Last weekend I got out the family crafting heirlooms from my camphor chest.
I wish I knew more than I do about it all. All I do know is that it was all made by my great-grandmother on my Mum’s side. She was amazing. She could knit, crochet & embroider and probably a whole lot more too.
Can you see a faint line around the middle of the tablecloth? I have no idea how it was done, but it is perfect on both sides. This is it up close :
This tablecloth was done by embroidery Cutwork – you sew it & then cut away the middles. These days you can do it all on a sewing machine with special fabric stabilisers. Imaging doing it by hand?
I’m guessing my great granny had a round table or 2. Here’s a fillet crochet tablecloth. I can’t wrap my head around the time this would have taken.
Hankies didn’t escape the Great Gran’s touch
Of course, in those days you needed a pretty cloth to put your crystal perfume bottles on – more fillet crochet.
Now this is another bedspread – my mum has memories of this always being on her Grandmother’s bed. I thought it was damask, but Mum thinks not.
Now we are up to the pride of the collection of Great Gran’s creative works. This is truly mind-boggling. It is a bedspread done with fillet crochet using the finest of cottons. I have no idea how on earth she managed this, with poor light and a vastly different lifestyle to ours that would have left very little time. It must have taken months if not years of work.
Wow huh? I am so glad that this has all survived to come to me. Treasures! Somehow I can’t see my creative things being as revered by my descendants LOL. Do you have any treasures?