Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A Tablecloth

Hi everyone,
Last week I packed a bag full of my sewing paraphernalia just in case I found time to do some stitching while away for a few days at my late mum-in-law´s house but although nothing got to see the light of day, I did unearth a forgotten tablecloth I made about 20 years ago.



My mum-in-law would treasure anything made for her and when I extended the rectangular cloth unflatteringly over a round table to take these photos, I realized that it had probably never even been used.



With this tablecloth I started my adventures with Hardanger embroidery ....... nothing like starting out with something small ..... but it was a simple repetitive design and for some reason I didn´t embroider the outer border pattern.




The design was from my needlework collection called Agujas de Oro (Golden Needles) which I have referred to continually over the years.




Now back home I hope to catch up on my blog visits to see what you are all up to and get some stitching done before my visitors arrive next week.  Happy stitching.

Sheryl



25 comments:

  1. I suspect your MIL thought it was too beautiful to use! A ton of work went into that and who would want to subject it to possible food and drink stains!

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  2. I hope you don't let it go unused! It's lovely

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  3. What a beautiful tablecloth! It's a shame she didn't use it, although I can understand her desire to "save it for good".

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  4. Wow! That is one massive piece. It looks so pretty. I would have been too scared to take it out and use it too :o

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  5. What a lovely tablecloth with so much wonderful detail, it would be nice to show it to others.
    Julie.C x

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  6. What a lovely tablerunner.
    It looks wonderful.
    Greetings, Manuela

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  7. This is incredible. I can't imagine the work involved - or the time it took. It is beautiful.

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  8. That is stunning. Although I can understand not wanting to get spills and stains on it, it's too bad no one got to admire it.

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  9. Wow!! What a beautiful table cloth! That's a lot of work done and so neat. Even I would not have used as it might get dirty. That book seems to be your secret treasure of designs:) Is there an English version for the same?

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  10. Wow, this is so beautifull!! I can understand that your mum-in-law ia afraid to use it!
    Greetings 10eke

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  11. Oh wow that is stunning and your first piece of Hardanger too. I am not surprised she didn't use it - it would frighten me to death just to touch it! Beautiful. xx

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  12. What a gorgeous cloth. It would be very hard to use

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  13. Wow, that is just stunning!! I would put it on my dresser to enjoy the outstanding needlework without risking a tomato stain.

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  14. Wow Sheryl! It's so beautiful this table runner!No risk at all in the drawer,but I'm sure that she put it out sometime to admire!

    have a nice weekend.
    Evelyne

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  15. I always take a bag full of hand sewing or embroidery when I go away anywhere, the last two times it never even made it out of the bag! The tablecloth is beautiful, a real heirloom piece. It's a shame your Mum-in-Law never used it.

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  16. Oh, Sheryl--that is such a stunning piece of handwork! I would probably be like your MIL and be afraid to use it, too... How long did it take to make something like that? It really is amazing :)

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  17. Such a beautiful table cloth. I hope you will use it, it's too beautiful to just stay in a drawer or box and never see the light of the day. It should be admired by everyone who sees it.

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  18. I hope you can find somewhere to display this - free from risk of food stains. It's a stunning piece of work.

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  19. That is amazing for your first one! So beautiful!

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  20. The tablecloth is stunning! I would definitely be afraid to use it too. Is it possible to buy a clear plastic cover so you could still see it but it would be protected?

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  21. Lovely tablecloth and you were right...it's not a small project! Beautiful!

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  22. Such a beautiful tablecloth, Sheryl! What a dilemma, when you've made something so beautiful, she couldn't let it get damaged. I'm sure your MIL really treasured your work!
    Hugs, Barbara xx

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  23. omg Sheryl this cloth is amazing ,you are so very clever ,such an esquite piece .

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