Clearing out cupboards when Robin’s Mum passed away, after the siblings had taken whatever they wanted for their families, I was very fortunate to take my pick of what was left. No one wanted the hand embroidered doilies or tablecloths, or the multitude of crochet and tatting. Most of these items had been made by Robin’s grand-mother, so I’m very grateful to have them. And I’ve got plans percolating on how to re-purpose them to show them all off to the best advantage.
Tucked away in the bottom of the linen cupboard was a grubby looking hand embroidered throw-over. This had minimal hand embroidery with a basket of flowers in each corner, and was hemmed in black. After an overnight soak, a gentle wash, and a cool iron, it came out sparkling white, fresh and clean once again.
Hand embroidered throw-over
It’s so nice to have these beautiful family treasures, and I’m sure that if I hadn’t rescued them, they would have ended up being disposed of. Robin and his brothers don’t remember their Mum doing hand embroidery, so we don’t know if she worked on any of the items I now have. Although I do wonder who actually made this pretty little cloth, the important thing is that it now will be used and appreciated for it’s simple beauty.