Saturday, July 18, 2015
Vintage Linen Inspiration
A friend recently sent me this gift of vintage linens. Pure delight! They inspire me to make everyday things beautiful. I want to know more of the woman behind these articles. Who is/was she that so artfully and skillfully embroidered this cloth?
Did she enjoy tea? How old is/was she? What's her name and where did she live?
These linens bring to mind my own grandmother's hands. I am fortunate to have some pieces made by her, including an embroidered bed quilt. I remember learning to embroider with Grandma as my guide. I am a little nostalgic and sad that I didn't keep up that skill.
Look at the great detail and lovely color selection of this flower basket. Who taught this woman her handicraft? Did she teach others?
Did she work alone or with sisters or friends? I may never know the answers, but I take a moment to send my gratitude and respect to the woman whose mind, heart and hands so carefully worked these into beauty.