Recycled antique tablecloths and linens
Anyway I happily obliged and one of the items they used was my suggestion for making an antique style garland for summer using recycled vintage linens. Now, I love bunting and when I can use the most gorgeous hand embroidered table and tray cloths, which could easily be about a hundred years old, then it really makes my heart sing! The Edwardian tablecloth I repurposed for this batch had huge holes in the middle, the most used area on a table, and partly disintegrated in the wash! However, careful cutting and application of iron-on interfacing meant I had more than enough to use.
At this point I should point out that the published photo of me is about ten years old. However, they needed one of me by myself and like all Mums the only other pictures I'm in also feature the children. It seems rather egotistical to ask someone to take snaps of just me, but I might have to add this to my 'to do' list!
It seems I'm not the only one in love with vintage linen as this project was also featured in the July 2013 issue of Reloved Magazine.
Ready to be stitched onto tape
The edge of the lawn looks pretty dry, but hey it's summer (At last!)
Keep an eye out for similar old linens and create your own new heirloom xx