I love to gather old linens I see at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. I especially like hand-embroidered things and the feel of old linen is heavenly.
I’ve managed to collect some things that have been in the family for a while as well. For some things I know the history but most are consigned to that vague “long ago” era when women knew how to embroider, do needlepoint, quilt and hemstitch.
My maternal grandmother’s mother was apparently quite a seamstress. She made my grandmother’s wedding dress amongst other things. It’s so small (she was petite) that it fit my sister when she was 13. None of us has managed to wear it! I wish I had a picture of it.
For some of these things I have plans in mind, but for others I simply revel in the uniqueness and fold them away. The quilt top that was found in my grandmother’s attic will be turned into a proper quilt one day when I have room to set up my quilting frame again. The needlepoint may turn into a couch cushion. Napkins and tablecloths I use whenever I can.
I don’t know if I’ll ever finish the “child’s apron”. It’s actually one of two – maybe someone will have twins. (Don’t worry Rebecca. I won’t send them to your sons. (c; )
I haven’t been terribly successful in teaching my girls to sew. Ribby can to a point, but gets frustrated. The others are scared of the needle. We’re doing better at crocheting. Ribby learned how to follow a pattern today and made a granny square. Flopsy is still doing long chains, but her stitches are pretty even now. They’ve all just become interested in quilting and I spent an hour the other day paging through a pictorial guide to American quilts with them, explaining the patterns and techniques. Maybe we’ll try hand quilting next…
Is anyone else learning how to do some sort of needlework or passing it along to their children?