preservings

exploring, preserving: past, present


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Grandma’s Pillows

My mother’s mother was a very crafty lady. I’ve blogged about her stitchery with birds and fruit on tea towels before, but tonight I want to share the kind of stitchery she would do with pillows.

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Though this is clearly not to scale, it is another example of her picturing something in her mind and stitching it as she saw it.

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This pillow cover is my favourite one, because it also reminds me of the roses she kept in her garden. It turns out that my husband’s grandmother (mother’s side) was just as crafty. We received some early Christmas gifts this weekend from her, and I’m looking forward to sharing pictures of her work with you too.


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Chasing the Winnipeg Chill

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Scarves. Over 200 of them. Hand made, and free for the taking at Old Market Square in Winnipeg.

Chase the Chill is an annual event, and one that brings a smile to many in early December wintery weather.

For an awesome writeup on the event, go here.
To follow them on Facebook, go here.
To join the fun, start knitting or crocheting or saving up scarves for next year!


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Saturday Upside – More Closet Cleaning Treasures

I’ve written before about how Saturday cleaning time has helped me rediscover hidden treasures.

Today, I will share three more pictures of the gorgeous embroidery that my grandmother (Dad’s mother) did. All of this is still on old flour bags cut into tea towels. And again, all patterns were pictures in Grandma’s head, spilled out onto cloth in beautiful stitchery. In a set of seven fruit-themed tea towels, I ended up with three:

Oranges

Oranges


All tea towels in the set had central multiple-fruit embroidery, surrounded by single fruits and a scalloped black edge on the bottom for framing.

Pears

Pears

My favourite of the three I have are the strawberries. The French knots are so incredibly tiny, and perfectly placed, to represent the seeds.

Strawberries

Strawberries

These tea towels, and the tea towels in my other post, were all done by my grandmother in the late 1970s. I am taking them all to a framing shop this week to preserve them!

Love finding forgotten treasures – the upside to Saturday cleaning!

Join Bonnie at Recipes Happen and others every Saturday as we find the upsides in everyday life.