Thursday, December 6, 2012

mend and make do

(I took these pictures yesterday 
it was a sunny day believe it or not!
winter light is tricky at best)

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a stack of teabag papers
and you know me well - to know it is one of my favorite things


just one of the things I love:
stitching on them


this was a whitework embroidery vanity cloth of my grandmothers
unfortunately, there were many tears and stains 
but they mend beautifully with teabag paper patches and sashiko stitching


they were stashed in a stack of old mending ...
... now they are individual wall hangings


(on Etsy)

18 comments:

Sue said...

They are BEAUTIFUL!

Yvonne said...

Beautiful! Those were the days when we mended and/or repaired everything.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Mmmmmm beautiful. xox

Becca said...

Oh how beautiful and such a wonderful memory of your grandmother! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration during these gray days!

amy of four corners design said...

so delicate - I love the tones and the textures

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

What a wonderful idea to make them into wall hangings. So very beautiful! Have a great weekend. Tammy

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Wow! Absolutely exquisite Kimmie. I'm a sucker for anything that showcases old textiles, but these pieces really are spectacular!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You do so beautiful work. Very impressive, especially since I love recycled art.

Dawnelia said...

that's a very pretty cloth!

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~*~Patty S said...

so lovely Kimmie
I raise my cup (and tea bags) to you :)
oxo

sukipoet said...

charming and inventive.

*jean* said...

oh kim, these are just magical!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I just popped over to catch up and loved those foggy and frosty photos... so wonderful... and I love orange smells all year round, though they are more wintery so I don't associate them with Christmas... for us christmas smells like mangoes and watermelon...
and those wall hangings... stunning... such a pleasure to catch up on your wonderfulness
T xx

Caterina Giglio said...

just wonderful, and I do understand about the sun, I have been waiting all week for a spot of sunlight!

JoZart said...

Such treasure sensitively restored and preserved artistically. Wonderful.
Popped in to say that the Lueneburer Pilsner is one of the best beers I've tasted. The Maeltzer really is a special place I always visit when I am over there. Thanks for your comment and you've spurred me to save T bags now!
Jo x

Rita said...

Wonderful way to add your own touch without losing anything of your grandmother. :)

Lorraine said...

what a lovely post and great idea to stitch on teabag papers...I usually stamp on them for a vintage look

Katie said...

so beautiful.