Monday, September 14, 2009

Sentimental Treasures

At the flea market we also found a pile of old pre-printed embroidery linens. I think they are from the 1940's? I found table runners and placemats and full table cloths that had never been stitched. Walked away with a whole pile for $15.00! Yes, it was a very good day!

We even got the printed instructions for some....For the most part, they are in good condition. A little yellow, a couple of spots here and there. Can anyone give me any suggestions for how to care for them? I don't know if I should wash them- or will that wash out the ink?

I think one of the reasons I am drawn to them is because they remind me of the embroidery that my grandmother used to do. When she and my grandfather were "courting" during WWII, she would sit at night working on her embroidery, while waiting for her "little sailor" to come visit. I have some of her embroidery from those days so long ago, I will show them off here sometime.

So that is the end of my flea market treasures (until next time......)


  1. What a lovely find! You have had some great luck at the flea market! You could always go over the stitching with a very fine permanent marker and then wash it. With old linens like this, the original markings may or may not come out, so I would not take a chance. This way you can be assured of the markings not coming out. Of course, launder them gently anyway.

  2. What a great find! I love old linens and the embroidery will make these so vintage :-)

  3. You always find the most wonderful things! I can't wait to see some of the work your grandmother did! AND to see what you do with your finds!


  4. You are a lucky girl! What wonderful things you bought!
    If I were you I wouldn't wash the linen before I stich it. After doing that I would wash it only with soft soap.:)

  5. What a fabulous treasure and bargain all wrapped up in one. Especially the southern belle. Lucky you!

    Cathy ♥

  6. Looks like you stumbled onto a great pile of treasures there ... and happy stitching.

  7. What a great find, love all of those old scarves and pillow cases.
    I still have one that my great grandmother gave me as a shower gift, she did the embroidery and the tatting around them. About six months ago I came across the note she wrote me, what great memories. Cannot wait to see what you do with them, they will be lovely I am sure.



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