the weekly show of used and loved treasures, 55 times now in almost 17 months. About 50 times I have shown something I have received from my family, a long line of keepers.
The first table cloth is from my Grandmother, with her monogram EK very skillfully embroidered on the linen damast cloth:
We used this on our Christmas dinner table, and now I need to wash and iron this beauty so it will be ready to use for the next big dinner. I would think this one comes from the time before the WWII.
The other table cloth will take us over two generations. It is one of the many unfinished projects my mother has given me in the hope that I will sew the missing parts and make the piece useful.
Mother had stitched the flowers in blue and white, thick perlé thread and embroidery floss. That was the fun part for her. She also finished the hemming, the mitred corners, and some of the lines dividing the middle area.
That is where I came in. I stitched some of the missing diagonal lines and many of the straight ones, and I got to sign this piece in 1992. It had been a project from the 1950's, I believe mother had ordered the kit from a women's magazine.
Maybe in 15 years I will start pushing my UFO's to my daughter, just to continue this tradition as well. She is a maker and a keeper already!
Have a happy VTT! Suzanne is hosting with a lovely theme.
beautiful! The keepers kept them well! Wonderful family taste and heritage.ReplyDelete
These are beautiful, Ulla! I love the idea of pushing on those UFOs!ReplyDelete
You always have the MOST lovely tablecloths, and these are some of the best yet!ReplyDelete
Your family has a wonderful tradition of passing down treasured items. Very lovely textiles.ReplyDelete
The blue and white embroidery is so delicate. Beautiful work!ReplyDelete
Those are lovely Ulla. I like how each generation has been able to make their mark in turn. :-) It is so good when you have a daughter who likes to sew too. I can imagine how many memories of the past get shared as you hand something over.ReplyDelete
Your table linens are beautiful. Passing your unfinished projects down to your daughter is most excellent.ReplyDelete
I like the way more than one generation has worked on an unfinished project.ReplyDelete
OMG STUNNING!! What a lovely keepsake of your mother!! You must treasure it!!ReplyDelete
these cloths are so very beautiful!ReplyDelete
What beautiful heirlooms! I love that they are still in use, where everyone can enjoy their beauty and the lovely handwork.ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous table cloths. The workmanship on them is great. How fortunate you are to be given these. Truly treasures.ReplyDelete
How wonderful to have a tablecloth that both you and your mother worked on. That is my favorite of the two tho both are beautiful.ReplyDelete
I love old linens & they are even more special when you have provenance. I need to take out Grandma's damask cloth & get it starched & pressed, it's a big job!ReplyDelete
Oh, what lovelies! Old Linens are a weakness of mine....these are so pretty. Have a great VTT!ReplyDelete
What lovely old linens! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Beautiful linens! Happy Valentine's Day! Warm hugs, EstherReplyDelete
This is a really beautiful tablecloth! and so very delicate looking!ReplyDelete
Great that you and your Mom "collaborated" on it!
What beautiful handwork by both of you.ReplyDelete
Another tablecloth that reminds of my childhood. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
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So lovely Ulla! I love the blue and white theme.ReplyDelete
The linens are simply gorgeous and such sweet treasures. I love the idea of passing these treasures through the generations. It's how it should be..
I do not have the skill of making embroideries like you, but I do love to see it (and to have it too, from my mother, grandmother and MIL). But I am not quite sure whether my daughter would like to have it once too....perhaps when she's got my "old" age ;-) !!). It's always nice to see your treasures.ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend,
Beautiful! You have a wonderful family heritage!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I like the one with the monogram, but I LOVE the one with the flowers! Gorgeous work!!ReplyDelete