Thursday, 13 August 2009

Vintage Thingies 36 - Embroidery

After the vacation last week I have been busy getting things back to normal and there was no time to dig up and photograph "new" vintage thingies. Luckily there was this picture from my celler sewing/storage room I haven't shown earlier.



It is, once again, from my mother's family, from the early 1900. The embroidered towel-rack cover is a wonderful example of jugendstil or Art Nouveau. The towels hang in their hooks behind this cover, and nobody needs to see if they are worn out or not quite fresh. Some museum examples can be seen here. My flowers are stitched in silk on linen. I just love this pattern!



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23 comments:

  1. pretty towel! thanks for sharing.. happy VTT

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  2. wow a towel rack cover, how quaint..i love the intricate embroidery :)

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  3. Beautiful cover. I've never heard of a towel rack cover.

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  4. That's a pretty design and an interesting idea to cover up the old towels.

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  5. That is just beautiful, and the Art Nouveau design is so much more apparent when I enlarged the picture. How wonderful that you mother's family held on to so many things.

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  6. Silk threads are so sleek and shiny, a good choice for this beautiful piece. I am not usually drawn to art nouveau but this design could lend itself to other periods.

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  7. I love your posts and the fact that you are blogging from Finland.
    I am of Finnish descent and just started having success with my denealogy.
    Do you know of any Flood or Flod families?
    God bless,
    Helen(grammea)
    grammea22@verizon.net

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  8. This is stunning. I think it is wonderful that your family held onto these treasures. The hand work is amazing.
    Have a great VTT!

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  9. Just lovely.

    And to think - - - most girls today don't even know what to do with a needle!

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  10. The handwork is just gorgeous. What a treasure to own. Happy VTT..have a great weekend.

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  11. I've not seen one of these before. So pretty as well as having a practical use. Those roses look perfect- a little like Macintosh designed glass ones too.

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  12. I enjoy some of the older version of things than some of the modern. I really like that towel rack, but most of the lovely towel. So nice of you to leave a comment and visit.

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  13. Stunning, Ulla! It has a very Art Nouveau flair to it!
    Cheers!

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  14. What a good idea.. a towel rack cover. I didn't know they existed. But I think I need to make one!

    That is simply beautiful. is it totally embroidered? Looks so shiny and satiny.. those golden stems.

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  15. The towel rack cover is beautiful, and I think it's such a great idea to have one! Sometimes I don't change the towels as often as I should, but no one would know if I had one!

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  16. How beautiful -- I love how home makers from years past made even practical things -- like a towel cover -- beautiful. Gorgeous embroidery.

    Hmm... I have an old washstand with a towel rack on it, just right for such a cover. If it ever wants a new home. . . :-)
    Cass

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  17. What a great idea - I'd never heard of that before. We just bought all new towels for one bathroom because the old ones were looking raggedy - still very useable - but raggedy. Wish we had these here.

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  18. Oh, that's neat! I've never heard of a towel rack cover before - it looks like it's functional and beautiful!

    The embroidery is gorgeous - love the design!

    Mary

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  19. Å så många kommentarer, så roligt! Hoppas du haft en fin sommar!

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  20. Wow! how unique! It is GORGEOUS! And precious :)

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