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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 18 Apr 2011 13:09 #62656

Agnes, that is just beautiful!! What a lovely tribute and heiroloom. :D
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Lorchen--That is really gorgeous.

Here's what I did to showcase some of Mom's and Grandmother's work along with my quilting. As this was largely done as a tribute to my Mom I used colors that she gravitated to for the quilted parts. I also pinned on a few of her jewelery pieces.

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I played with the photo. This should be easier to see the detail. The outer border was a strip of fabric, with mitered corners. Any crochet work was my Mom's, cross stitch was Grandmother's. The embroidery with the blue curved fabric was a runner on Grandmother's sewing machine. I thought it was necessary to incorporate it as she was the biggest influence in my fabric/fiber journey.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 12 Apr 2011 20:43 #62218

Agnes, that is gorgeous. I do think I have a few pieces of crocheted lace that my grandmother did, I will have to look and see about incorporating it as well. So many wonderful ideas! Thanks.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 11 Apr 2011 09:19 #62062

I just played with the photo so check again. I also edited to add a little more detail. I made that piece specifically to stay in the family. Currently, it is residing at my sister's house. She and I both have sons only that have no interest in the piece but we have a few nieces that will eventually be the owners.

Thanks, Margo. Making the piece was a real challenge. It was a healing piece for me and gave me closure, leaving me with happy memories.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 11 Apr 2011 08:12 #62059

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Yes, that makes sense Rosemary. Good point! A layer of fabric would be a good alternative. (I'm pretty sure in my sister's case, no one will want the piece once she is gone. ;) )
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 11 Apr 2011 07:07 #62051

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I would also suggest you check out Cindy Needham's show on TQS as well as her book & website. She does amazing work with linens!!

I am making a wallhanging for my sister with her counted cross-stitch blocks. Because of the loose weave of the aida cloth, I backed them with interfacing. I don't think you'd need to do that if the embroidery is on muslin.

I hope you post your project!! :)
When I was at the RSN glueing or putting adhesives on the back of embroideries was utterly frowned upon, unless you could confidently undo the work (conservationist thinking), and I still have a bit of a mental problem about allowing glues near my embroideries. An alternative would be to tack a piece of fabric onto the back and then treat them as one, it can be interesting to experiment with different colours to see how they affect the look of the work.

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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 11 Apr 2011 05:22 #62037

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Agnes, that is such an heirloom! It can be difficult to successfully combine different types of handwork, but this is wonderful.

Joyce, if you click twice on the photo you can get a closer view. It looks to me like the fabric in the border features two colors of daises. It makes a perfect frame!


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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 10 Apr 2011 21:41 #62029

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What a treasure, Agnes! I love that all 3 generations had a part in this. The outer border fabric with the light pink flowers is perfect! (I'm assuming it is the print of the fabric. Maybe it is lace?)
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 10 Apr 2011 21:29 #62027

Lorchen--That is really gorgeous.

Here's what I did to showcase some of Mom's and Grandmother's work along with my quilting. As this was largely done as a tribute to my Mom I used colors that she gravitated to for the quilted parts. I also pinned on a few of her jewelery pieces.

1122_Generations_2007.JPG

I played with the photo. This should be easier to see the detail. The outer border was a strip of fabric, with mitered corners. Any crochet work was my Mom's, cross stitch was Grandmother's. The embroidery with the blue curved fabric was a runner on Grandmother's sewing machine. I thought it was necessary to incorporate it as she was the biggest influence in my fabric/fiber journey.
Last Edit: 11 Apr 2011 09:13 by grannyagnes.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 10 Apr 2011 18:12 #62011

I went and checked out Cindy Needhams show then went to her website and drooled over the gorgeous quilts she has done. Now I have a totally different idea for doing these! I think it's going to take some thinking and playing with fabric before I make any decisions as to what to do. But I will post pics and I'm really looking forward to trying this.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 09 Apr 2011 21:45 #61969

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I would also suggest you check out Cindy Needham's show on TQS as well as her book & website. She does amazing work with linens!!

I am making a wallhanging for my sister with her counted cross-stitch blocks. Because of the loose weave of the aida cloth, I backed them with interfacing. I don't think you'd need to do that if the embroidery is on muslin.

I hope you post your project!! :)
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 09 Apr 2011 19:33 #61961

That is absolutely gorgeous!
I washed my pieces today, I was surprised how dirty the water was!! They are dried and pressed and I have been going through my stash to find fabrics, I'm going to have to go shopping, I have almost nothing for pastels, especially the colors that are in the pieces. I'm finding this a challenge as the pastels are sure not colors I would pick out to use or have ever been fond of. But this is a project I have been wanting to do for a while.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 09 Apr 2011 16:54 #61947

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During Festival of Quilts last year I went back a couple of times to have another look at a beautiful wallhanging that was made with all sorts of vintage pieces of linen. It was called "Woman's Inheritance" and made by the Norwegian Tone Storhaug. I think it's an amazing piece and shows how old bits and pieces can become a real heirloom. I would have loved to tell the quilter that, for me, her piece was one of the best in the show. Taking pictures was allowed, so I can share these with you:

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From the edge of Sherwood Forest, home of Robin Hood
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 08 Apr 2011 20:35 #61888

Thanks, Laura. I now enjoy the "teacloth" and have daily memories rather than it being hidden at the bottom of a drawer.
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Re: What to do with a vintage embroidery piece 08 Apr 2011 19:07 #61882

Oh, that is pretty! I think I will try the ivory soap soak. The thread looks like regular embroidery floss in pastel colors. Not quite my palette but I think it will be good once I get it together.
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