Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Old Linens

At the Sr Center someone dropped off a bag of old linens badly stained. They just could not throw them away and that I am grateful. After washing this piece with Shout many times and then Purex the grime came out but not the oil. Somebody was using it for changing oil in a car. The baskets I can cut apart and use them in a crazy quilt block. Most of the lace is usable. Some of the linens I can use for cross stitch with tear a way canvas. Linen is beautiful to work with. 

This next piece the top with some of the lace is no good but the other lace is in beautiful condition. The same with the crochet pink edging. There is a few spots that is not usable but still a lot to work with.

These peacocks were on a linen table runner and had oil on them as one can see on the 2nd bird. I can use lots of greenery  stitching to cover it  up.  I cut around the peacocks  and sewed  on an interfacing. Turned it inside out and now they are ready to sew on a CQ block.
The dog is cross stitched on felt using tear a way canvas and is ready to sew on.  The dog is part of an Antique Sampler block of the month by Ellen Maurer-Stroh. The Sampler is just stunning and hope to find time some day to begin this beautiful project.
Do not throw away those dirty linens. I will gladly take them!!

8 comments:

Miranda said...

Such beautiful work, I'm so glad you rescued it! What a shame that somebody would use that for changing oil! It's very lucky these pieces found their way to you!

Quayceetatter said...

Thanks for your comment Miranda. Our thrift shop is selling old linens in this shape for $8 calling them "antiques"! To me it is sad to put a high price on these linens when someone good give them a good home.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your DH. Your tatting is always super fantastic to admire. Love your Halloween tatting and quilt too. How awful that someone used beautiful embroidery linen in such a horrid way. I am glad you could save some of it to use. I have been away for awhile and I am happy to be back. Hugs judy

Quayceetatter said...

Thanks Judy for your nice comment on my work.

Kathy Niklewicz said...

That oil stain made me wince, and also annoyed me. How thoughtless! At least the baskets escaped unscathed.

What continues to amaze me about cross-stitch is how much detail can be shown in even a small area. These are wonderful, and I'm glad you have rescued them!

Quayceetatter said...

Thanks Kathy for your comments. The baskets just might go into a reproduction of my Great, Great Grandmother's Crazy Quilt. Some of the fabrics are just shreads but can be replaced with Dupioni Silks. This CQ was made around 1900

Tatyana Ratcliffe said...

Very nice treasure, the birds with dogs are fantastic pieces. Its a shame that some people do not see with our eyes but then again if they did we wouldn't have our treasures lol.

Quayceetatter said...

Thanks Tatyana for your nice comment. We certainly do see things different than the ordinary person!!