The huge table cloth pictured below is just one of the kinds of things done by hand~yes that's right~this piece is done by hand!!
Isn't it amazing?! Can you just imagine the hours it took?!
I'm glad she took that time! It gives me a lot of pleasure~but I don't think as much pleasure as it gave her.
The sense of accomplishment pulse the usefulness...wow! I can only imagine.
As I look around my home and the homes of family and friends, I simply love to look at the things they or someone else made by hand or antiques and family heirlooms they have collected and treasure.
When you make things by hand there is so much more than time that goes into it~there are thoughts, wishes, hopes, dreams and most of all love!!
Honey's Aunt M. (who by the way is in her mid 80's), tells me she remembers the afternoon's when her mother, Grandmother and other's would gather in the afternoons for their embroidery group. They would talk and laugh and cry and work on the things for their homes and for gifts for others.
She said, "Oh, everyone knew how to do things like that. You had to. You couldn't just go out and buy it."
" It cost a lot and people just plain didn't have ten cents to spend on embroidery when it came down to the dime being put toward the meat you needed for dinner that cost twenty-five cents, or the embroidery piece you wanted to make~not when you only made $1.50 every two week's!!"
" So you walked to the store, bought the meat, went home and made your own pattern and went to work."
When Aunt M. was a teenager she made some things that she has given to us.
Below is one she made the pattern for, because she didn't have the pennies needed to buy stamped patterns at the "five & dime".
Aunt M. made dish towel sets when she was a teenager and for many years after, to give as gifts for wedding's, new neighbor's, old neighbors and family...
I've been known to have made a few sets of dish towels for gifts and trousseau's...I've made and worn out a few sets myself and it was time to make a new set...
I have embroidered for quite a few year's now and I still enjoy it. It seems like it goes in phases.
Then I decided I needed to get a Little more fancy and asked one of my sister's to please teach me how to do Brazilian Embroidery (Aunt M. called it wrapped embroidery).
And now that it seems the embroidery phase is lurking about, I have a yoke that needs some decorative touches...