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Thread: Some of my Grandmother's embroidery

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    My Maternal Grandmother, who passed away a decade ago and the one who was the quilter in the family, also did embroidery. These were at my parents' house, who have both passed away.

    I seem to be taking over as the family quilter and maybe I will be like her and will have made one for everyone in the family.

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    pillow cases
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    Your Grandmother did beautiful work. You're so lucky to inherit them.

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    Those are beautiful, you are so lucky to have inherited them Pam :D :D :D

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    Oh Pam those are gorgeous! What a wonderful keepsake from your grandmother - see where YOU got the creative gene from!

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    Very nice.

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    What talent! You are so lucky to have those!

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    Those are beautiful!

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    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW :!:

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    Your grandmother did gorgeous work!! What a beautiful inheritance.

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    What wonderful treasures you hold!! I personally love those type of vintage treasures-thanks for sharing! Skeat

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    Thanks all. I am grateful to have them. They have been packed away in tissue and plastic bags though plastic is supposed to not be the best thing for cloth.

    I think the last one with the yellow crochet'd border would look great with her yellow Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that is on my spare bed but, the quilt is covered with a white down comforter to protect it anyway.

    I will wrap them up in muslin and put them in a tightly sealed container. I have two daughters to pass them on to, my son probably wouldn't care one way or the other!

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    So beautiful!!! What a treasure to have!

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    Pam, these are surely a treasure & bless you for knowing what you have!

    Is the lace tatted or crocheted on the edges? I can't quite tell from the photos, probably tatted.

    My Mother tatted & I finished the last thing she was tatting when she passed away. You can see exactly where I started & she stopped...but it was finished!
    Mama could carry on conversations , sometimes waving her shuttle around to make a point. I screamed at anyone that even looked toward me as I have to COUNT the stitches. :roll:

    Your pillowcases are totally wonderful & thank you for sharing.

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    They are crocheted, I don't think she tatted. She did doilies, of which I have a few too, and pot holders and afghans.

    It's great that you were able to finish what she started. My two daughters don't seem to have an interest in sewing so don't know who would finish anything I leave behind.

    I've been looking at the purses here and elsewhere and maybe I could get my eldest to sew if it was purses she could design herself.

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    I hear that!

    We have 2 daughters & 2 granddaughters that could care less to learn what end of a needle you thread.

    We can cry together I suppose? SIGH

    Your Gran's embroidery work was phenomenal!

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    That is all just gorgeous!!

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    What beautiful work. Think of the time those took. Easy to see where you got your talent.

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    They are all beautiful - and it looks like they're still as brightly colored as the day they were embroidered! I suspect your grandmother was like mine and saved them 'for good.' Both my grandma and mom had unused, embroidered linens in drawers when they passed. Imagine how old they are - Mom was 92 when she died in '05 - and they're too delicate, though still as brightly colored as yours. I hope someone on this thread will suggest ways for you - and me - to display AND preserve them. I don't want to keep them hidden away in a drawer!

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    How super! My grandmother, who raised me, embroidered and crochet the edgings of 10 sets of pillowcases for me to put into my hope chest. I don't know if young folks today have hope chests. I'm 65 now, married 36+ years and still have a set of these pillowcases. I am so happy you have these treasures. When I was a little girl, Gram would embroider and she had a little hoop and threads for me too. My first project, which took all of Lent (the 40 days before Easter) to work on in the evenings, was a set of 7 kitchen towels. Gram used a gingerbread cookie cutter to mark the towels. She used those towels until they were all worn out.

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    I do use one set of the pillow cases in the guest room. The fabric wasn't as delicate as the rest. It really suited our Victorian farmhouse in CT - and one of my quilts is on the bed in similar colors to the embroidery.

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    Those are wonderful - what a treasure for you to keep and hold on to for the memories!

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    Yes, it's too bad to keep them hidden away where they are never seen. Aren't there types of glass that would protect from UV rays? I don't know how good they would be for preserving the colors, and the whiteness, though.

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    Those are beautiful. i LOVE hand embroidery. My grandmother, mother and I all did/do it. Its fun. Thanks for sharing

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    Grandma did beautiful embroidery :-)

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