vintage craft: good housekeeping needlework
Sitting on my shelf for several years now, I've had a copy of the book Good Housekeeping New Complete Book of Needlework. My grandma gave it to me, and I knew that she used it a lot as a reference for knitting. Since I don't knit very often, the book usually sits on my shelf.
The other day I was at my grandpa's house, and saw my grandma's copy of the book. Even though I already have it, I decided to bring her copy home. After all, she used it so much...it's a nice thing to have hers. Here's what I found inside:
That's definitely a belated gift, as my grandma's birthday was in May, but clearly Florence knew that it was a perfect gift for her.
I flipped through the book and found so many wonderful things, and a very large section on embroidery, which has already taught me things and gotten me wanting to try some new (old!) methods. But then I happened upon the rug section.
As you see in the little picture on the right, this is a design for a rug. It definitely has the style of the years this book was popular in, and that style suits me now! Do I want to make a rug? No. But could I embroider this design? Yes!
I took a photo and cleaned it up so that I can work on it. I'm in love!
My sister thinks it would make a great table runner with the pattern repeating. I think she's right, and a little crazy if she thinks that I'm going to stitch this a whole lot of times! But maybe, maybe I'm up for the challenge...