A few days ago I spent some frustrating time looking for a particular fabric scrap I knew I had. It had to be somewhere in those 4 drawers full of fabric leftovers from a ton of projects past and present. I was wasting time - I knew I had to come up with a better storage system for those fabrics. So I spent a full day cleaning out, sorting by type and color, and either rolling or bagging every last piece of fabric. I did find the scrap I was originally looking for. But I also found something I forgot I had.
Many years ago when we gathered to clean out my parents' house after my Dad passed away (my Mom had already passed a few years before), I headed first to my Mom's wooden box of fabric and sewing notions. (I also salvaged the iron base from her old pedal sewing machine.) I'm the only one of five girls who learned how to sew so I knew no one else would want that stuff. Among her fabrics were these four embroidery pieces.
My mother did a lot of sewing but I don't remember her doing embroidery. I'm quite sure she had no time for it once she started having her nine children. I tried doing an internet search to try to fix a time frame with only minimal success. But with what little I found and the style of these pieces I believe it's likely these date back to the 1930s. If there's any vintage experts out there I would love to know if you can add any information.
These obviously have sentimental value for me and I have been trying to decide what to do with them. My sister (the oldest daughter) thinks they may have been intended as (very small) pillows. No two of them are the same size - the largest square is about 9" x 11". And since these are already probably 70 years old, I'm hesitant to frame or mount them without any protection. But I don't recall ever seeing stitchery behind glass. Have you? Anyone out there have any bright ideas for me?
In the process of all the cleanup, I also discovered that I had about 8-10 embroidery hoops. I haven't done cross-stitch or embroidery in years, and I have no idea why I ever had so many hoops. Since hoop art has become the latest thing on Etsy and elsewhere, I'm jumping on the bandwagon to recycle/upcycle those hoops into more contemporary art for sale. I'll post some of those tomorrow.
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