For the New Year, I wanted to share these sweet images in red thread on fabric the color of light tea stains.
I first spied them tucked in the back of a drawer at my grandparents when looking for a tablecloth. It was amazing to hold something so old.
Tea towels, embroidery lessons, tablecloths? Loving pets, flowers and butterfly selected and sewn by whom? A great, great-great or great-great-great aunt when they were young? A gift? I do not know the provenance, but the 3×3′ linens with simple stitches were special enough to keep for at least two generations, and now two more. I thought they’d be spunky in red frames hung in the kitchen. When well past their 100th birthday, the linens were passed down to me and where did I put them? In a drawer.
Given a number of decades in the dark, a bath was in order, so I risked the red thread color bleeding and put them in a delicate wash. The samplers turned out magnificently. Yet, back into a different drawer with other keepsake items.
The horseshoe image has always reminded me of a New Years greeting. The dawn of yet another new year seemed (about) time to celebrate and bring them out.
After taking a few photos, I was heading back to the drawer, right past where I rotate a collection of vintage quilts (aka hang stuff).
**Horse Nut FYI: One belief is that a horseshoe with the two ends pointing up collects good luck and keeps it from falling out, while another tradition is that the two ends should point downward so that good luck pours onto those passing.