Charity shops are mostly my hunting grounds for all these beautiful pieces of work.
In my mind's eye I can see these prim and proper ladies, Victorian, with swept-up hair and a tiny waist in long skirts, or maybe from the 1950's or 1960's with a beehive and multi-coloured petticcoats, embroidering away,on table-cloths, place-mats and napkins, sharing gossip and cups of tea with their friends in happy harmony.
And how pretty it all is ! And what a waste if you would actually use it! You only need one klutz who drops his cake- encrusted fork on the linnen or a tea-pot that dribbles a great splash of Earl Grey on the carefully embroidered roses and you will never be able to get it out again !
So I live in fear of stains by malcreant's hands and the Victorian ladies' work remains in a drawer.
And that is such a waste, really.So I came up with an extreme solution which I will show below.
Before: 1 table cloth, all four corners embroidered with a sprig of Lilac.
After: 4 scatter cushions, all with a sprig of Lilac- to pile on a luxurious bed full of coulours of blue, white, purple, green and lilac. Like this :
And like this:
And like this:
No longer any dwelling in a dark drawer, only to be taken out occasionally and admired and then put back, but looked at and loved every day.
Did I go one step too far ? Would you have left the table cloth as it was ? Or are you going to look at what you can turn from something unused into something used and loved ??
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