Throwback Thursday: First Embroidery

For several years now I’ve been under the impression that my Stitchaversary, or anniversary of when I started embroidering, was in November 2009. It was at that time that I really got into embroidering, and I even made embroidered gifts for everyone that year. But a recent snoop through my parents’ basement has proven otherwise! I found several embroidered pieces that I did when I was young…maybe between 11-13 years old (so between 1980-1983).

I’m known for not forgetting anything, I have a steel trap, if you will, for events that happened when I was growing up (ask me what I did in my 20s, and I have no idea…). But I have absolutely no recollection of making these pieces – how weird is that?! I remember the pink fabric, but I don’t remember making the little quilt.


It looks like the little squares of this fabric made the perfect guide for my stitches. I have to admit that they look pretty good.


I even took the time to sew two pieces of fabric together to finish this piece off.


I’m just not even sure what to say about this…Under HOME SWEET HOME, I listed out the names of the people in my family, including my dog Tease! And, since we’re Irish, I added a little shamrock to the top right. There’s even a seam all the way around to give this piece that finished look.



This is the backside. I was obviously not even concerned about what the back looked like, or even how I stretched the floss around the piece!



I found some “unfinished” pieces, too. These are rough pieces of fabric that were just cut. And, no, these are not the backsides of the pieces, this is the front finished product!embroidery-collage


This one cracks me up! My dad worked at Byron Nuclear Power Plant when I made this, and I guess I was super proud of that!byron

It was a lot of fun to come across these “vintage” pieces that I created. I still can’t get over how I didn’t even now that I had created them, and it’s just going to have to be a mystery. It is pretty neat to see how far I’ve come in my talent at embroidering, though!


  1. Backside of the Hoop with Amy Byrne | Random Acts of Amy

    August 21, 2015 at 6:05 am

    […] My first forays into hand embroidery were when I was 11 or 12 years old, which means 1980 or 1981. I have known how to sew since I was a young girl. I received my own sewing machine, a child-sized “Sew Perfect” machine, when I was around 5 years old. Until I was 10 years old, my dad was in the Navy, and we didn’t have a whole lot of money. My mom is an excellent seamstress, and she made many of our clothes. Naturally, I wanted to do whatever mom was doing, and I learned how to sew. I also wanted to learn how to do whatever dad was doing, too, and I’m pretty handy with tools. I still have some of my first pieces, and I even blogged about my “Stitchaversary” here. […]

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