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A Stitch in Time

For the New Year, I wanted to share these sweet images in red thread on fabric the color of light tea stains.

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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).

And now appearing for the remainder of January, a very ‘proud to be out of the drawer’ treasure.Hangng around 1 Good Luck indeed.

**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.

Linking to: Chic on a Shoestring, chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com and Six Sisters’ Stuff www.sixsistersstuff.com

 

 

 

 

One Thought on “A Stitch in Time

  1. Eggplant on 10 January, 2014 at 8:10 am said:

    I hadn’t heard of the pouring out of luck with the ends of the horseshoe down…Guess you’ll be walking under that hanging linen a lot! So old & VERY sweet. So much cultural history in the things you post! I enjoy the trips back in time &history lessons. I’m sure it must be fun to research the why & wherefore of these precious objects. :-)

Thanks for your input!

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