There were a lot of ladies in our family who loved embroidery. I suppose it was more common 50, 75, 100 years ago, and MANY people did it. But what I love is that we still have a lot of the things that were stitched so long ago.
This is a tablecloth. It's not too large, and would probably fit a card table. I'm not sure who stitched it...could have been my grandma, great-grandma, a semi-distant aunt or cousin. Everything that everyone made had a similar feel.
This one caught my eye for two reasons. 1) See that feather stitching? There's a LOT of it because it goes around the whole thing. 2) See those flowers? There's a lot of them too, but they seemed different to me. Look closer:
The lazy daisies seemed different because they are. In the center of each stitch there is a white stitch. This is a small thing, but it adds so much to them. They have dimension, they pop. I can't wait to try this simple addition that one of my ancestors has passed along without even knowing it!
By Mollie Johanson at Wednesday, July 14, 2010