Thursday, 5 November 2015

Still Making Progress & Something To Share

Our tv has been playing up lately (something to do with digital signal reception), so without the distraction of getting sucked into active watching of something during the evenings, it's been great to make a few more stitches on my Halloween design...
 
I think you can guess what it's going to be!

There's actually something nice about having so few stitching projects on hand at the moment... with virtually all of my sewing & stitching stuff packed away in storage, it's handy to just pick up the same little project & keep working on it... rather less WTWO** confusion happening & more actual progress being made. I think I'm even beginning to like going between 2 or 3 things, instead of seeing a sea of UFOs & WIPs in disorganised piles!
I've been known to spend more time trying to decide & than actually doing it.
(Please tell me I'm not the only one!!)
 **WTWO = What To Work On?
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my Something To Share is really very lovely... in among the things that have made their way from my late MILs to our home, is a beautiful linen cloth... the stitching has been started & but obviously not completed... although my MIL was a beautiful stitcher, I'm not convinced she stitched this, it's entirely possible that her mother was working on it & my MIL kept it perhaps with intention of completing it herself but never did. Wish I knew the actual history!
It's great that the printed design is still so clear, I guess it washes off when the embroidery is done? I think it's about 55inches square.
 
What a beautiful cloth, the linen is heavy & still in excellent condition, with the original label still on it... I used to see this caddy in the corner of the spare room at MILs & always wondered what was in it & now I know - & will definitely be refining/adding to my hand stitching skills so I can finish it.

14 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

Cute little witch. What a treasure you have discovered. It will be lovely to finish it x

kiwikid said...

The little witch is coming along beautifully! What a lovely thing to have from your family!

Lin said...

The cloth is gorgeous - I hope you finish it. Just a word of warning though, I found a couple of cushion covers printed on linen that had been started by my Aunt. I didn't want to finish them (her stitching was not the best) and like you I expected the blue lines to wash out so that I could make use of the lovely linen. Two washing machine cycles later and they were still there. I suspect that age meant that they had become permanent. So I would suggest that when you come to sew that you make sure that your stitching covers the lines completely, just in case!. Your Witch is looking great. xx

marina said...

great progress on your cross stitchery, it's very cute.
Lovely find of your mil's, hope you do get to finish it on behalf of all those that worked on it or planned on working on it.

gracie said...

What a lovely cover cloth that will be...

Yvonne W said...

What a find! Lovely that you can complete the embroidery, but a pity you don't know the full history of it. Lovely anyway.

Ondrea said...

What a wonderful momento and a lovely way to share something precious with your late M.I.L. The design on it is rather pretty and I look forward to seeing your progress.

Cheryl said...

What a cute little cross stitch Anthea and I do hope you get to finish that beautiful cloth

Justine said...

What a find! Lovely that this gorgeous piece may end up finished and appreciated.
I love your cute little cross stitch - just think you're already ahead of us for next year's Halloween stitching!

Kate said...

You've been busy with that witch - well done! That vintage t.cloth is quite a find, Anthea, enjoy working on it.

Christine M said...

Your witch is coming along nicely, Anthea. How lovely to be working on your MIL's tablecloth. It's going to be beautiful.

Susan said...

Your vintage project will be a joy to stitch. I had a similar experience.....it's not something I would have chosen myself but it's a good feeling to work on something from earlier generations. A break in routine can be good for creativity, I hope we'll see some more finishes soon.

shez said...

Hi Anthea,your cross stitch is lovely and boy what a beautiful old cloth xx

Fiona said...

two fabulous projects and both with such a lot of work....
Hugz

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