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vintage embroidery...


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!


  1. Beautiful work! What a great treasure to have!

  2. So pretty, what a lovely reminder of your family.

  3. That's brilliant, and would help the lazy daisy from "closing" up. Thanks for posting!

  4. Anonymous5:06 PM

    You are lucky to have those, Mollie! I, too, have lots of embroidery that my grandma did and that my husband's aunt did.
    My Mum made me an embroidered tablecloth that I use on special occasions and also some table runners. I love them all!!


  5. That is so beautiful. You are very lucky to have those

  6. Oh, so lovely! I wouldn't have noticed the little white detail unless you pointed it out..and I'm so happy you did! :) Oh, the time & love that goes into needlework - it just makes me happy to fine in the thrift shop & adopt. :)

  7. What a beautiful, beautiful tablecloth. The stitching is gorgeous! What a marvellous family treasure to have.

    BTW, I believe these were for card tables, as they were spread for playing cards or similar activities.


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