Tuesday, January 14, 2014

my mom would be so proud...

hey ma, this one's for you...

twelve or thirteen years ago i was perfectly fed up with how quickly my tea towels were wearing out so i found some nice white linen and a few short hours later, i had hemmed a nice tidy pile of brand new white linen tea towels

there is just nothing like a linen towel for drying dishes...

a few weeks ago i decided this one had "given up the ghost" as my mother likes to say


yesterday i attacked it with my sewing machine...


free-motion embroidery with snippety bits of lace and linen, fragments of doilies from projects past


 here i've laid it on a piece of creamy white silk
 thinking of what i might do with all these holes - bits of fabric and/or lace appliqued beneath, adding threads and wrapping them as in hardanger embroidery... lots of possibilities

lots of holes


i found a pretty fragment of embroidered cotton for the largest one and have tacked it in place and begun adding french knots


 lots of work left on this cloth, many hours, but i don't mind a bit

it served me well, all those years, and very obviously saw a lot of hard labour and rightly deserves as much tlc as i can give it

it's my intention to use it for the cover of my stitch history book

how's that for making do?





13 comments:

deanna7trees said...

absolutely perfect. you have a good eye for possibilities.

lynne logue said...

Karen would be so proud Jill. I love what you are doing!

suziqu's thread works said...

What a great idea recycling this gorgeous piece of pre-loved cloth.
I couldn't bear to throw it out if it was mine. The possibilities for its use are endless especially when it has been embroidered so beautifully by you.
Hugs,
Suzy

Marj Talbot said...

It's perfect for your stitchery book - Mom will be proud indeed. Free motion embroidery looks like a lot of fun - also a stress buster???

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

WOW ~ You come up with such wonderful ideas!!! This is going to be great as a cover for your stitchery book and your Mom would be proud.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Karen B. said...

Dear Jillayne,
you never seize to amaze me with you work! Love what you did again!

Many hugs,
Karen B. Todolwen

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Jillayne,
Yes your mother is proud!! I love the way you are giving new life to this wonderful piece. You are amazing. Enjoy the fun!
Hugs

Dorthe said...

This is amazing Jillayne, and so BEAUTIFUL - what a lovely idea- your embroideryhttp://jennie-livethedream.blogspot.dk/s are alwayes so very lovely,-both handstitched and on machine...I love this piece, dear.
Hugs,Dorthe

FredaB said...

Karen must see this. Use up, make do and never throw away applies here.

Clever you.

Hugs
FredaB

Wendy said...

I think this is just fabulous! what a great way to honor a cloth that has served you well...in its retirement it will again serve your needs for a cover...love that you chose to add new life to what many would put in the trash bin...just lovely.

Suztats said...

Love it! Applying the three R's brilliantly! Making do, and making beautiful.

Laura said...

Amazing! I'm so impressed...

(any yellow linen at the store?)

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Jillayne, Mother Nature thanks you and I'm sure your Mom is proud :O) Deb