Sunday, June 05, 2016

Embellished Antique Linen

I saw a piece on Kelly Cline's blog that intrigued me....

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 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.


Feathers in my Nest said...

Stunning! Love it. you are so talented Suze..It's definitely an heirloom.

Shelley: the Dread Pirate Rodgers said...

I liked the picture that you posted on the forum but now reading the back story? Absolutely wonderful! Thanks for going through your process. :-)

Pamela Kellogg said...

Suze, this is absolutely stunning! Cris R. sent me the link to your blog. I'm the editor and publisher of Crazy Quilt Quarterly magazine. I would love to publish some of your work. If you're interested, please email me. My address is on my blog.