I wanted to show some pictures of this embroidered table runner I found awhile back in a second hand store. Most of the things in our home are from second hand stores or flea markets. I've heard that's very trendy now, or "green", since you are recycling. Still, my sweetie and I have always loved "old, dusty stuff", as our kids put it.
But I'm getting off topic. I wanted to share this because every bit of this piece has been hand-stitched and appliqued, along with its cutwork and scalloped edges. Oh, my.
Look at the delicate stitchery. I don't know whether to sigh or cry.
And these wee stitches - how long do you think it took to make something like this? How long ago was it made? I'm guessing the 1930's by the floral design, but that is just a guess.
I think about the woman who made this. Were you a young homemaker, a granny, or a little miss practicing her needlework? Whoever you were, I admire your craftsmanship.
When I went to pay for this, the cashier exclaimed,"Oh look at this - no one appreciates this stuff anymore!" "Yes they do," I smiled.