Each corner of this 1940s cotton tablecloth is sewn with these decorative flowers and trailing vines. When you enlarge these images, check out the subtle yellow and orange threads of the smaller flowers.
M Y C O L L E C T I O N — This is a plain white cotton tablecloth, 36 x 42 inches, with hand-sewn flowers and cool zipper-like vines leading to each group of flowers. The two groupings posted are representative of each corner, and in between these corner groups are smaller flowers. The flower colors vary from pink and lavender to orange and yellow and the leaves and stems are green and brown, with the "zipper" in navy blue. My grandmother made hundreds of pieces like this, including handkerchiefs, napkins, pillowcases and tableclothes. Most of them have been packed away since new and are in really good shape considering the youngest ones are now more than fifty years old. I'm not sure if this is technically crewel work or embroidery, but work like this must have taken a long time! But then, many of these were done before the age of TV, and the hundreds of "modern conveniences" that take up our time today.
What I grapple with though, is what to do with all of these hand-sewn pieces. They could be displayed in a frame, but I have literally hundreds of pieces and could never afford to do that. We've all seen my walls and there isn't room left at the inn for them, lol! So for now, they remain carefully packed away, waiting for a better day.