Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lazy Daisies and French Knots

One of my favorites to find at flea markets are bouquets of linens. Vintage cottons, and hand worked embroidery make my day. 

A bit of exquisite crochet work, or a tatted edge is like diamonds to me.

It's always a pleasure to give old things a soak and a pressing and bring them back to life.

What better way to spend a summer day?

This old cotton apron is every bit as soft as it looks. Sweet for a little girl, or simply hung in a breezy window.

 Wishing you sweet fresh bouquets of Summer days!
Ciao! for now!




  1. What beautiful vintage linens! I love them all...that pink crocheted flower on the pillow case is lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love hanging my linens on the line outside... but I must say, I've never been much for the ironing part.
    You make it sound like such a wonderful gift to be able to iron. Hmmm... makes me wonder.

    I guess soaking and ironing and tending to the lace is a hobby of yours, huh?

    We all have something I guess.

    Your pictures of your linens are beautiful

  3. Sooo beautiful! I love linens with crochet and embroidery. Your's are very pretty, especially the one with all the French knots! (I was never very good a making them.) We are enjoying summer here, finally! Have a great week. Pamela

  4. They are all so lovely! I enjoy collecting them as well. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

  5. Gorgeous linens!!! I love old linens and have a beautiful collection myself.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Pamela xo

  6. I love adding french knots to my samplers, they are easy but I am a little slow! I love the texture. Beautiful linens, Jacqueline!


  7. Love you of my favorite things.
    Hugs- Tete

  8. Oh my! These are exquisite! So charming and beautiful! I especially love the french knot grapes and then the adorable crochet edge in pastel pink, yellow, green, and blue! So sweet! What a cheery collection!

  9. Your vintage pieces are simply beautiful!

  10. Hi Jacqueline,

    These linens are just wonderful! I remember doing embroidery with french knots when I was a young girl, but I never did anything this lovely. You found some real treasures. I especially like the pillowcase with the lavender embroidery and trim, and the tablecloth with the french knots.

    I haven't been commenting on your posts lately because I have to sign out of my Google account, and then sign back in again. I wish Google would get that little glitch fixed. I still enjoy reading your posts and looking at your inspiring vignettes.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  11. Jacqueline, I love these darling embroidered linens! There is something so sweet and welcoming about them. Don't you just love their colors and fine detail. What will you do with them?

  12. So pretty Jacqueline! If I can ever find time to go to the flea market or yardsales I'm going to be looking for some of these!

  13. Hi Jacqueline,
    I love the stitching on the linen..absolutely beautiful..I just picked up two vintage hankies with the prettiest tatting around the edges. I love all things had much time and love went into each stitch.
    A lovely post!
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

  14. Jacqueline,
    I am fortunate to have some my grandmother's linens. When I get back to Florida I need to give them some loving care.

  15. Oh, how beautiful!! I love old linens! Beautiful needlework is definitely becoming a lost art and it is wonderful to get a glimpse into the past to see the time and care with which things were made. Thanks for sharing! Your photography is amazing as well!! :)

  16. Gosh, they are exquisite! Don't you wish they could tell us their history!! Your photographs are so lovely. When I wash and iron linens, I love the smell--reminds me of my childhood when my mom would do the wash and iron all day (not something that I do very often :) Thanks for visiting with me!

  17. What beautiful linens! I'm always a sucker for pretty linens. I've always liked making French knots too.

  18. OMG what beautiful linens - I especially love the french knots! Can you believe the hours of work it took to crochet, embroidery, tat those pieces. I too just can't resist to pick them up when I find them.

  19. Absolutely gorgeous linens. I love that lavender and white one especially.

  20. These are gorgeous! I collect pretty linens too.

  21. What beautiful handwork. That apron is precious!

  22. those are absolutely lovely - I have such a soft spot for embroidered pillow cases. reminds me of my grandmother's home, she always had embroidered pillow cases on the beds. wonderful finds!

  23. So beautiful Jacqueline! Your linens are just wonderful~ I love french knots on old linens too- they are so pretty! Thanks for linking up! :)

  24. These are so sweet, can you just imagine the amount of time ladies spent on these? I think it must have been very theraputic. Thanks so much for sharing these, JQ, xoxo Debra


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