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I’ve been sorting through my fabric closet in my attempts to get organized for the new year, and I came across my stash of antique embroideries, most of which I purchased at the Alameda Flea Market. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but I just can’t resist it. All the careful needlework, sometimes with handmade lace borders, just amazes me. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them – most of the linens are too stained to use – but I love looking at them. Maybe patches for a patchwork purse? Or appliques for a pillow? Anybody have any ideas? I’d love to hear them!

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6 COMMENTS

  • rosie's whimsy

    A couple of those would look cute on the bottom of a pair of jeans or appliqued on the bottom of a khaki skirt.

  • monaluna

    Ooh, that's a great idea! I have some jeans that could use some pizazz…

  • Linda B

    These are so cool! Sure does bring back memories of childhood embroidered pillowcases we had. I love the idea of using them as appliques on a purse or a quilt.

  • Willard B. Moore, PhD

    How about using these designs on a baby's quilt?

  • My Owl Barn

    These are some very pretty embroideries. You could cut the embroidered parts and use the patches for the kitchen curtains.

  • monaluna

    Oooh, kitchen curtains would be perfect! I need some, too.

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