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hand stitched inspiration

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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