Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Exquisite cloth!

There is nothing like coming home to a package that was an impulse buy that you had forgotten was coming! I won this incredible embroidered Irish linen tablecloth on Ebay for little more than a song and some postage. It's so sumptuous. I know I'm going to be hacking it apart and dyeing it all manner of colors but for the moment the snowy acres ( 82"x80") has me completely intimidated. Look, Dijanne, it's Banksia! The embroidery runs all the way around the four sides. How to color this stuff? What a problem to have. Can you imagine what the lady of the house would think about my plans for her finery? {{{boo.boo.boo.boo.boo}}}

6 comments:

zquilts said...

Good Golly Miss Molly !
How beautiful. Great find !

Quilt Pixie said...

I'm sure the lady of the house would be trilled someone was going to enjoy her cloth :-)

arlee said...

Oh wow--with colour that is going to be SMASHING! Lucky you!!!!

Nellie's Needles said...

oooohhh...it never occurred to me to use a beautiful linen in my textile art. But why not? There's an embroidered table cloth that's been waiting for me to iron it ever since I moved to Tennessee 16 years ago. I can't recall how long it was waiting before packing it up. And then there are the dozen napkins that go with it ... those are ironed, but I haven't used them since we moved either. Thanks for the idea.

Marsha said...

Wow, wow, wow. You really have a great piece of fabric to play with. Ideas are running thru my mind so fast and I don't even dye fabric! Beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Alison Schwabe said...

Well of course it is yours to cut up if you want... but if it is good nick why not use it? I have some marvellous old cloths, in good repair, bought for songs in markets here in Uruguay and in Aus - and I use them, but take them to be pressed at the drycleaners! Are you sure it is banksias? ie Australian flowers - the other motifs would be interesting to see...this heavy padded whitework, probably Montmellick embroidery, on white linen is rarely done these days. If you lose your nerve to cut it, I will happily pay you for it and give you an address in the USA to send it to so I can collect it next time I go up there! (kids and grandkids, CO and MD)