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

Saturday, June 29, 2019

It is now finished!!

As most of you have read in my previous posts, many months and many hours of hand stitching went into creating this lovely set.  Now it is finished! 

 Lovely sprays of flowers in shades of blue, pink, and yellows have been lightly tinted with crayola, then hand embroidered with straight stitch, outline stitch, lazy daisies, and hundreds of French knots onto this square luncheon cloth.

The stems and leaves are embroidered in greens and browns to echo a pattern from a vintage plate that I have in my vintage shop.

The particular plate pattern is (Madison) from the C. C. Thompson Pottery company, which inspired me to create this set. Therefore, I have named this set " Madison"

The cotton luncheon cloth is off/white and has hand embroidered sprays of flowers along each side and on each corner.

A round medallion of flowers is in the center. The luncheon cloth has a hemmed edge.

Two large cotton off/white dinner napkins have the same design hand embroidered on one corner.
The cloth and the napkins were purchased new to be hand embroidered on.This is not a large tablecloth,  (luncheon cloth measures 33" X 32"dinner napkins measure 18" X 18" )but a small luncheon cloth perfect to be placed on a lunch table and perfect for the newlywed couple, ( I plan to sell this set in my vintage shop or my Etsy) 
I love the way this turned out...........and I am really happy with myself that I completed on more large project!
Now I feel as if I am in limbo........glad to be finished........but wondering what to start next............I always feel this way after completing a project. Do you ever feel that way? 
It seems that no matter what I do begin working on........it is always something that takes a while to finish. 

Even when it comes to cooking.  I have just made a wonderful tasting 30 Day Friendship Fruitcake.  Have you ever heard of this?  It does take 30 days to make the juice and fruit.  But it is so wonderful tasting and worth the effort.  I have the story and the recipe that goes with this cake if you want to give it a try.  Just click onto this link to my recipe blog
Friendship Fruitcake
So tell me.......as these hot summer days stretch on.........what are you keeping your hands busy with? I would love to hear!


Sandra said...

Such a wonderful collection of tablecloth, napkins and then the added china pieces. You worked beautiful stitches and the color choices are matched perfectly. I see this as a table setting to be used for Summer and into Autumn. This is not something that can be done overnight...I know you put many hours into stitching this lovely piece. I know we can't keep all our stitched projects; but I would think it would be hard to see this one leave your house...unless I guess you know that someone who get this special collection will truly enjoy and appreciate all your time and love put into it.

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful cloth with perfect stitches, you are one talented lady. I have come across the friendship cake before but I hadn't realised it took so long to mature.

Prims By The Water said...

Beautiful embroidery! My granmma B taught me how to do this and I made pillowcases. Your set is perfect with the dishes. I would never want to use them. I am currently working on witches for our Fall show. Finished up a witch pillow today. Janice

lil red hen said...

The cloth and napkins look like they could have been sold as a set with the dishes! You've certainly matched them perfectly! Beautiful!!

Anita said...

Yes I feel the same way when I finish a project. If I have nothing lined up before I finish...it turns into chaos in my house. Everyone runs for the hills because I start tearing the place up looking for wool and the next good pattern to knit. lol. Your tablecloth is beautiful and the stitching gorgeous. x

letslearnembroidery said...

This is a masterpiece