Week 3 - Place-mats for Charity

Still pulling things out of boxes

Even though I have unpacked all the boxes I am still finding odds and ends.  Some of those odds and ends are a set of Scandinavian mats that I stitched back in the 1970's and I remember that back then I had to use a magnifying glass to stitch them.  I was hopeless at cross stitch at school and then I discovered the Danish Embroiderers' Guild in my teens.  I just had to learn to stitch those things.  And I stitched and stitched till everyone one was bored with my cross stitching.  So I gave it away for about ten years until I discovered it again.

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I remember thinking that I would never have anywhere to use these little mats, but, wait long enough and you will find a use for them.  Well a mix up with the furniture I bought has resulted in just that.  I thought that I had ordered a tall boy but a dresser arrived.  It is solid wood and weighted over 70kg.  There is no way I could have sent it back so it has stayed.

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And my little mats are just perfect on the blackbutt wood which is a caramel colour. ( I had all the floors replaced in the same wood when we did the renovation on this house.)  It is so good to finally be able to use these pieces.

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I remember those exact wreath patterns from the Danish Guild! I did Xstitch back in the mid to late 70's. I always wanted yo make those. 🙂. How pretty they look on your sideboard. 🙂

Thanks for the flash of memory! Maybe I should go looking for that book.

🙂 Linda


These Danish mats are charming, but I know what you mean about how to use them. At one time they became totally out of fashion and many ended up in charity shops. Now people are beginning to appreciate them again and there are many ways to use them - on the wall, under glasses, between pages of books, in quilts and of course on dressers! Enjoy them as they are beautiful and beautifully sewn.


Never throw something away - you will find a use for it!

It's wonderfully find stitching - well done!

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