Mending quilts at the cabin and at home.
A 1970s applique 'umbrella'. I had no problem re-attaching some handles and fixing the hem,
but, at least one half of the hand embroidered herring bone stitch outline has come out.
Fortunately I am a dab hand with herring bone and the umbrella I redid with doubled sewing thread zipped quickly along.
Just look at what I found at home in one of my crammed sewing boxes ......a nice ball of medium weight, just the right brown floss. German by the looks of it, most likely 1950s. I shall take it to the cabin tonight along with a couple of old embroidery hoops.
A wool, tied quilt that I generally call a ' working mans ' quilt, perhaps made for the help in the barn. Somewhat worse for wear and I am not sure that I can do much with it.
But..... was it a quilt for the help in the barn? Taking of the side bindings reveal that it was not the plain rayon I had thought but a rich, royal purple chenille.
A dull mauve wool was obviously purple at one point also , most likely home dyed.,
So much can be learnt from a good unpick!
Fascinating. I love the stories behind hand made quilts.ReplyDelete
wish I knew the real strory. I am debating re binding is a strong rich colour ( please do not suggest I buy retail) or just turning over the back to bind, It is a faded pink wool, but it IS part of the original quilt.Delete
I admire you Jan - I hate mending anything.ReplyDelete
I find it relaxing (well,sort of) and I feel that I am 'working'ReplyDelete
The umbrella quilt is an unusual pattern (at least it's not one I've seen before)...rather unusual colourway too. It definitely takes patience to repair all the old pieces, but such a worthwhile expenditure of time.ReplyDelete
I have had ' umbrella' or 'parasol' once before, It cane from a house in 'The Beach' now part of GTA, where folks would go on the streetcar from Toronto to a summer home in the summer.ReplyDelete
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