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!!