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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July from the Beach

The kids and I have been on vacation at the beach this week. With my new laptop, I thought I'd have time to post while here, but we have been busy every minute! Swimming, mini golf, museums, shopping, and delicious meals have been on our agenda. I brought some smocking and crochet to work on, but I just haven't had time. The girls and I had fun going to some thrift shops, antique stores, and yard sales one morning. I had some great luck finding treasure. For $10, I bought a trash bag sized bag of old linens. Some are great and some are not!
These are napkins and handkerchiefs, some with hand crochet or embroidery. The purple pansies are 3D embroidery; really pretty!
 These are embroidered runners and doilies.
These runners have beautiful filet crochet around them (top).
 Two old dishtowels with primitive hand embroidery.
 Two 50s printed tablecloths; a nice large size.
 This is a hand crocheted tablecloth. It's about 60"x60" and in great condition!
 These are machine made tablecloths that were in the bag.
 A bag of doilies and random pieces of crochet. That's all from the yard sale. I have already soaked the lot in Biz and hung it on the line. Many of the pieces are nice and white now. I'll have to sort through them when I get home.
 This cutwork tablecloth is done by hand (but I don't know if it's old). It was $3 at the thrift shop.
 But this was my best find of all!! I am 99% sure that this is Liberty of London Tana Lawn. It is 36" wide and has the "feel" of LOL. Does anyone recognize this print? I bought the 3 yard piece for $3 at the thrift shop...can you believe it??
Today we will celebrate July 4th with a parade, cookout, family, and fireworks. I hope you all have a blessed, fun Independence Day, too!!


Jeannie B. said...

What a lucky find!! I can just imagine you going through the bag as you pull out a treasure!! Fun!

Elisabeth Rose said...

Hi Jeannie,
I already soaked them in Biz and only one crochet shredded. The others look good and some came out nice and white.
I hope you and your family have a blessed, fun Independence Day!

Jan said...

You lucky dog you! Did you see the latest article in Sew B about a lady who takes old hankies and turns them into Barbie clothes. I don't know if I'd be able to cut up any of mine.

Elisabeth Rose said...

Hi Jan,
I'll have to go back to that article. I think Barbie clothes are too small for me! I have seen pretty quilt squares made from vintage hankies. Like you, I hate to cut anything up. There is some beautiful filet crochet that is a rectangle around a runner (the corners are worked into the crochet). I'd love to turn it into something, but I'm not sure what to do with a long rectangle. Happy 4th to you!!

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

What a great find! I love going through linens in antique stores and thrift shops. It sounds like you had a great Fourth!