Thursday, January 23, 2014

White & cream linen & lace

There is something to be said about our Grandmothers home making
I remember mine using the most beautifully hand embroidered pieces
for the most ordinary everyday things.

Carving the roast on Sundays
A beautifully hand embroidered place mat was placed under the 
meat plate to stop the drips from soiling the table cloth

This meat plate is one of 3 I inherited from my mother
It is Royal Doulton

The cloth and meat fork and knife I bought thrifting

It is embroidered,white on white with a carving knife and fork
and a floral border at the top

Another white on white piece I have in the laundry

Note the beautiful satin stitch on the leaves,and the corded
shadow stitch.

Another on my jug and bowl in the bedroom

Flower baskets were popular like this one on a hand towel

I love cream linen too with the coffee coloured embroidery
and all the painstakingly stitched scalloped border on this 

Set of cream napkins with the lacy corners

A collection of creamy doilies
My Grandmother used to crochet her lovely fine ones
although sadly these aren't hers.

Back to the ironing, I so love ironing all my linen pieces.
They get so creased in the linen dresser,so I occasionally 
take them out and launder them all again,a little job I enjoy.
I have a good sort through and sometimes part with a few,so that I can buy more. :)

I am visiting some lovely linky parties this week
The links are on my side bar

I hope you are enjoying your week
Happy Australia day to my Aussy friends
xx jeanetteann


Kays Kids said...

Happy Australia day to you on Sunday Jeanette. I think your linen is lovely. I have quite a bit of my grandmothers as well. They are precious pieces.
Hugs Kay

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your embroidered linens are so beautiful! I hope it won't be too hot for Australia's Day!

Maria said...

Beautiful linens, Jeanette! I hate ironing but love ironing my collection of old linen cloths, runners and doilies :-)

Susan said...

Dreamy linens and doilies, Jeanette. My Grandma used to make gorgeous doilies in crochet, too. Such a lost art now but sooooo beautiful.

Oh, I would hate the drippings from roast to go on that lovely white embroidered piece. Think I'd cover it with plastic or use a towel! Ha! Susan

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Such pretty things! I love old linens. I am so jealous of your cool breezes--sounds wonderful!

Jann Olson said...

Oh Jeanette Ann, I love linens and you have some gorgeous ones! Love the little basket one especially. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Light and Voices said...

Your linen collection is absolutely divine!
JM Illinois

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Absolutely exquisite! So delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,