Sunday, June 12, 2016

Picking up something put aside

Some years ago I made gun slings for a company in western mass. Not cowboy gun slings, but slings for combat warriors.  It was one of those instances I did not ask enough questions.  When I went for the job interview I was asked my commercial sewing experience, new product launch experience and a few other things.  Let me say I thought I was going to this company to launch a sewing room that would produce car wash items.  Very benign car wash items.   I was very happy with the hours, the wage and the people and then I found out the job was Gun Sling production!  If I hadn't liked my coworkers so much I would not have lasted the year I did. After a year I decided I just couldn't do the work any more for two reason it was really bothered me when an order came in for 50,000  slings for Columbia.  All I could think of was this can't be good. I was okay when this was going to US troops, it was an excellent product and it would help save our troops (I'm a military wife and mother with two kids in armed services)  But Columbia??  The second thing the work was destroying my Interphalangeal (IP) Joint.  After sewing these for a year I could hardly hold a fork.  If anyone tells you commercial sewing is easy, they are totally wrong and have never worked in a production sewing room.    
Since I'm taking  break from card making, I've started quilting again and had the urge to pick up a hand needle to see if I could embroider, I quit in 2012 because I could not hold the needle.  I love surface embroidery and I have been doing it off an on since I was 11.  I think it is in my DNA, I love all forms of embroidery!

This week I picked up a needle just to see if I could do a little stitching and if I could pick up the hoops for Crazy Quilting art!.  Since I have a tone of beautiful stamps and all kind of inks I decided to try using a stamp to put down the image





This is the end result, and it was pain free!!


So I've started pulling out the fibers I packed to bring to Texas  and I'm looking for a local guild


Honestly there is nothing like an hour of stitching with Pride and Prejudice playing!

This was the last thing I worked on:



It feels great to be back at it!  
I am hoping to start a gathering of women here soon, a little bible study, fellowship , prayer and stitching!  
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M




3 comments:

  1. Oh Ginny your embroidery is stunning - I love your humming bird, and yes, sitting stitching is very therapeutic. I have spent years stitching, but recently thanks to Carpel Tunnel (2x) and cubital tunnel problems I have not done much. Rather I have focused on my card making as there is not the repetition of movement and I can stick at it for longer :-)
    Blessings, precious sister in Christ.
    Maxine

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  2. Ohhhhhh sis, am so completely delighted, answered prayer to see a new creative area being rediscovered, you certainly are a skilled embroiderer, love the fact you stamped that exquisite scotch thistle, too, I have always loved them.
    God bless you dear Ginny and the work of your hands to His glory.
    Hugs, Shaz.x

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  3. Your stitching is gorgeous! Love the thistle and your sweet bird. Beautiful work!

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