These pieces were brought in for the Museum collection this week. They have been cut from clothing, probably to use in another piece. I remember my grandmother had pieces of lace and other embroidered pieces that had been cut from garments to be used again. So much time and effort went into the production of handmade pieces it made sense to keep reusing them. I don't think I would bother with much of the manufactured trims we use today.
Those small even stitches, and how to get around a corner.
I wasn interested to see the little patch on this one to keep the piece going.
Not a piece of fabric has been wasted. Here it is used as applique and then embroidered.
This must have shimmered as the wearer walked.
Who were the women who stitched these embroideries? We know from history that they lived through wars and upheavals, but still they stitched.