09 June 2008

Linen and Lace


Linen and Lace, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

I reorganized the linen closet today, refolding the linens and stacking them neatly. I find it a calming task. Lovely old linen, filet crochet, embroidery. All in peaceful shades of white. These are my favorites, the ones that exhibit the time and handiwork of someone in the past.
Monogram
Each time I reorganize the linen closet, I come across something that had slipped from my memory. This time, it was this padded satin stitch monogram on linen with deeply scalloped borders done in padded buttonhole stitch. Upon inspecting the entire piece, one can see that it must have covered a small table at one time, each corner wearing a soft spot or hole into the linen.
Tablecloths
Another shelf of the linen closet contains stacks of tablecloths. Blue and white, white, pink, printed clothes from the 40's and 50's, crochet and even a couple of modern day cotton cloths.
Top Shelf
The top of the linen closet hold other items. The pair of matching old hat boxes that contain knitting supplies and the Buffalo hat and muff that belonged to our dear friend Miss Jessie who wore them when she homesteaded on the Montana prairie over 100 years ago. There is a basket for floral arrangements, extra towels and cotton rugs and a lovely wool needlepoint rug in black with pink roses that is currently not being used.

Pink Crocheted Potholders
A stack of crocheted potholders in shades of pink, cream and white. In a previous home, they decorated the soffits above the kitchen cabinets.

kitchen soffit

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