On Saturday I was rummaging around a local junk shop when my eyes landed on an old, crumpled plastic bag. I spied some embroidery floss peeking through:
I purchased the contents of the bag for £1. At home I emptied the bag and unfolded my new treasure:
A beautiful floral tablecloth kit, unfinished, complete with instruction book and all the original floss. The woman who was working on this piece wrapped her spare floss around an envelope. Have a closer look:
The date is 1940 – this is a nearly 75-year-old work in progress!
The linen is a natural colour, still crisp yet soft; the floss looks as fresh as summer blossom.
Stitches so neat
But a lot is unfinished
An antique WIP. My imagination takes me to the original stitcher – was she young? New to embroidery and embarking on her first big project? Was she elderly and making an heirloom?
What should I do with this beautiful find? Finish it? Salvage the embroidered bits and use them for patchwork or other projects?
What would you do? Do you have an antique piece of embroidery? Please leave your comments and ideas below!