Thursday, 11 June 2009

Vintage Thingies 28 - Teacup and Table Cloth

Time to play VTT again! Last week I promised you more vintage teacups, but before we come to that, I'll show you my special table cloth. This is a coffee table cloth for a big table, sewn by my mother for me. The reason I wanted to show it today, is that she intended to make it for my christening party on 10th June back then when I was a baby. Well, I was the fifth child in the family so she may have had other things to do, and the work wasn't finished by that date. I had apple blossoms on the christening gown, and I'm sure she had another beautiful table cloth for the table instead of this.



She finished it later, and gave it to me when I was grown up. I use it when we have finer coffee parties. Every square is different, and there is bobbin lace inlaid and at each end.

I do iron the cloth when I use it!

Now to the teacups. Or just one for this week, this is so special. Great Auntie Saima (don't you think you already know her!) painted this cup for my mother for Easter 1929, when she (mother) was 12 years old. I talked with my mother on the phone yesterday about the details.


She remembered the cup when I told her about the pictures. They are based on a song about a young man who wanted to pick a rose.

A bee didn't agree with the idea, and the man had to defend himself with his umbrella.


This was all for this week. Suzanne of Coloradolady is hosting VTT, and there is a long list of links to visit.

22 comments:

  1. What intricate work your mother did! I'm glad she was able to finish it for you.

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  2. awww you lucky girl! I love the table cloth that your mom made.. so beautiful! love the embroidery.. so neat.. and the saucer has funny story.. hehehe happy VTT & have a great day!

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  3. Oh my, I've never seen such an exquisite table cloth!!!!

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  4. Wow! Your Mum was amazing! What beautiful stitches! How wonderful to have such a big family (even if you get finished tablecloths 20 years later) Happy VTT!

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  5. You have many very special treasures. Gorgeous tablecloth and that tea cup is just amazing. How wonderful to know the story behind it and the artist. :o)

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  6. That is a sweet tea cup and saucer....how great you know the story to go with it! Very pretty...your Aunt was talented that is for sure!!

    I love your tablecloth...the work on that is amazing...

    Have a great VTT!!

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  7. With five little ones, it's no wonder your mother didn't finish your christening gown. The table cloth is beautiful and the cup and saucer has such a nice story to it. You come from a very talented family.

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  8. OK I just re-read the first part of your post and realized that it was intended as a table cloth for your christening party. I need a cup of coffee and my new glasses will be ready on Saturday.

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  9. Lovely treasures indeed!
    So glad you shared.

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  10. Great Aunt Saima was a talented artist. It is good that you have it and preserve the history. The tablecloth is exquisitely detailed...and the talent continues.

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  11. That tablecloth is stunning! Lucky you!

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  12. What a sweet story! And the work of that table cloth is exquisite.
    Brenda

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  13. be still my beating heart! I am in love! so beautiful, say hi to k for me too! xxx

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  14. Your tablecloth is a very special piece! We're so glad you treasure it so much!!
    Marcela & Clara
    Nice & Easy Antiques

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  15. I just love the teacup story, Ulla! Your mother does amazing embroidery work - how nice that she finished it for you when you were older - it brings a tear to my eye!
    Cheers!

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  16. What a gorgeous tablecloth.I would be so terrified to use something made so beautifully. Love that sweet cup and saucer. Your aunt was a very gifted painter.

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  17. The tablecloth is gorgeous...such talent!! What a neat story associated with the teacup! Have a nice day~

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  18. That is such a wonderful cup and saucer set. A great way to keep the story alive too. Yes I do feel like I am getting to know Anuty Saima- such a talented lady.

    My your Mother too is talented! The cloth is exquisite. So much thought and time in it.

    I love how you are surrounded by such family treasure.

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  19. What a truly exquisite tablecloth!
    Your Mom is a very talented needleworker...I'm in awe!

    Love the funny story that goes with the teacup...perfect for a 12 year old. :)

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  20. oooo.. some more painted dishes from Great Auntie Saima. And yes.. i do feel like I know her by now! Love the story of the bee.. so much fun!

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  21. love the tablecloth and that dainty little teacup..what a sweet story :)

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