|This is my hardanger doily made in the early 1990s.|
But today, I want to show you some antique linens I recently came to own. Here's the story. My aunt is moving to Arizona from Kansas City and is doing a little purging of her possessions. Originally I went to get Grandma's sewing machine (which has a great story that you'll hear later). When my mom and I got to her house, she had a stack of things she wanted me to have! Well I hit the "family heirloom" lotto that day! Among what she gave me were two handmade tablecloths. She said that my great grandmother, who was born in Denmark and move to the US in the late 1910s, commissioned them from a Danish relative sometime in the 1950s. She gave one to each of her children - my great aunt and my grandmother. My mom has no memory of her mother ever using hers and we assume it's the unused one. The other one, presumably my great aunt's was used and washed. I don't know if I could ever use them. Maybe if they were under plastic!
|48" x 84"|
This is the used tablecloth, presumably my great aunt's.
It is soft and delicious to run your hand over!
|The edge is done very well - something I've always struggled with!|
|50" x 104" Label: KB 91 (not a date, but I don't know what it means.)|
This one appears to be unused and probably was my grandmother's.
It is on a pink background and done in burgundy, pink and white thread.
|I have never seen such workmanship. |
The are both impeccable and there are no dropped stitches that I could see.
So now I am the proud owner of two more wonderful examples of handwork and lucky that a distant family member actually made them. Into the closet they will go, but just knowing they are there make me a little giddy!