Friday, August 28, 2009

SHOW & TELL #11 - Embroidery

Friday is Show & Tell time at Kelli's. I always enjoy sharing something of mine. Some times new, sometimes old!! Today it is something old.

This is a pair of pillow cases that I embroidered MANY years ago.
I began embroidering at the age of 8 when my parents gave me a sewing box, embroidery hoop, needles, thread and a very simple pattern for my birthday.
I took right to it and loved it and spent many, many pleasant hours embroidering various pieces. As I got older I added counted cross-stitching to my joys.
I wish I could tell you the exact age of this pair of pillow cases but I honestly don't remember exactly when I did them but I know it has to be at least 35 to 40 years ago.
As you can tell, they are in almost perfect condition. Although I did use them once in awhile I have mostly preserve them to be handed down to my children.
Thanks for letting me share yet a little bit more of me and mine with you.
If you have the time, please read the post below on Why I'm Proud To Be An "Okie".

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Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

These are very sweet! How wonderful that you have such a talent !
Thanks for sharing and have a fab day!

Carla said...

Neat! I have fond memories of needleworking with my grandma, and recently, sleeping on some of her 'His' 'Hers' pillowcases, I just had to smile! What a cute pattern this one is:)

Momma Roar said...

Very beautiful and what special pieces to be handed down! :)

~Ginger said...

I loved to embroider when I was young. The pillow cases are so cute!!! I still have a set from my grandmother that she crocheted many, many years ago. They have never been used. I gave one set to Lindsey and now I'm going to give the other set to my niece who is newly engaged. I think me brother will be touched to know his daughter has this piece of our grandmother that we loved so much.

I love that you shared this, Susan.

Oh, I posted today believe it or not. Stop by and read when you can.

Sister.Faith said...

Those are wonderful Susan. I think I would have to have them framed to show off.

Susan B said...

Very cute pillowcases! And lovely treasures to hand down to your children. Thank you for sharing them.

Leann said...

What sweet pillow slips. I love them! I'm a lover and collector of vintage linens.

Please stop by The Old Parsonage anytime, I love company!


Mrs.T said...

Very, very cute! I have never seen any just like these. I started embroidering much later in life than you (my early 20s) but I have had so much enjoyment from it and from counted cross stitch as well. I will never forget the dear lady who encouraged me to take up needlework. It has been such a blessing in my life. I encouraged my own kids (and now grandkids) to start young.

It's so neat that we posted on the same topic today. Thanks for sharing... and for stopping by my kitchen table too.

God bless,

Joy said...

They are so pretty. Glad you still have them.


marie said...

Your pillowcases are wonderful ~ I just love all the bright colors and the design is so cute. Thanks so much for sharing them!!

Tracey said...

Those are beautiful! Both of my girls would love to learn how to do that but, unfortunately, I'm not too handy with those type of crafts!

michelle said...

Those are so cute! You did a wonderful job of keeping them so nice all this time.

diana said...

what a beautiful piece of stitchery. and how nice that you've kept it all these years and it's in great shape.

i learned to embroider, too, when i was young. i remember all kinds of stitches. i haven't done it since i was a teenager. i took up counted cross stitch too as a young adult. only did it for a few years but i enjoyed it a lot.

have a great weekend.

Maxine said...

Absolutely adorable. They bring back such memories here. I think I was in seventh grade when we had embroidery in home ec and I loved it. Unfortunately though, I didn't keep it up. I wish more parents today would give gifts like that. Needlework is such a character building and calming activity for young people. It's hard to get them interested now because of the electronical world we're in.

That gift is going to be some heirloom for someone.

Kathy said...

Those are prized possessions, Susan! They're beautiful, and reflect your love and honor of family. Thank you for sharing those with us!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Those are absolutely precious...priceless! I love them!

Pam said...

Oh ther are so sweet! Looking at them reminds me of my Aunt Tommie! She has alwasy done embroidery. Every Christmas I recieve pot holders or dishtowels with her work on it. I need to get back on track and join y'all for Friday Show and Tell. I could then show off some of my Aunt Tommie's work!

Deb said...

Susan, thank you for your kind comment on my blog! I just find spiders so interstng and have always loved seeing them in my gardens.
I also LOVE your pillowcases! I cross stitch, but mostly in the winter. My grandmother taught me how to do needlework when I was little too:) Thanks for visiting!

Brenda said...

Those are so cute.
I enjoy doing counted cross stitch although I haven't done one in years. Maybe I'll pick it up again someday.

Vivianna said...

What lovely pillowcases. And to think of the history that goes along with them... what great keepsakes for your children.

Thank you for sharing.

Gattina said...

I couldn't do that ! I have no patience at all, lol !

Crystal said...

I too learned to embroider as a young girl! I need to pick it up again. Your pieces are lovely - and a great treasure for your family to have. Happy Weekend!

The Things We Carried said...


I love embroidery and did some when I was young too. My new DIL (who I adore!) received a very similar pair of these from her grand mother at a pre-wedding dinner. They were given to her grandmother on the occasion of her wedding.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Susan,
You did a wonderful job on the embroidering. I use to do some but have not touched in a long while.
I hope you and your hubby are doing well.

MightyMom said...

and did you give them to your Pop and MOm??

loveley darling

Lora said...

I love embroidery~I'm just not very good at it:)
Thanks for stopping by for my show & tell, too!