Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Stitches for Tea

Week four of Gracious Hospitality's blogathon brings us handstitching for tea.


Now as Murphy's Law would decree, I did not take photos yesterday while the sun was shining bright and beautiful. I waited until today, racing to get everything shot while the fast approaching storm rumbled in the not so far distance. But, I succeeded!

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to show you all of my newly aquired embroidery that I got from my mom. Luckily I waited, unintentionally, and now here is a chunk of it. Most of these pieces were stitched by my great-grandmother, some by my grandmother and a few by my mom when she was younger. All of it is old and is showing it's age, but that doesn't bother me in the least. I love it all!


Here is a tablecloth for a tea table. I have several tablecloths, one even for a child's tea table. So sweet!






This set of tea towels may be my favorite. I just love the one with the sweet scalloped edge.

More tea towels. The 'M' stands for May, my great-grandmother's name.







Great colors on these cross-stitched napkins. And they are in pretty good shape!







I do live in Texas, so sometimes tea comes with a bit of cacti!







See those green edged floursack napkins? I'm excited about those. My mom did the green stitching along the edges when she was young. I'm teaching myself to embroider so my plan is to do some work on them when I feel I've gotten good enough. Then I will have napkins with two generations of embroidery on them... heirlooms!

Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed!

18 comments:

ellen b said...

I so enjoyed all your lovely linens with their beautiful embroidery. How fun to have the M ones from your great grandmother May!!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What lovely treasures you have in your mother's, grandmother's, and even great-grandmother's table linens. The work in them, the colors, all marvelous!

Carrie said...

I love your plan to embroider the napkins edged by you mother in her youth. What an exiting idea for enhancing a heirloom, by giving it another layer of family connections.

Lori said...

Alisa, your linens are gorgeous and how very special that they are family heirlooms made by the hands of women you love:) such pretty colors and wonderful treasures!! thanks for sharing!!

Me said...

How wonderful to have tea linens handed down in your own family! The work is beautiful - such treasures. :)

Revee

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

These embroidered linens are so fresh and charming! Thank you for sharing with us so many photographs. They are all so inviting!

zetor said...

Ypur linens are beauyiful. I particularly liked the cross stitch , I've often wondered about doing some.

Anonymous said...

Alisa, I just found your blog. It is absolutely lovely, and I am having a great time looking at all your gorgeous projects.

Meera

knitsational said...

How beautiful! And how fortunate that you still have all those lovely pieces. My mother has several pieces from my great grandmother who passed away when my grandmother was very young, and she absolutely tresures them. Ijust can't wait till she passes them on to me.
And I can't wait to see how the clothes pin dolls turn out. I just love everything Alicia Paulson does!

Whitney Johnson said...

Oh, your family linens are gorgeous - I love the bright color! Embroidered linens are so special. I marvel at how much effort was made to create beauty in the every-day home. We still do that, but it sure doesn't take the work it used to!

Alisa said...

Meera!! How are you? Glad you found me and hope you stop back by. By the way, have you seen the new kit?! So excited!
Alisa

barbara said...

I love your pretty tea things. Glad I found your blog - everything looks so nice!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed seeing all your special needlework! How wonderful that they were done by your relatives!

I finally have mine posted.

Katherine

Grace Yaskovic said...

Your tea things are just wonderful!!

Sarah said...

I love old tea linens, hankies, and table cloths. I went through period of collection table clothes. I'm still drawn to them hanging on the racks everytime I'm at an antique store!
Sarah
Vintage Lily

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

I love all of your treasured heirlooms! Thay are beautiful. I have my grandmother's handiwork, too, and cherish each piece! Thanks for sharing.

The Apron Queen said...

What an amazing collection of hankies. I'm impressed! My vintage hanky apron show & tell is up. Do stop by. I'll even fix you a plate of my Just Peachy Cobbler. :D

For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen, the home of Vintage Thingies Thursdays.

Miss Sandy said...

How lucky you are to have so many pieces lovingly stitched by your family members! The tea towels are precious!