Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Show & Tell: Needlework

I began my 'show & tell' blog post series back in January and promised to try to come up with a new installment each month for a year. May is almost over, so it's time for another! How about needlework? I love all forms of needlework and wish I was both better at it and had the time to dedicate to it. I've decorated with some needlework around my house to inspire me.

This is actually the end of a scarf that my great-grandfather gave to my great-grandmother. It was cut into two pieces and framed.

My grandmother started doing needlework from a very young age. She said she made this little sampler when she was 6. I plan to get around to framing it sometime.

My grandmother has made countless things over the years like this needlepoint seat.

These hooked 'rug' samplers were made by my great-aunt Ruth. I think they are so charming. This larger one is usually under a bowl to protect the surface of the cabinet.

These smaller ones depicting a house and barn are displayed in a curio.

I love the look of Asian needlework done in silks like this fish.

He's a bit faded, but looks rather fun next to the exotic looking letter opener. I assure you that as dangerous as that letter opener looks, it's really quite dull!

If you missed my other 'show & tell' posts, you can click on the label below!


2paw said...

What beautiful needlwork. In the olden days people seemed to have more time for the gentle arts, while we, with all our labour saving devices: don't!! You are lucky to have such heirlooms!!!

suitcaseofcourage said...

Really loved this post - it's so great you have such wonderful family heirlooms to share with us!

Debby said...

You are so fortunate to have such beautiful things from your family! I love the roses on the needlepoint seat. I bet each of your pieces here has a wonderful story attached to it, that would make a wonderful book!

Devorah said...

Thank you for sharing your family's talents. What wonderful memories to have and hold.

hege said...

How beautiful! I just love seeing old needlework, how lucky you are to have these treasures.