I saw a piece on Kelly Cline's blog that intrigued me.... http://www.kellyclinequilting.com/2016/04/frame-a-quilted-hankie/
Hum...I have an antique linen piece - I think it was an antimacassar - one of those linen pieces ladies used to put on furniture to protect the places where human skin or hair would hit the upholstery to reduce the damage to a replaceable piece...perfect!
I soaked it in Terial Magic and arranged the cotton lace - it was badly scrunched! The Terial Magic made it stiff enough to embroider without a hoop. Note there is some damage on this piece (it adds 'character'!) - I glued the broken threads down with OkToWashIt glue..not that I ever intend to actually WASH this piece!
I embroidered the center - making sure to cover up that hole with the big pink rose! I used the silk ribbons I got from Kathy at Retreat (she decided to give up all her beads and threads - a couple of other ladies at the Retreat and I split up the booty! Whoohoo!) Antique linen is pretty fragile...I almost wrecked the piece a couple of times - but manged to hide the boo-boos!
Wool batting, two layers of plain teal fabric from the donation table at Retreat and I was off and running...
Added some antique lace around the edge and buttons from my Grandmother's stash...et voila'!
I usually name my pieces something more exciting than 'Embellished Antique Linen'...but I have no ideas on what would be better for this piece.