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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!

Jacqueline






 

25 comments:

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

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  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
    Pat

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  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

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

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

    Pamela xo

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  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!

    XO,
    Jane

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

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  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!
    Kay

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  9. Your vintage pieces are simply beautiful!

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  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

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  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?
    Yvonne

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  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!

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  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 stitched..so much time and love went into each stitch.
    A lovely post!
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

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  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.
    Carol

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  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!! :)

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  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!

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

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  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.
    Terri

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

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

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  21. What beautiful handwork. That apron is precious!

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  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!

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  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! :)

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  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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