This is pretty much a repost of something I shared back in 2011. I recently saw a tablecloth of similar design and vintage on someone else's blog, and was reminded of this pretty one that I had made. I thought I would share this again for those who may have missed it. This project was a long time in the making, but the results were worth it!
Many, many years ago, when an elderly lady in our church passed away, her husband gave me many of her sewing and embroidery things. Among them was an unfinished project in a grocery bag -- a gorgeous tablecloth stamped for embroidery. The stitching for one corner had been barely started; the rest still had to be embroidered. I admired the tablecloth, put the bag in my craft closet and forgot about it. Although I had done a lot of embroidery when I first got into needlework, it had been years since I'd done much of it -- and I'd never tackled a project as big as a tablecloth!
One day a few years back, I took up embroidery again and began thinking about how I'd like to take on a challenging embroidery project. I was sorting through my craft closet in the same time frame and came upon this grocery bag. I had found my project! It took me years to complete it and I felt like giving up more than once. But I plugged away at it as time allowed.
As I worked on the tablecloth, I decided it would be for my daughter Carrie. She often uses tablecloths and I didn't think she had one specifically for spring, a season she loves. For a couple of years, I set a goal to give this to Carrie at Christmas -- then, when it didn't get finished, I would aim for her birthday in April. Finally, in March 2011, I finished it!!! I love the flowers and the clear vintage-y colors.
Here's the center of the tablecloth. This took the most time, as you might guess.
Here's a close-up of the center.
This is what the corners look like.
|A small motif like this is in the center of each side.|
A very satisfying project completed at last!
I am sharing today with Sandi's No Place Like Home and Bernideen’s Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party. Also linking with Vintage Charm and Share Your Cup Thursday.