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Mom’s Crib Cover
October 31, 2011, 7:08 am
Filed under: Vintage Linens

In memory of my mother’s birth today (Halloween), and in honor of her death earlier this year, I’m posting this picture of her ‘crib cover’.

The note that we found with it doesn’t say who made it or when. It may have been my grandmother or it could have been a shower gift. We’ll never know! Dimensions are 35″ x 47″ not including crocheted edging.

200th Blog – a Vintage Handkerchief
October 29, 2011, 10:31 am
Filed under: General comments, Vintage Linens

In order to post this, my 200th blog, I did a 2011 review. I only posted 55 blogs this year as compared to last year’s 145. So, I slowed down. But, it’s still been a busy, fun, interesting year so far:

I’ve stitched a golf piece for my husband, baby pieces for Calder & Carson, showed you Anita’s cross stitched angel from several years ago & vintage lines with crocheted edging done by my grandmother. I’ve dabbled in embroidery, braiding, & beading.

I’ve stitched with ANG Cyberpointers, ANG Mainline Stitchers Chapter, & ANG Seashore Chapter in Georgetown, DE.

I’ve learned from a host of sources:

  • ANG Yahoo Group
  • Stitches in Sterling with Nancy Cucci (in progress)
  • Photo embroidery with Joetta Maue (in progress)
  • Kumihimo with Carol LePage
  • Sampler & Antique Needlework Magazine (finished scissors sheath in 2011)
  • Landscapes with Pat Rusch & Lois Kershner (in progress)
  • Project Gutenberg
  • Santacicle with Janet Zickler Casey (finished in 2011)
  • Pieces of Eight by Gayle Bicknell (finished in 2011)
  • Clarity By Ann Daly
  • Mary Corbet’s newsletter
  • Chilly Hollow’s Blog
  • Archivist at Westtown School
  • Beaded bracelet making class with Lori from ANG Mainline Stitchers

Learned about:

  • ANG Pilot Stitcher Program
  • Royal School of Needlepoint from CBS Sunday Morning

Bought from:

  • Judy at Judy’s Stitchery Nook in Harlingen, TX
  • Sue at The Log House in New Castle, PA
  • Tokens and Trifles (online)
  • Lavinia at Counted Embroidery in Califon, NJ
  • Karen Milano at Nimble Needle in Haddonfield, NJ
  • Marcie at Needle Me in Havertown, PA
  • Tony & Betsy at Fireside Stitchery in Frazer, PA
  • Russell & Stephen at Rittenhouse Needlepoint in Phila, PA
  • Dan from Framer’s Workshop in Phila, PA
  • The Bead Garden in Havertown, PA
  • Fire Mountain Gems (online)

With this blog, I’ll share my vintage handkerchief that was my grandmothers that was what I carried with my bouquet for something old. We share not only the same initial but I have my grandmothers first name for my middle name, Mae. Many of the items I’ll be blogging about over the next weeks and months are vintage items from her day or my mother’s. I expect this was not hand-made but there is no tag.

I have no financial tie to any person or organization mentioned above – just a happy stitcher giving credit to wonderful people or services or both.

Stitches in Sterling
October 26, 2011, 7:34 am
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Stitches in Sterling

What a wonderful weather we had for the long weekend in Rehoboth Beach, DE! And, the class was even better. Nancy Cucci taught bead basics (I’d never applied beads to needlepoint before) & darning patterns (which I had not done very much of before). So, it was a wonderful learning experience.

I am also very impressed by her instructions. All the images are hand drawn. I thought everyone used a computer & was thrilled to learn she does them by hand. They are so well drawn that I didn’t realize that they are hand drawn! Such a personal touch to be doing it by hand.

We applied various types/sizes of beads the first day. Then, yes, I finished 2 areas of the beading at a bar! It was so well-lit & almost nobody in the bar that it was like working at home with just the TV on – baseball, beer & beading with Bill by my side!! The second day we learned about the background stitches (some darning others more wrapping to create flatter/rounder looks) & a way to sign & date the piece in a very subtle stitching pattern. We talked about all the areas before we left.

There were 2 ladies that came from Albany, NY & 4 of us from Philly, & the rest were Delawareans. It was really a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow ANGers. Most everyone went out to a group dinner on Monday night, including the 2 traveling husbands. Roseanne & Geri did a fantastic job at organizing everything. It really was a wonderful group of people, location, & learning experience. Thanks again for thinking to invite us!

And, on the drive home, I came up with an idea for a piece to submit to ANG Seminar for 2012. I even got the basics down on paper last night when I got home so I wouldn’t forget. I was picking her brain about how she designs during class. Thanks Nancy for a very educational & enjoyable learning experience!! And, eventually, for a loving piece of needlepoint.

Research on pillow cases
October 21, 2011, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Photo Embroidery Class

I found a tag, ’42″x36″, type 140, Debutante by Dan River’ on the inside of the pillow case that I’m taking to class tomorrow & googled it. In 1961, The Torrence Herald advertised a pair of these pillow cases same size as mine but not ‘Debutante’ on sale 2 for $0.76 & the ‘Debutante’ that they did advertise are not the same size on sale 2 for $1.26. So, close but not a match.

Click to access 00000903.pdf

I also found a pair with embroidery edging by Dan River that are close to mine but not an exact match, on eBay for $3.99 + S&H. A pair that isn’t opened is selling on eBay for $19.99. Understandable difference in price.

Wedding Photo for Autobiographical Embroidery Class
October 20, 2011, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Photo Embroidery Class

Since our next wedding anniversary will be our 25th, I decided to take one of my (our) favorite photos from the wedding album & use it for this project.

I scanned the photo into the computer and enlarged it. I made  3 attempts at tracing it until I got this one. Then, I traced it onto my pillow case which is larger than I expected it to be back in my grandmother’s day. It measures 30″ x 20″. I’m glad it was that big though because I was able to slip it over my light box & just trace through the one layer.

Pillow cases with colored tatted edging (not crochet)
October 18, 2011, 10:04 pm
Filed under: Vintage Linens

The pillow cases with the purple edging (thanks to an ANG Yahoo Group member I discovered that these are tatting – not crochet) will go in our guest bedroom nicely. Perhaps, I’ll embroider something on them after I have more experience in this ‘contemporary’ style. For now, I’ll use as is – I’d hate to ruin them.

Pillow cases with white tatted or crochet edging
October 16, 2011, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Vintage Linens

These are 6 white plain pillow cases that my grandmother embellished by adding a white crochet edging. Considering the crank style washing machines my grandmother used, I’m surprised they held up this well. That was always something I looked forward to – helping with the laundry when I visited her.

There is some wear on a few of the pillow cases but most are in good shape. And, the edging is good. Although I do not have a photo yet, I’m going to use the last set for my photo embroidery class. My favorite is the first set (which thanks to an ANG Yahoo Group member I learned is tatting – not crochet) but I’m just not sure I can tackle that with success. So, I’ve selected my second favorite.