Monday, 26 December 2011

Christmas presents and a piece of history

When my mother moved into a nursing home about twenty years ago, we found a tablecloth which she had partially embroidered before sh was married and had never completed.  The threads were all still there with the cloth so I brought it home thinking one day I would complete it!  that was wishful thinking, but finally my sister took it to a specialist on the Sunshine Coast who suggested she cut out the two completed corners and frame them.  Here is the result, now hanging on my kitchen wall - a reminder of my mother every day!

Barb also added this cushion cover to the present - she made it up from a panel we did in a workshop with Lesley Riley earlier in the year at Textile Fibre Festival in Brisbane.

This is hard to see in the photo, but the buttons she added for the closure are enamelled and I seem to remember they were in Mum's button collection.  Buttons were never thrown out, they were unpicked and saved for future use.  We divided the collection between us when we packed up the house, and I have contunued to save buttons as well.
I hope you all had a very happy day yesterday.  We had a lovely time with our family, the weather was perfect, sunny and not too hot.  We even came home mid afternoon and had a snooze for a while without even needing the airconditioning on in our bedroom - the first time I remember that for many years.
Today I plan to do some stitching, listening to the cricket, then maybe relaxing with a book.


  1. What a lovely bit of history, and done so nicely. glad you had a good day.

  2. A lovely way to preserve the memory.

  3. Sounds like the perfect Christmas to me Robin. I love what your sister has done with your Mum's needlework and the fabric collage she made too. You are obviously a talented family. I have masses of buttons, mostly quite boring ones but the occassional treasure, inherited from my mother and grandmother. I can't throw them away either.
    Enjoy your day.

  4. Lovely story Robin and such a lovely thing to do and treasure...hope your in good health and have enjoyed the holiday season so far.

  5. What a wonderful idea to frame the embroidery, it looks perfect. I also love the panel your sister made for you. The button looks lovely too, and I seem to think I've seen some similar. I, too, have heaps of buttons picked off anything and everything. It was the done thing, although I have to say, I still do it too...........

    Your Christmas day sounded perfect. Our's was lovely, not too much to eat, or drink, as we had to drive home. It was rather hot here though, as was yesterday. A little cooler this morning. Not much time off here, work as usual. Cheers for now.


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