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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Linen Treasures Found!

Here are some of my new Treasures!!!

Above: hand embroidered pillowcases with crochted trim

I never did tell you all about the beautiful linens I found on my last trip to California a couple of weeks ago. And boy did I find some nice things. (Pasadena, and the surrounding area, is full of very old homes and have the greatest estate sales. In addition, I have a friend who knows what I'm looking for and helps find them for me- What a sweet heart!) I was able to find over 100 pounds of linens that I shipped back in three boxes. Here's just a sampling. Keep in mind that these are all wrinkled and have not been laundered. I'll get them ready for sale by the end of August (I hope!)

The greyish/blue tapestry is so beautiful! I'm not sure if I'm selling that one or not. I think it will make an adorable foot-stool or pillow. But sometimes I'm all bark and no bite and it ends up for sale.

I love this "Good Morning" red work pillow dust cover. It's embroidered with a small child who is just awakening to a beautiful morning.

One of the things I love about embroidered linens, is that there are all kinds of items that people used to enhance with embroidery. In the picture above there's a brush and comb holder, a light weight baby blanket, and of course, that beautiful pillow dust cover.

Some of my favorite designs include Southern Belles, Bluebirds and animals. I always get so excited when I find linens embroidered with these designs.

I don't usually collect yellow or orange items. I'm not sure why, I just don't seem to be drawn to them, but this Daisy Doily was just to cute and differnt to pass up. It will be adorable once it's washed and lightly startched to hold those cute daisy petals in shape.

There are so many more items that I could share, but I think that would get a little boring. I'm just tickled with my finding and couldn't keep it to myself and had to share with you. I hope you enjoyed it.


Patricia :o)


Kathleen Grace said...

I just love the vintage embroidered linens you find! I always look fro them at yard and estate sales and found some pretty things just this morning. I never get bored seeing what you find!

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Oh my ~ you sure did find a treasure trove, didn't you? I adore those tapestry pieces. So rich and textured. And I really like that little bluebird piece as well. What fun!


Vintage to Victorian said...

I've just come across your blog by searching for people with an interest in vintage linens! What lovely finds.

Shall pop back again!

LouAnne said...

Wow! What a treasure trove you have there. My Mum used to live in that area; wouldn't it be hysterical if some of the things she embroidered are amonst what you and your friend found? She used to embroider gifts constantly for people. By the time my girls were interested, she had pretty much stopped embroidering. Not sure if her hands gave out or she lost interest. I think my eldest daughter who is 46 now received a pair of pillowcases for her wedding. That's the last I recall. I'm trying to carry on her addition and I love the old designs.

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Hold on I'm coming right over, do you know how crazy I am about linens? I also love to wash and iron them. Can you believe women had time to do all this beautiful work, back then. Every piece I buy I think about the lady that made it and how she pampered her family. Women must of put some of their linens up for special occasion, because most are in such good condition. I'm the opposite, I love using it everyday. Can't wait to see them when you get them ironed, just don't let me buy any. Hugs, RoseMarie

Vintage Arts by Gloria said...

I love old linens too! Especially thr embroidered ones! Being a sewer, I appreciate all the time that went into it too! You have some real beauties.
Thank you so much for your comments on my blog.It amazes me when kind people like you take time out of a busy life to wish others well. And I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who loves dogs so much! Thank you again sweetie! Now on to look at your ebay! Gloria

Domestically Inclined said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

bee'nme said...

OK Patricia - you've got me drooling here - what a lovely pile of gorgeous goodness!! I can't even fathom 100 lbs. of this - wow!! It's all so very beautiful - each one is rare gem made with love by someone long ago...I always want to honor the hard work these gals did, so I can hardly pass them up when I run across them...

I will NEVER tire of seing photos of your treasures - the more the merrier!!! Have fun fluffing them up and deciding what to keep and what to sell :o)

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh Patricia- those are ALL so beautiful! I especially love the southern belles. I would love to see what you could do with the green tapestry piece, too! I see so many possibilities, I would have a hard time selling any of them! Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Just found your site and enjoyed every part of it. I have a collection of antique linens, mostly family pieces. I agree with you about the way they make a room special.

A thought on your recent scarey episode with your heart: I have recently learned and read about magnesium deficiency, the single most common one in the USA, and most often overlooked, which can cause such symptoms. You might do a little research in natural health books such as those written by Drs. Murray & Pizzorno of Bastyr University in Seattle (Encyclopedia of Natural Health for example, a treasure trove of helpful insights.)

Will bookmark your site!

Blessings . . .


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

100 pounds!!!!!!!!!!! That is a lot of stuff! Linens are getting harder to come by around here. Maybe I need a trip south! :) Glad your trip was worth while for you. They are remarkable pieces, especially the redwork - OMG!


toothfairy said...

Just visited you for the first time. Oh the lovely things you find! I think the artwork on old linens is so beautiful. Makes me wish I had the time to learn all the stitches they used to do. When you find an item you collect it just makes your day doesn't it. I'll be back again soon to visit. Jan@daylilylane

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Oh, you had my heart racing with such beautiful finds! It would be hard for me to sell them! Have yourself a wonderful holiday weekend, blessings, Kathleen

Domestically Inclined said...

Are you feeling better yet?

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Yes! I'm feeling much better and haven't had any weird heart episodes since that one day. Thank you so much for asking!
Patricia :o)

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Patricia

I've just been looking at your blog again - whilst you've been looking at mine! This blogworld we live in is great, isn't it. Thanks for your lovely comments re the car (and the bees!).


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Patricia!
Thank you so much for entering my giveaway and advertising it on your site! You are entered twice!
I love your site and you make the prettiest tea cozies I have EVER seen! You find some very lovely linens. I love old linens and the look they give.
Good luck in my drawing! and thanks!
Hugs, Sherry

Devonia said...

Patricia, I crave, lust for these lovely linens. I'm not lucky at finding linens that aren't all spotted up and I search, I search. Yours are exquisite! My bests, Devonia

Dani said...

Wonderful discoveries! I just adore lovely vintage linens and we have good sales here too on I do lots of embroidery myself. I remember my grandmother doing her "fancy work".

Dolly said...

Wow Patricia you struck gold girl!
Oh La La...... I would love love love to be able to find such goodies here!

Thanks for shareing!
I love vintage linens!

Adding you to my favs!


Joy said...

I just love embroidery like this. I remember my Grandma made many things like this. Especially pillowcases and quilt tops.

Karen said...

Just stunning! It's like Christmas isn't it? opening boxes of linen treasures :)

Karen at Ciderantiques

pamscottieboy said...

HOLY SMOKES, you found great linens! I'm drooling as I'm dripping. What happened with your heart??? I'm SO out of the loop