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Is embroidery ladies' work? How do you get started?

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As a younger woman I did a LOT of needlecraft type projects. I would just get a pattern, get some yarn or thread and go at it. The finished project wasn't the main thing. I used to just roll the finished product up and put it into a drawer. Years later my most excellent sister in law turned some of them into pillows. 
Hours and hours of handiwork went into those projects and now they decorate my home. I don't have a lot of decorationsaround the house unless I made them myself or the kids made them. I enjoy the process of getting the parts of the project, spending the time working on the project and putting teh embroidered part of the project in a drawer. I don't need to finish it. What do you do with it all?
When my parents moved down to Florida, they asked my brothers and me to take what we wanted so they could move more easily. I have now inherited embroidery projects my mother's family had made in the early 1900s. Simple projects with a single color and basically a single stitch they used as a decoration for the simple kitchen. Those projects made it through the War, were moved from Hungary to Germany to the USA. Someone thought they were worthy of saving, so now I have them. 
Join me as I reminice and talk about the projects I had started and finished before I became a dental hygiene know-it-all.

Host: Shirley Gutkowski
Producer: Shirley Gutkowski
Many of the projects in the picture show are my projects. The pillows are mine, the table cloth cross stitch is mine, the dino and the iris pictures are my projects. The simple projects are my family hand me downs.   

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