrats on the feature, Karen!! I do love stitched look and your card is the perfect example!

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Nancy said...

Congratulations on your feature, Karen! Love the artsy card and so enjoyed the Grandmother stories:)

Barb said...

Congrats on being featured, Karen! What a charming card this is! LOVE the idea for the stitching, and the lace adds such a special touch! Beautifully done! :)

Jay Gee said...

The stitching certainly made all the difference Karen. Do you leave the inside uncovered? Lovely card and the lace is such a feminine look :)

Rose said...

love the way you used the stitching!
what a beautiful card :)

Tenia Nelson said...

Such a cool card!!!

Lisa Arana said...

oh my, i adore the stitching and the silhouette girl. amazing.

Sherry Eckblad said...

love, love, love this card. That image, the sewing, the lace. What is not to love about it?

Left you some love over on the other blog as well.

Chunyuan said...

love the stitches as the rope. Beautiful color and elegant design.

Jen W. said...

This is gorgeous, Karen! I love the colours and your genius way of adding some stitching. Love it!

Dana Nelson said...

Love, love, love this, Karen! Fabulous symmetry and style!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a beauty Karen!
Love your use of that stamp!!

lostinpaper said...

This is so pretty! Love that gorgeous lace and stitched tightrope!

Barb said...

LOVE the stitched lines. beautiful card yet again

Marlena M. said...

I love the stitching you added. It goes perfectly with this image!

~amy~ said...

The stitching is absolutely perfect with that image!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Super fun stitching... you are so clever... I also really like the distressed edges.

~Tammy~ said...

Gorgeous!

forpahl5 said...

Thanks this is great!

Lisa Petrella said...

Such a sweet creation, Karen!! LOVE the stitched tightrope!!! So perfect!

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a perfect touch that stitching is! I can really envision this lovely lady doing the tight rope walk, in an elegant way. :)

Thanks for visiting me today, Karen. It was so nice to see you!

Karen Letchworth said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate it! I'd love to have you as a follower, and would also love to follow you. I appreciate gaining inspiration from other crafters, and I really like your work.
If you are ever interested, please check out a fun challenge every Wed. at:
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com
Hugs,
Karen

yyam said...

Wow! This is stunning Karen!

Lynnda Hosni said...

Congrats on being featured, Karen! What a sweet and charming card this is! ...love it... hugs...xoxo

Jocelyn Olson said...

Love your story about the sewing machine. :) The stitching is really fabulously perfect with this stamp. I love how you have the ribbon peeking out, too. Congrats on the feature! I am super excited about the pub appreciation for May Arts. Thanks for the head's-up!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so cute

Heather Innusa said...

This is super great Karen!!! I love the colors & the stitching is just WOWZA!!!

Aimes said...

I love the sweet feminine image combined with the rustic colours - it really adds gorgeous texture and depth!
Hugs!
Aimes
x

Alice Wertz said...

i too think that stitching is an effective and inexpensive way to add texture and interest to projects. love love what you did here. beautiful card!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow, this card is stunning!!! Congratulations!
Lisa

Chari Moss said...

This is a lovely card Karen!

Natasha said...

What a beautiful card. I love how you used the stitching.

Natasha