Sewing Ho-Hum and Holy Holy

Life at our house goes on at a breakneck pace, causing me to neglect posting as regularly as I would like.  But my sewing room is a beehive of unreported activity, not all of it very interesting.

Wouldn’t you love to sew only creative, fun items?  Does anyone get to do that?   Check out an earlier ho-hum post for an interesting view of what constitutes fun sewing elsewhere, like  “baju kurung, kebaya, punjabi suit.” Just how much fun would it be to sew a punjabi suit? More fun than I had with these projects.



But duty calls and I have a running list of  ho-hum sewing which is in addition to routine mending.  These ho-hums become occasions for which my sewing machines can actually save some money.  While there is no creative satisfaction, there is the satisfaction of contributing to the family, being a helpmate to my dear husband, and  satisfaction in proving that my Brother Dream Machine is more than just an expensive toy.


Mending pool leaf filter baskets….yawn…

How’s this for ho-hum”?  These basket liners for our pool leaf filter cost about $15 each.  Regularly, the netting tears and requires replacement OR ho-hum mending.  Can any of you dear readers beat this for ho-hum?



I didn’t even bother to match thread color as I mended the mesh bag with a triple zig zag stitch.  I did, however, cover the bed of my machine with a piece of washway stabilizer to keep the embedded leaf debris from dropping in through the needle hole.  There is nothing pretty or creative about these repairs, but they make my husband grin with each of the 3-4 patches I make before he has to replace the basket liner.

Then there is always puppy damage to deal with.  How ugly is this, Samson’s collar?

triple zig zagged with an added backing of denim


I’ve posted occasionally about our puppies–now exactly 1 year old, 95 lbs each and still growing.


Delilah and Samson, 10 weeks old


We are crazy about their affectionate, calm nature and their intelligence.  But sweet Delilah loves to pull brother Samson’s collar off and chew it up.  This is his third $10 collar since he grew into this size 3 months ago.  And what you see is collar #3’s third repair. That’s a $30 savings.  I just wish I had mended the earlier collars.  Who knew this was to become Delilah’s favorite recreation?

Of course, the savings of the mended collars does little to  make up for my two  pairs of $160 “almost orthopedic” athletic shoes the pups destroyed, along with the $500 custom orthodic inserts.   Even my Dream Machine was unable to fix that!  I have no photos but plenty of grim visual memories.  There was nothing to do but throw them in the trash and order more.

Clearly neither Samson nor Delilah knew that was a bad thing to do or I’m sure that they would not have been so naughty. But as intelligent as they are, I would think they might have figured it out by now.



Holy Holy sewing is much more to my liking.  I love stitching for my church.

embroidered communion linens


Two 20″ hemstitched linen napkins were embroidered with these beautiful liturgical designs from ABC Embroidery’s Christian Symbols collection.  The designs have so much dimension. Currently the set is on sale, marked down from $47 (and well worth it!) to only $19.99.  I have used this collection again and again.  NOTE:  I have no affiliation other than that of a very satisfied customer.

As mentioned in an earlier post, our church burned to the ground several years ago.  Many of the amenities such as these communion linens are slowly being replaced.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, but it was late in the afternoon and the shadows on the back porch made it impossible to get a better shot.


This is the embroidery for the presenting corner as it covers the challis.


This design was embroidered on the other three corners.


To cover the communion host, this wheat design was embroidered on the presenting corner of the linen, facing the congregation.



The other corners were embroidered with the wheat design.



There has been more sewing to tell you about, but later.

So what have you been sewing?  Valentine  gifts?  Easter garments?  Please share your projects.  Inquiring minds want to know.







10 responses to “Sewing Ho-Hum and Holy Holy

  1. Noreen Casson

    Beautiful church linens, Janice…you do such lovely work.

  2. Carol Aguirre

    Good job making yourself do the ho-hum work and the linens are just lovely.

  3. Thank you, Noreen, but the loveliness is mostly due to the beautiful embroidery designs from ABC. My Aunt Rheeta stitched them on one of her annual Florida-getaway-from-Indiana-winter visits. She made a spectacular altar cloth but the photos are just awful. Check them out here

  4. You can’t go wrong with beautiful designs and linen hemstitched napkins. Thanks, Carol, for acknowledging my painful discipline to stitch ho-hum first!

  5. from Martha Pullen forum:
    I enjoyed seeing your work! Those puppies are going to be really big when full grown!

  6. Thanks for taking a look. The “puppies” are now 1 year old and 95 lbs. Our vet says they grow until they are 2, though at a slower rate. We need big dogs to keep the bears out of the yard. They’ve already chased a few back over the fence!

  7. I always wonder how many heirloom sewists do ho-hum sewing as I do!
    Like you, I’m almost happy for the opportunity to press my machines into
    doing needed tasks…such as the vacuum sweeper filter covers I make. And your church items are simply exquisite! Stunning embroidery and those hemstitched hems so lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks, Linda. What an interesting comment! So yu make your own vacuum sweet filter covers? Wow! I love hearing what others sew, especially such unusual items. Hurrah for you!

  9. I don’t know about ho-hum, but more like drudgery. I hope to complete six knock-off garden tool totes that I was asked to make this weekend. We went to great lengths to find just the right color of Sunbrella fabric and matching notions to make them. I made two last spring and my friend gave both of them to her brother-in-law. I needed to use a machine needle about the size of a dagger. The thread is a nasty thick thing. The original tote came from the late Smith and Hawken. It’s a great garden accessory but not a fun sewing project. Two more for my friend, one for another friend, one fo my sister, one for Tim and one for me.

    Your ecclesiastical linens are gorgeous!

  10. Terry, you are one determined, dedicated sewist! Six identical anything sounds ho-hum to me but adding a difficult fabric and nasty thread seems like a brutal weekend of sewing. Send a picture of this project that is worth so much trouble. You must really love all the recipients of these bags.

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