22 March 2011

Mending


Mending, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

Recovering from this bug has left me with little energy and many days at home. Looking for something to do that didn't require much effort, I spied a stack of linens that I've been meaning to work on. The kind where the lace is coming off and needs stitched back on. Something easy to work on ~ mending while I also mend.

Salvaging
In addition to the linens needing mending, there were many old linens damaged beyond repair, the ones I wanted to salvage the lace from or save the embroidered bits from to use in something else. As I picked out the tiny hand stitches, 12 to an inch, that held the lace on a pillowcase, I gained a new admiration for those stitchers of old and the extraordinarily fine work that they did for the most utilitarian of household items. How glad I am to be able to give portions of their work a second life!

Knitted Washcloth
I often carry a little knitting project in my bag, something that doesn't take a lot of concentration. After I'd finished the mending/ salvaging pile, it was just the thing to work on. I've just started on the edging, which I've never done before. It's going quickly though and will make a nice little feminine facecloth when completed.

Thank you so much for all your well wishes and prayers. They have meant so much to me. I remain on mandatory leave from work and have been spending most of my time resting. I am hoping that within the coming week I will be mostly recovered and my energy returning!

8 comments:

Ruby said...

Glad you found something to occupy a few hours. It is hard being sick when you want to do so much or be somewhere else to support others. Love the photos. Old linen and laces are special eye candy for me. May God continue to bless your recovery.

Jennifer said...

You do such beautiful work, I can remember my grandmother stitching when she was recovering from surgery...feel better and I hope you recover quickly... hugs, Jennifer

Gabriela said...

Id love yours works!!.Are perfectly.Kisses

Kate said...

Lovely to be able to salvage or re-purpose items of old - they all look gorgeous.
Love your knitting project - very delicate.
Hope you are beginning to pull round now.

Plays with Needles said...

Hang in there Lisa! You're reminding me that I need to mend my son's ties!! He has to wear one every day for school and, being 14, they are quite a wreck.

I hope you're feeling back to your old self again soon. I"m thinking of you...xo Susan

Marty52 said...

Glad to see you post and that you've found something to do with your time. Lovely linens, by the way... one of my faves. Do take care.

Rachel said...

I'm sure I've something with that pattern of filet lace on it!

Lovely to have such a collection of linen to salvage!

FredaB said...

Hi Lisa

I am so sorry to hear of your illness. Iknow you were looking forward to the surgery and getting it over with.

It will come when you are fully recovered and feeling well enough to have it.

My thoughts are with you.

Hugs

FredaB

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