|Granny's Embroidery and Drawn Thread Hemming|
The above is the border she embroidered on a bed sheet for my mother. The pattern is known as jasmine vine. The center flower (shown above) and the two flowers at either end of the border have multi-colored petals, while the flowers in between have solid colored petals of one of the colors in the multi-colored flowers: red, pink, orange, blue, and yellow. And then, she attached a solid green border, patched to make it the right length, with drawn thread hemming to set it off.
|Jasmine Vine Border|
The border is only on one side of the bed sheet because my mother had her bed pushed against the wall and only one side could be seen. I am not sure exactly when it was sewn, but I know it was made more than 50 years ago. I've no idea how long it took her to sew it.
When my mother gave the bed sheet to me, I noticed that some of the embroidery had worn off through frequent use and washing and I repaired the worn spots by embroidering over them. The white sheet has yellowed a bit with age, but it is still strong.
I have been keeping it stored in the linen cupboard, but more recently, I have been using it on my daughter's bed (which is also pushed against a wall!) as a decorative cover. I washed it, today, and ironed it. I don't know if it is better to keep it stored or to use it.
There was also another bordered bed sheet Granny had made for me, when I was a child - it had appliqued birds along the border; clusters of 3 birds in flight, in 3 shades of blue (light, medium, dark), with a solid blue border edge. I can't remember if the border was attached with drawn thread hemming or not, but I imagine it was. I no longer have that bed sheet; either it tore or my mother gave it away. My mother was not a "keeper of stuff", unlike me!
I also have a bed spread my grandmother crocheted, in filet crochet with a pattern of roses. She crocheted with fine thread using steel crochet hooks, and made a bed spread for each of her daughters and daughters-in-law. According to my mother, Granny had been left-handed and thus couldn't teach her daughters to crochet. My mother took up crochet after Granny's death and I have many of the table covers she made.
Do you have family "heirlooms" made by your mothers and grandmothers? Do you keep them stored or do you use them?
I don't really have heirlooms, but I have two quilts my grandma made me a few years ago. I use them both on occasion. One of them is actually hung up on the balcony overlooking the living room. I hung it there to dry once and every time someone came over they complimented on how beautiful it was, so I just left it as a bit of decoration for now.ReplyDelete
Jess, how nice to have your grandmother's quits. That's a good way to display them, draped over the balcony.Delete
My grandmother was never one for crafts or sewing but she was a good cook. But like you, Bless, I only had the one grandmother as my other grandmother and both grandfathers also had died long before I was born! My grandmother was very special to me towards the end of her life, when I was old enought to understand what an amazing woman she was and how she was able to move on with her life and let go of things when she had to. She had suffered the tragedy of the loss of her husband in WW1 and her only son in WW2, but still decided to be cheerful, because she could choose to be miserable or cheerful. People loved her, of course.
Joyce, your grandmother sounds like a lovely lady. That must have been so hard for her to lose her husband and son in the two world wars. I'm sure she was much loved by all who knew her. Did she teach you to cook or pass down any special family recipes?Delete
What a wonderful item , that you got from your grandmother.. So lovely.. Oh yes, I would use it... and I know your grandmother, would be so happy to know you were using.it.ReplyDelete
Our grandparents are and were so special. Thank you for sharing.
Judy, yes, I think Granny would be happy to know that I still have and use the items she made. :) Thank you for your comments.Delete
Just stunning. Whether you store or use, I can see why this is such a treasured item.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lady Ella. It's beautiful, isn't it?Delete