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'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
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Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I have posted about vintage handkerchiefs a while back......

and found that many of you love them as much as I.
 
I remember, as a child, watching ladies reaching into their handbags to pull out a beautiful handkerchief.............
I have collected a few over the years......some vibrant in print..........

others delicately embroidered.......
I love them all.

If you remember, a couple of posts back,  I posted about stitching small embroidery designs just for the love of stitching and getting small pieces done.........
I decided to turn some of my small embroidery into handkerchiefs!
 Do you like this idea?

So many times, when I am walking out in the Texas heat, or in a crowded, slightly air conditioned market..........a paper Kleenex does not last long when dabbing my face or neck.
This little hankie will take me a lot further............
They don't tear and stick to your skin like paper tissue.
I love small basket designs............
 

so many colors can be used to get a great effect.
 

I also embroidered a small design in the opposite corner.

Smaller, but still pretty.

So now, I have a handful of "homemade and hand stitched" handkerchiefs.
They fit perfectly in my back pocket if I am out in the garden heat...........

and they fit perfectly, tucked inside of a small bag, ready to use when I am out and about in town.
How about you?
I know you love vintage hankies............have you ever wanted to have some newly stiched  of your own to use?
I would love to hear.


18 comments:

Betty Lou said...

A lovely way to add a touch of beauty to your everyday life.

Bren said...

You have struck a cord with me about vintage handkerchiefs. I have about a dozen my mom gave me and have been saving them to "craft" with, but haven't come across anything in particular that touches me. Your work is beautiful & thank you for sharing it with us.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have several embroidered hankies that belonged to my grandmother. I remember carrying hankies when I was a kid. I have to admit that I haven't given any thought to embroidering them now. Yours are beautiful.

lil red hen said...

Beautiful, Kathleen! I'd never take one of these to the flower garden though. I want to know, do you do the drawn work too?

Preeti said...

Beautiful Embroidery!

I had earlier seen dolls vintage dresses made out of vintage hankerchiefs. Not sure, if you might have seen it, but here is a link for the book.

http://www.hankiecouture.com/news_book.php

Nicola said...

They are exquisite. Your post has brought back memories of my grandmother who always had beautifully embroidered handkerchiefs in her handbag or tucked up her sleeve.

Cindy said...

This is a very good idea, though I don't know if I could take such a beautiful hankie into the garden. I just love your embroidery and working on smaller items is sometimes a nice break from projects that take so long. I've been doing a few small cross stitch projects.

Melody said...

Oh Kathleen, you have been one busy gal! They are beautiful. but I am partial to hand-embroidery you know.
Thanks for joining the ECS Cottage Craft Room Party!

Marie said...

Just gorgeous!!! What a clever person you are! :-)

Tammy said...

I would love to make something like that, but would be so afraid to use it. I bought some cotton napkins around Christmas time, intending to embroider something on them, but so far have been afraid to try. My stitching skills aren't the greatest. I had a good time buying a bunch of pretty hankies several years ago at an antique shop in Ohio. Your work is always so pretty. Wishing you a great week. Tammy

seanymph said...

I have several from my mom and grandmom. I was going to use them as a valance over the 3 windows in my laundry room so I could see them all the time. But I dont have enough of the floral ones I love. I like your idea.....and maybe Ill do this to some of the plain ones I have here to add to that.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Love all your sweet, pretty hankies! I love them and collect them, too. I remember my grandmothers always having a pretty hanky in a pocket, up a sleeve or somewhere close. I think it is those memories that draw me to them.
There are so many wonderful ways to display them and use them, too!

Celestina Marie said...

Your collection and wonderful. I also love sweet and delicate hankies and have a collection too. Many my grandmother and mother stitched. I also have my dad's hankerchiefs some with his inital for suit pocket and the rest are plain, just waiting for me to do some embroidery.
Thank you for sharing your pretty hankies. Yes, they are very handy in our Texas heat.

Have a great week.
XO Celestina Marie

Sherry said...

I too love old hankies. I remember my Great-Grandfather using them.
Sherry

janice15 said...

O I just love this...love the basket all to much....I just crocheted a hanky holder to wear on your wrist but You can hold it in your purse...great post...thank you for sharing it...with love Janice

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I have quite a little collection of hankies too, maybe 20 of them. They are so pretty. So much nicer than a plain white kleenex, don't you think? Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, I'm glad you stopped by!
Hugs,
Julie

Bev said...

I have a hankie...given to me when I was a little girl. A blind man who went to our church when I was little...became my friend. He always brought me gifts...one being a handkerchief. I still have it. Thanks for the reminder!!

ina said...

These hankies are pretty.You're really creative!