At my patchwork group last week people were asked to bring some old family textiles. It is amazing what people have in their cupboards. Most of the ladies had old baby clothes and a smattering of wedding dresses dating back to the 1800's. But one lady had an embroidered linen cloth worked by her mother back in the 1940's. It was worked in buttonhole wheels and still looked as good as the day it was finished.
There were a lot of these stamped designs around back then and I'm sure just about everyone has one in the linen cupboard. The quality of the linen used is beautiful, you would have difficulty finding that today. At the Guild when old un-worked or partly worked table cloths are donated they sell like hot cakes.
There is something about buttonhole wheels that I find really attractive. Maybe it reminds me of the embroidery of my mother and grandmother and their table cloths which then brings up other images and memories? Maybe it is the combination of the thread colours that are bright and cheerful?
And then there is the appreciation of the actual stitching. I know from experience how hard it is to keep that buttonhole edge so neat and even.
I missed the email asking us to bring these textiles and I have already donated most of the old textiles I had to the Guild collection but I think I will investigate just what is hiding in my linen press.