When I go op-shopping I have a little routine...check the fabric bins...check the bookshelves....rummage through the racks of 50c throw out clothes...then... I hold my breath and hope....as I delve into the boxes that contain the vintage doilies and linens , that I may find my next fabulous little piece of embroidered heaven !! ( note to self ...remember not to squeal with delight too loudly...those ladies out the back might start upping the price tags on things if they think I would pay more !! ).
The hours of labour and love that are invested stitching these vintage beauties is amazing.....
Some of my finds , inevitably , will have holes or stains in them. Then there are the rare few that are in pristine, straight from the glory box condition. Like this one .Yay !!
Once home, I will attempt to remove the stains. I have an evergrowng stash of stained and holey embroidered linens that I have grand plans for !! Yes, indeedy !! I want to use them to create a quilt featuring the embroidered pieces of these vintage linens . I have not found the exact pattern or idea for inspiration yet. I just know that is what I want to do with them . One day .