Friday, 12 September 2008
Heirlooms - Just look what I found!
Well, I popped into a charity shop just before school pick up today, and stumbled upon the most amazing piece of patchwork. Take a look:
and a little closer:
What is it, I hear you ask! Well it's a single bedspread, and absolutely beautifully worked by hand, with tiny pieces patched perfectly together. There's even little horses and riders on several of the fabric shapes, perfectly centred. I hesitated in buying it only because I was thinking, well, what would I do with it?
I was a little confused because of this...
Yep, there were two. And I felt so upset. And that's when I bought both. So why was I upset?
When I find something rather special like this, I begin to wonder about its history. I figured that somebody's nan has spent weeks cutting and stitching these for her grandchildren. What other history could there be in finding a pink one and a blue one? How sad that they've ended up in a charity shop - it suggests it was very much an unwanted gift. Or perhaps there's another reason. But they certainly weren't made for the charity shop to sell them for £5 a piece.
I have to confess in my initial thoughts, I'd pondered cutting them up to make bags! Well, no way. I brought them home and examined them, and the craftship is incredible. Even more importantly, my children have laid claim to them. They all love them. I'd thought to take off the skirts, and still may, to make them into more useful throws, but at the moment the children want them left as they are. So they will become heirlooms for us. It's just sad that we weren't the intended recipients. I feel sad the person who made them won't know they've ended up in a home they are truly appreciated.
I threw the pink one over a table, and it's also a fabulous tablecloth. Anybody seen the picture in the Kaffe Fossett book where he provides instructions for making a frothy tablecloth. Well, I have my own one now, and it's made me think perhaps I won't cut the skirt off!
I then picked up two more rather special craft pieces: embroidery this time.
Both for £1. Again, beautifully handworked. It would be a boring world if we all loved the same things, but crafting like this is something else and I can't believe my luck.
As to the beautiful flowers. Well, funny thing that. Yesterday I posted about how I still loved my wonderful hubby after all these years. Now, hubby doesn't read my blog - he doesn't like the amount of time I spend online particularly. And I'm not sure he would have appreciated my being so publicly soppy about him! (I doubt he's in a minority there.) But out of the blue, these arrived yesterday!
For no particular reason at all. He just wanted to remind me he loves me. He does that sort of thing from time to time, and boy is it appreciated. I am definitely one of those girlies that loves romance and flowers and the whole soppy thing. He even remembered to ask them to include some of my favourites. And have you spotted the little butterfly the florist has popped into the arrangement? How cute is that!
I love my husband so much. Thank you, darling man. For ever x