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'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

I have been wanting to make hand embroidered place mats

to decorate the table in my vintage shop.
But it will take me weeks to  months to get them finished.
So I came up with a great solution to use until I do get them finished. 
I got out all of my vintage dresser scarves.......the really pretty and heavily embroidered ones........

like this..........

I pressed them............

then folded them in the middle to make them 
place mat size 

I put a pretty vintage tablecloth onto the table, and then the folded dresser scarves.......
and look!
Don't they look just like place mats?

I then placed vintage dishes onto the scarves......
some are sets 

some are mix and match.

I also placed vintage tea cups and saucers.......

vintage hand embroidered napkins and vintage silverware to accommodate the plates. 

To finish it all off, I placed a vintage bowl, candle holder, vase, relish dish , butter dish top, gravy bowl, and salt and pepper shakers in the middle. 

And now this is how the vintage table looks
in my vintage shop.
(click onto photo for a better view)

Also, I placed my vintage chairs with the hand cross stitched backs around the table. 
It all looks inviting.........just waiting for the food and guests to arrive!
Won't you come?


lil red hen said...

Kathleen, that's a very clever idea! They're beautiful! So much detail in the work; wish I could do such good work.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I just love all your linens and tea cups and all things pretty. I wish that I could visit your shop. You did a wonderful job setting up your table.

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

Just so lovely, having a cup of coffee at the moment, so I did enjoy your post today.

Happy days.

Shami Immanuel said...

Great idea. I love all the placemats and the plates, cups and saucers. I am also dreaming of making embroidered placemats or tablecloths.

Gina E. said...

Ah Kathleen, that looks so charming. You are such a creative soul :-)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kathleen, Your creations and ideas for placemats are wonderful. The linens are amazing and so cottage pretty.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Hugs and Blessings~
p.s. I just love your blog background and have these Waverly curtains in a guest bedroom.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a creative idea! You've made a darling cottage table setting. Looks amazing!

Lady Linda said...

So cute and yes, I would LOVE to come. I enjoyed your blog your blog very much. Great post. All the things I love. Very clever idea too.

Marie said...

LOVE the dresser scarves/placemats! That was a great idea!

janice15 said...

O very sweet Kathleen.. great Idea. I have missed my visits with you.. thank you with love Janice