Thursday, January 15, 2009

My Op-Shop Find

I have a Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) op-shop around the corner from home and I finally managed to find time to have a peek inside. Oh my, I think I will be a regular. The shop front is a tiny narrow thing but once inside it’s like Mary Poppins bag – inside it just keeps on going.

Anyhoo, I was sans child and spent a wonderful time rummaging through things, and look what I found.

This gorgeous hand appliquéd and embroidered table cloth with 4 matching napkins. The work is exquisite. The appliqué is done with tiny, tiny blanket stitches – probably about 2mm apart. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of work went into this and here it was at the bottom of a basket in Vinnies.

The saddest part of this is the price tag - $6. I can only imagine that this linen was given to Vinnies as part of an estate. The maker’s relatives not realising that they were giving away a family heirloom and bundled it with the rest of the linen.

Well, it now has pride of place in my embroidered linen collection and will be loved for a long time to come.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!

greenfumb said...

It's gorgeous, I am a great lover of Vinnies and have got a couple of amazing bargains recently including a Javi Lounge with matching chair!

Are you enjoying the heat? Ghastly isn't it.

Donna said...

HI Emma, Looke great. I would love to know how to do this. I have started basic sewing class. My next project is a quilt from left over material. Is this type of thing hard to do??

Great find. Donna.

emma - theberrypatch said...

Donna - this level of this appliqué (which is what the flowers here are) is of a very high standard, but appliqué itself is something that simply requires practise. If I was learning appliqué I would use other techniques to make it easier on myself - but the result would be similar.

Be warned - quilting can be addictive.

Greenfumb - We have been away for the past few days and thankfully have missed some of the really hot days. I can't imagine it ever being cold enough again to put on a jumper. - thanks for commenting. I had to share this beauty.


Darren (Green Change) said...

Isn't it tragic what some people will throw away? Someone poured their heart and soul into that.

Vinnies is the place, though, isn't it? I get a lot of clothes and stuff there!

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