Sunday, August 25, 2013

Vintage table cloths

I look at the stitches and wonder who this woman is or who she was? Where she was sitting stitching all this? If she was admired in the way I admire her table cloth today? All that wonderful work to dress a table. I wonder if she served coffee in a vintage cup on it? With a small vintage milk jug and sugar bowl. Maybe she served coffee to her husband who then poured some of his coffee on the saucer, took a sugar cube between his teeth and sipped his coffee old man style. Maybe. I would love to think so. And I would love to do the same. Although my husband drinks his coffee in mega big cups, no cute vintage china will be enough for him. I can always serve myself pretty style. :D

My collection of beautiful vintage table cloths is growing. And yes, I use them. They have some stains and holes but oh so lovely they are. Just look at them there air drying on the cloth line. Happiness that is. To me.

Kärlek
Annette

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25 comments :

  1. Thank you for respecting the cloths, for using them and by doing so, keeping them for posterity which is very important. Most other people cut them up which is very disrespectful and destroys part of women's creative history. I wouldn't like my work cut up. I know people state their reasons, some are more valid than others (like if they really are very worn and torn) but others are not. If you can't appreciate a table cloth, then don't cut it into small pieces, let it be given to someone who will. Like yourself.

    I love your background stories around the cloths too. I am glad you enjoy them so much. I do embroider and yes it does take hours, so its really nice to see you loving your cloths so much. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  2. Beautiful table cloths! I collect them too. Your pictures,this morning, inspired me to stop at a trift store. Thank you for sharing,Annette.

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  3. Happy you, to have this FAB collection!

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  4. They are beautiful and all of them have a story, I wish they could talk so we would know about who made them and what their life was all about.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. They're so pretty. I just bought my first vintage tablecloth a couple of months ago and it's been on my dining room table ever since. I love to look at it there. :)

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  6. Hi Annette I just love vintage tablecloths and have today bought another one. Like you I like to think about who took the time and effort to stitch all the wonderful designs - I just treasure them. A really lovely post as always Annette, thank you
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. What a gorgeous picture! I love your dresses too. I have beautiful embroidered things my grandma had made. It is hard for me to use them.

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  8. pretty collection.. I too collect ..love , admire and use them..

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  9. gorgeous collection Annette! I am the same, always wonder who made it, when, and how they liked it. And I use them too, with great pleasure. I love ironing them too! At the moment they are at sea on a boat, can't wait to have them back in a few weeks and be able to use them in a place we call home again.
    hugs,
    Maaike

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  10. Hej Annette, now I've found your blog too :) Will add it to My blog list. It is very nice.

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  11. Annette, your vintage tablecoths are great treasure! Really. They are so nice and your dreaming is very cute :)
    Have the lovely days with your vintage dreams! :) Jolana

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  12. Embroidered tableclothes alway remind me of the many shared cups of tea with my beautiful Nana and Pop. Another lovely post Annette xx

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  13. I do the same thing too. Wonder about the artist behind the project!!
    They are lovely!!
    xo KRis

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  14. Beautiful embroidered tablecloths, and what a wonderful photo of them on the washing line! Like you I often try to imagine the embroiderers of table linen and samplers from the past.....your description of the tablecloth being used is so evocative.
    Helen x

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  15. What is it about seeing things drying on a washing line? It never fails to give me a sense of satisfaction - even when it's not my washing! Really glad you use your cloths - I imagine whoever embroidered them would be thrilled x Jane

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  16. Annette, what a lovely collection. They look fab on the washing line. I'd be tempted to hang them out on bright and breezy days just to watch them flutter in all there colourful glory.
    S xx

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  17. a very nice collection. I use my vintage linens too.

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  18. What beautiful cloths. I only have one myself, oh to have a collection like yours. I agree, a little wear and tear doesn't diminish their beauty in the least. :)

    S x

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  19. Estive aqui para desejar uma linda semana, beijos!

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  20. Hej Annette!

    Bästa jag vet - hänga tvätten på tork i trädgården :) Vilka fina mönster och färger!!

    Och din pläd "mormors rutor" blir så fin, som har vit basfärg!

    Ha en fin vecka!

    kramar/Olg@

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  21. In respect to the first comment - I know that it is far better to leave a vintage tablecloth uncut BUT if it is saved to live in another form by some creative person then so be it. Better that than the horror of all the thousands that end up in the rubbish! ;-)

    I am packing house to move across the world and have two large boxes full of tablecloths and doilleys and old fabric - as if I would leave them behind, (husband sighs in despair) :-)

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  22. These vintage table cloths are looking so beautiful and that flowery designs will actually add a graceful texture to the overall look of a house. I have also seen a broad selection of table linens online. They certainly got beautiful designs, fabric also is of superb quality. They specifically offer their linens to hospitality industry and thus they are made of that quality which can match the standard of five start hotels. I am sharing the website here, you must click there once for browsing the entire range of linens.

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Kärlek
Annette

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