Whenever I pass by a flea market, antique store, junk shop, etc... it is hard for me not to go in and check to see if there are any table linens that need rescuing, or maybe a blue Christmas plate. Aunt Alice always said that everyone needs something to collect. She was right.
I felt like I hit the jackpot with this find last week. Butterflies and flowers hand stitched on a table runner. What home does not NEED one of these?
I like to think about the person who did the stitching. I want them to know I am enjoying the fruits of their labors.
I also happened upon one of these brightly colored tablecloths. I think they are stamped on but I really don't know for sure. What I do know is they are my absolute favorite. This one has an unusual color scheme that I could not pass up.
At the same place I got the table runner I also found this small table cloth. Lovingly stitched by hand.
When I was taking it out of the wash, I noticed on one of the baskets of flowers the embroiderer switched things up just a bit, adding some blue and a different shade of green.
You tell me. Did she run out of thread or just decide to add her own personal touch at the end? To me it feels the same as a quilter throwing an unusual shape or color into a quilt. The addition of a little artistic magic. Something to make me think, "how did they know to do that?"