Friday, 29 August 2008

ATC and Op Shop Treasures

Firstly this is a lovely little ATC recieved in the mail this morning from Sylvia as part of a swap arranged through EmbellishStitchEnrich Ning which was set up after the first embellisher course by Dale Rollinson finished. Isn't it cute?

I had a day in Melbourne yesterday, and met up with my Daughter who played hookey from work for the afternoon. Amongst other things, we visited a favourite Op Shop and these are what I gleaned.

Five quite old, but unused, embroidered hankies which look fine after a night soaking in some bleach.
The Wildflower books were published in 1946 and 1950 and are full of beautiful black and white botanical drawings by the author who was in charge of the Botanical Museum at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. They will be a useful resource for stitching. The Anchor Crewel Stitches and Pattern book (1989) may be a gift for a friend who is just starting out in all fields of embroidery, but I may just keep it too as it contains both patterns for each design and photos of the finished piece.
These prove that one should never pass by an Opportunity Shop without checking it out!


Marcie said...

personally, I like Napisan (the cheap equivalent works fine) for rejuvenating old linens, especially if they have coloured bits.
Those hankies really are treasures!

Anonymous said...

I have awarded you the I Love Your Blog Award, because I really think your blog is terrific.

Note: I collect old handkerchiefs also.

Maureen said...

I love to use beautiful Handkerchiefs, much nicer than tissues or do you have other plans for them?

catsmum said...

I'd love to see the flower books - any chance of them visiting quilting ?
[ discreetly so as not to be pawed about by certain people who don't know how to treat other's prized possessions ]

or could certain choice pages make an appearance here? I think they'd be safely out of copyright by now, wouldn't they?