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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?

10 comments:

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.
Bev.

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!
*hugs*deb

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