24 May 2011

candlewick...


...soft thread braided to form the wick of candles

...a form of embroidery


...nursery rhyme from the early 1800’s...

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick wick


jumping candlesticks was a form of fortune-telling and sport

good luck was signaled by clearing the candle without extinguishing the flame

Would not recommend trying this with my 
great-great-grandma’s candlestick…


she was pretty nimble and quick in her day!

monogram B. has candlewicking details based upon French handwork from the 1870’s


jumped any candlewickssticks lately for luck?


19 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Boy, I not only get eye candy when I come over here, but I learn something new every time, Cathy! Love this monogram and the detailing you added.

Barbara F. said...

Interesting fact about candlesticks! I love that embroidered "B" - would suit me to a "t" :-) xo,

Kirsty said...

Great post. Gorgeous candlestick... such a weird sport haha

Alexis said...

B for Beautiful!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Never knew that!! Take care, Caroline

Style Attic said...

Awww, I have been reading straight out of a classic nursery rhyme book every night. At the kindergarten beginner's day they said that the kids who know them pick up reading much faster. I act like I haven't been through this before. Maybe it all happened so "wick" :) Gorgeous thread colors!! XO, Kelly

The Buzz Blog said...

Perhaps a "don't try this at home" disclaimer should be added - no one comes close to your fabulous talent with a needle!
xxoo

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I never knew that about the jumping over the candlestick part. Well, I never!!!

Your monograms are my favourites!

Sarahx

Naturally Carol said...

I live in a very old wooden house..so no candles are lit in this house..therefore not a candlestick in sight! Love the 'B' though..beautiful in gold.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Such a beautiful gold monogram!! Love it! Hope you're having a lovely week, sweets. It's been gorgeous here, but today's a drizzly day ... perfect for getting some work done! ;)

Susan T said...

Bright and beautiful, just what is needed for a blustery day.

pretty pink tulips said...

No...but I got the prettiest tall brass candlesticks yesterday from our friend, Eddie Ross!!!! Love your candlestitchery!!!

xo Elizabeth

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, I just LOVE your posts, Cathy! All these years, and I never knew what jumping over a candlestick meant. :)
I adore your candlewick inspired monogram. It is SO elegant. I used to do some candlewick embroidery, way long ago.

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

So very classy!!.. nice detail and not so much that the mono gets lost... perfect!

Maddie

Cindy said...

Beautiful! New follower...Ann sent me!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Ann sent me to your pretty blog. Your work is amazing! I'm your newest follower.
Have a great day!

quintessence said...

Who knew? I just love learning these interesting tidbits. And how beautiful is your candlewicking detail!!

Sarah said...

Great post. Absolutely lovely monogram, Cathy. ~ Sarah

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Love love LOVE your monograms!
OMG. I am drooling, truly.

I would love to have you embroider two pillows for me. How does that work?

I will go check out your website too now. I found you through sweet Ann on Sutton Place.
:)
So glad to meet you!!!!