Monday, January 21, 2013

Vintage embroidery inheritance...

 My Mother recently passed on all her embroidered doilies and table mats to me knowing that not only would I look after them in the right way but would appreciate all the beautiful hand work that was put into all these pieces. The above thatched cottage was embroidered by my Mother as a piece for a competition. I love all the pretty old fashioned cottage garden flowers and the unique cottage shape to this piece.
 I remember this 'breakfast tray cloth' from my childhood. When we were sick we would get meals on a tray and sometimes this cloth would be on it. 

 There is quite a few dressing table sets in this collection and this one is one of my favourites. I love the delicate pink colour of the flowers which I imagine was quite a bit brighter when it was first embroidered and I love the all the work that has been put into these flowers plus the delicate crochet edging that is on most of these pieces.
 And this piece is just pretty in the simplicity of the design and stitches used

 And this set is another favourite simply because I love poppies. 
I'm looking forward to putting these to use around my home but will rotate them regularly and keep them away from direct sunlight to preserve them further. So inspiring aren't they. Maybe I will one day have the time to sit and embroider something to add to this collection and pass on to my girls.

9 comments:

Annabelle said...

They are so cute. There is an antiques emporium one mile from my home and they have lots of this sort of stuff - I have only recently known the emotional value of it - and really appreciated the work and love that has gone into it.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Beautiful collection. You are very lucky to have them and to eventually pass on to your daughters. hugs

Needled Mom said...

What a treasure!!!! They are all just gorgeous.

Katy Cameron said...

Very pretty. Turns out my gran has a collection of things like this my mum made when she was young, apparently inheritance goes upwards in our family ;o)

Rach said...

They are beautiful & in lovely condition :)

Michele Pacey said...

So beautiful! I have some old embroideries too but never know where or what to do with them. Perhaps you will inspire me...

bearpaw said...

Thank you for sharing these, they're beautiful, especially the poppy one! I have a big collection myself but it is starting to run down as I use them in projects, so tonight I have been embroidering my own updated versions of some of the patterns!

Karen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!!!!
I have doilies all around my home. I sometimes visit this op shop and they have had some serviettes or single pieces and I was thinking I just couldn't leave them there, so I am thinking I will use them for quilt labels for my quilts. I like the idea of preserving someone's handiwork.

Bits of Stitching! said...

Lovely heirloom pieces indeed!

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