I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

Sharing a common thread with those who love the art of hand embroidery

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I have added the extra touches to the pillowcases

that I posted about last week.
(click onto photos for a better view)
I added a lace trim and a bottom floral print edge..........

I was going to crochet the trim.........but this lace looks like hand crochet........don't you think?

Now the pillowcases have a cottage/nostalgic look to them............
what do you think?

As many of you know........I love Homer Laughlin dishware. My favorite is from my grandmother's dishes........... Virginia Rose...........in which I only have a sugar bowl(missing it's lid) , and two teacups. I have found little dessert plates and 1 small saucer.  I have loved this pattern since way back and I can't remember when.
I wondered if there were ever any dinner plates.

Yes...........there is!!  While rummaging through the dusty shelves of one of my favorite hang outs.......on the shelf were 4 dinner plates with the Virginia Rose pattern.
You can just imagine how I clung them to my chest and ran to the cashier!!

Isn't this the most beautiful pattern ever??

Now I have a wonderful set to serve my meals with! Oh yes, I am absolutely going to use them and cherish them!

Best of all............I have had these napkins...........stored away...........they still have the tags on them.
They are edged in a coral color.
I have never embroidered on them, because I felt that maybe one day, I might find the perfect dishes to go with them.............. and I could embroider a matching design...............

Now I am going to incorporate this pattern into a embroidery design for my napkins.
I think I will make a spray of the flowers............
maybe on the corners.................or should I embroider the centers??
what do you think??
I would love to hear!


lil red hen said...

A wonderful addition to the pillowcases. I'm also a collector of Homer Laughlin china! I have several pieces in the pattern you showed but not a complete set. I simply love the feel of old china. I have my mother's Homer Laughlin set in a different pattern.

I think I would embroider a design in the corner of the napkins; wouldn't it be seen more? But whatever you do will be beautiful I know.

janice15 said...

Boy you and I are in love with Hommer Laughlin dishes he has so many patterns I'm now collecting this Arcadia pattern I just love love it...The pieces you found are just beautiful can't wait to the napkins ...have a great
Wednesday with love Janice

Hindustanka said...

Hello!:) The pillowcases looks so sweet with poppies on them, may be a little nostalgic and very cute :)
I guess you could put those embroidered flowers in the center and add some small green leaves/vines embroidery in the corners.
have a great day!

KathyB. said...

Oh so beautifully done and your work is exquisite Kathleen. I know because I own some of your work. Embroidery is an art when done well, and unfortunately, an often unappreciated form of needlework art.

I love what you create with a needle, embroidery thread, and love.

Preeti said...

Your pillow covers have turned out nicely. And yes, I too thought that you crocheted the lace:) your dishware s beautiful! I think, the way you are going to fold the napkin decides where you should embroider so that it gets full view.

Cindy said...

That is one of the prettiest china patterns I have ever seen! I don't have any fine china, but I would love something like that.
I'm sure your napkins will look beautiful with your dishes when finished. I would say the corners too.
The pillowcases turned out so nice. I think I have a crocheted trim just like that and I love it.

Marianne C. said...

Hello Kathleen, dear...

It's been a long time since I've come to visit...I apologize..so many things. But now I'm catching up.

The pillowcases are lovely, and I like the crocheted lace and material you added. Of your your embroidery is magnificent, as usual, and I look forward to visiting more often again.

Blessings for a wonderful day,
Marianne xox

Nicola said...

The crochet lace and material your added have made them even more beautiful, you are so creative. I feel your excitment at finding the plates, I would have been overjoyed.

Marie said...

Oh yes, Kathleen, the pillow cases are just perfect now! I love them! And your grandmother's dishes are beautiful! I am so glad you found those plates!

Sharon said...

I'll be on the lookout for Virginia Rose dishes for you, Kathleen. I have a set of Hommer Laughlin dishes too.

Joanne said...

I think a lace trim sets pillowcases off to perfection. Good choice. Your china is very pretty too.