Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vintage Kitchen Linens

What vintage thingie did I find around the house this week?

My Great Grandmother's kitchen linens. Made from flour sacks
and she embroidered on them.
Here is just a quick sample.

If you did not see my Tuesday post, here is a towel I am using as a runner
on my Hoosier cabinet. Love the blue birds she made for the towel.
Hand stitched with love

There were more I found in the drawer of my cabinet

perfect for my kitchen, HOT DISHES with pink!

Salt and Pepper


I know I have some more with creamers and sugars
And I have given some away to my Mom's cousins. I thought it was
important that they had them because they were made by
their Grandmother.

Different stitches, different colors.
Some pinks, blues, yellows and reds.
If I saw these out antique shopping, I would have to
scoop them up and buy them.
My theme is to keep shopping my house and see
what treasures I can rediscover.
Do you have treasures hidden you need to rediscover in your home?


25 comments:

LV said...

Nothing finer or more meaningful than things made by our ancestors hand. Real treasures you have. I have so many linens that were made by family members long gone now.

Trisha said...

These are wonderful in so many ways! What a speacial thing to have and treasure!

~Trisha

Nani said...

That family link makes it all the more special. They are sweet and yes, if I saw them while shopping, I'D want to snatch them up too!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Oh, it's so special to have things made by ancestors! I love that first one with the bluebirds.
I have a buffet full of lovelies made by some of the women in my life! And, of course, use them from time to time.
(popping in from Vintage Thingie Thursday!)

Sarah ~ Magnolia's Attic said...

Oops! I was logged in as my other self and didn't notice it! Here's my vintage self who was over at Colorado Lady's blog!!
: )

Ann said...

Theres no telling what we can find in the bottom of those shelves. Love your towels, so neat to own these.
Ann

Tete said...

Love the stitching from your grandma's hands. So sweet!
My grandma, mom and I all stitched things like these and I found only a few when grandma died. She ridded out things so no one would have to deal with all of the junk.
;(

Gail said...

What a beautiful treasure to have those vintage kitchen linens that your grandmother stitched. I only wish I had my grandmother's linens that she did many many years ago. Thanks for sharing Ann and enjoy your day, Gail

GardenofDaisies said...

I loved that birdie towel when I saw it the other day! and these other embroidered pieces are wonderful as well. I'm so glad that you kept these, and shared some with your cousins. I have some beautiful embroidered pieces made by my Grandma too.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I love this post, everything is so charming. I adore the blue bird towel, so sweet. And I found linens, that were either my mother's or her mother's, with embroidered tea pot and cups too. So much fun!

Happy VTT!

c. Joy said...

The blue birds are so cute. That would be a nice quilt block. I have lots of treasures in my house. I using this time (we're empty nesters now) to sort through them and use them. I figure if I don't use what I own, it owns me.

Debbie said...

Oh how neat! I love these! I have some from my grandma too. They hang on a rack at the end of my butcher block. So nice you shared them with family.
xxoo

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh my goodness ... is that your garden in your header photo? Beautiful! I love your vintage linens. I'm your newest follower.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Embroidered towels tug at me more than any other handwork. They are the homiest and most personal thing. Don't you think? I always pick them up too. So special that you have your Gramma's

Rebecca said...

Those are so neat!!!! I agree with shopping at home-I need to do more of that-but I can't get to things!!!!

DearHelenHartman said...

Isn't it sweet to hold the things your family once held? Of all my vintage goodies, the ones made by or saved by my mom and grandmothers are the best. Love your linens!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Ann, I love to rediscover unused items around the house. You have some special treasures here. All the hand work is to be treasured and you are a special person to give some to your family members to be shared. My MIL does this work and I love to see all the pretty patterns she comes up with. Lovely post.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a treasure of a collection of family linens! People don't hand embroider them any more. A wonderful collection! Thanks for sharing!
Ruth

Shelia said...

Hi Ann! Oh, what a treasure of lovely linens from your grandmother! I dearly adore those blue birds and would love to copy them! :) She was very talented with her dainty fingers! :) My grandmother did this sort of thing too and crocheted. I don't have any little kitchen towels but do have some doilies and a bedspread she crocheted!
thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cozy Little House said...

I adore the bluebirds!
Brenda

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Hello,
Just stopped by to say thank you for stopping by my blog. I just signed up to follow you:)
Can I tell you, your Greta is gorgeous!!!!WOW!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Hello,
Just stopped by to say thank you for stopping by my blog. I just signed up to follow you:)
Can I tell you, your Greta is gorgeous!!!!WOW!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Pam said...

It's so great that you have all that stuff from your family. Love the hot dishes towel. Very cute!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh I love sweet linens like this! Those birds are so precious!!

Love the pretty picture of yours for the header. I collect watering cans too!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I am fascinated how the blue birds were made with just strips of cloth. Love that!