Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Grandma's old embroidery

My grandma and my mother had a passion for pretty things, and hand embroidered dresser scarves and tablecloths were displayed all over the house. By the time they came to me, many were yellowed and stained. Some could be revived, but others sadly were hopeless to use as they once were intended.

Below are a couple of examples of rescued vintage embroidery. This is a dresser scarf that the ends were still in lovely condition. The center part that was stained, I cut away for the rag drawer.


I created a pair of pretty hanger covers using a sweet coordinating pink roses print, and added lots of vintage and new button details



This pair of hanger covers--these are made from the corners of a tablecloth! Note how grammy must have run out of pink thread--she used blue to finish. She made this tablecloth during the depression.



I have also designed pillows and purses from lovely rescued linens. I have these and more items available for sale on my website Marionberry Cottage
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5 comments:

Margaret Cloud said...

Looking at these brings back memories of my Aunt Lottie, she even had to do hankies. I think these are so beautiful and too bad all could not be saved. Thank you for the gift, I received it today and will cherish it.

Halo Hill said...

Absolutely gorgeous Debbi! Thanks for the memories and ideas!

Sheila

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

I LOVE YOUR UPCYCLED ART! AND THOSE HANGERS ARE SO SWEET. I THINK I WILL MAKE SOME FOR MY NEW GRAND DAUGHTER FOR VALENTINES DAY, IF YOU DONT MIND. THANKS FOR SHARING.

Debra said...

Just so darn clever and so pretty! Thank you for sharing this lovely idea.

Angie said...

I found some vintage table runners in an antique store, but the middle part on all of the runners had stains. The end parts, that had the embroidery on them, were still in really good condition. So I bought them anyway, and my aunt (who, unlike me, actually knows how to sew) is going to cut the end parts of and turn them into pillows for me.