Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vintage cross-stitch finds

Recently we cleared my hub's grandmother's house and I felt if on a treasure hunt. We once had such - I will refer to it later in the post. 

Among other things I got  (yes, there will be other posts about this, you did not think I could stick to just one, did you?) these were the most desired ones. Cross-stitch samplers,screaming 'retro,' shamelessly ruined simply because they were made on a too narrow strip of fabric. Honestly I did not expect this from a seasoned stitcher. I already have some ideas how to use them - they are gorgeous.

This unfinished piece was probably supposed to be a tablecloth. Here, she used the same color combination as for the above sampler. I guess it was a hit at a certain point in time (the 1970/80s). 

 This tablecloth left me puzzled. It looks like she got tired of stitching the orange squares and just filled out one completely, just to see what it would look like. 

And these below are her used tablecloths, but well preserved. 

I am happy to report that I became the proud owner of the swooning embroidered tablecloth I talked about here. And some other finds I got earlier.


homemade@myplace said...

gorgeous stuff!!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Unknown said...

Goodness me, these are treasures indeed Maya, such lovely, old, antique patterns, so pretty!
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Divya N said...

the borders look fabulous - great find

Linda said...

I am always amazed at precious finds from the past, such beautiful work that I can only admire and aspire to.
I'm so glad you found these treasures and plan to preserve them and use them. I look forward to more instalments of the finds from your husband's Grandmother's work basket.

Thanks for sharing Maya
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Anna said...

Family's treasures...
Have a beautiful day !

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I adore cross stitch! I enjoyed this post so much , it is so nice that your grandmother in law's samplers will be treasured in their new home.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Those are gorgeous. Sadly, when I am gone, those left behind will find all sorts of unfinished stitchings. I really should find them and do something with them. Have a good day. Tammy