Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fabrics from the Past

Nothing is better than getting boxes and bags of fabrics, dresses, aprons, and linens from my past and searching through them.

Sorting through them and thinking of my grandmother who embroidered many pillow cases, sewed the aprons, and several lovely dresses. Just seeing the fabric colors and designs from the 40s to the 60s was so reminiscent! I could tell the aprons used daily from those that were sewn and set aside for possible sentimental reasons - or to savefor family dinners.

Linens of all types and weaves, the laces are gorgeous! Cutwork table runners, and many lovely lace tablecloths, along with heavy linen tablecloths - Ideas begin running through my mind as to how to use them now, what to make. Some are perfectly intact and just a little soaking will make them look new again. Others have small areas to be mended. I know I will look at many for quite a while until the perfect sewing project will come to mind! Purses and totes come to mind for some of the brocades, butother ideaswill come.

Love this bright red apron - a pocket for "discard, keep, and decide later", and the colorful striped fabric apron.

A lovely red and white crocheted apron - certainly saved for those special occasions!
Aprons from traveling to Florida and one from California. The tag is marked "cactus cloth".

Loads of hande doilies - I can even remember my mother making a liquid starch solution so they "stand" up just the right way.
And then a full box of lovely fabric pieces to drool over and dream of ideas!

Off to finish searching through the fabrics, and the linens!

Happy Stitchery!


Anonymous said...

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that you are enjoying all of them so much. Love ya'

Gayle said...

Your comments about your mother starching her doilies brought back great memories. We used to visit a great aunt who made these doilies (I have tons of them), and then starched them. She kept her old farm house immaculate and on all the tables were these starched doilies. I remember being fascinated with them as a small child.

Charlene said...

I was so glad to get these of my grandmother's and plan to put the starch back in and use them! I also loved them. An aunt remembered putting them over jelly jars to get them to hang right while drying.