Friday, October 15, 2010

Vintage needlework

I thought I'd share a piece of vintage embroidery I found recently when I was looking for something completely different in my storage cupboard in the bedroom. I think it's a side table mat and was stitched by my paternal grandmother who was a good needlewoman. It features a stem stitch filling skirt, buttonhole flowers on the skirt,satin stitch and bullion stitch flowers as well. The linen is very fine and features a finely crocheted edging in pearl thread. The white mark on the right side is unfortunately a hole, it looks like there may have been an organic stain on it which has been eaten by an insect over the years. I'd put it at 1950's or early 60's vintage as that was when I remember her doing this kind of work. I can't see whether it was pre-stamped or whether it was an iron-on transer which was typical of the time. I love it !

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Blogiversary Giveaway - deadline extended

I've extended the deadline for my Blogiversary Giveaway till Monday 11th October because I've been terribly busy and haven't had time to put together the goodies parcel yet ! So all comments till then earn one entry in the draw which I'll get a family member to conduct for me. Overseas mailing is not a problem but you'll need to log in so I can request a mailing address if you win.

The photo is of my grandmother's antique cameo brooch (unsure of age) which I was wearing recently with an 1850's repro crinoline at an historic house Open Day. I may post photos of the actual outfit later, I look like Whistlers' Mother in the photo (which isn't a BAD thing, but I look a lot older without my modern purple glasses!)