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?