Friday, 29 January 2016

Five on Friday - Needlework

Hello

How can it be Friday again? Nevertheless here we are joining in with Amy with another Five, hope your week has been Fab.

I know all you stitchers out there will appreciate all the hard work, time and wonderfulness employed in creating the five handmade masterpieces below. None of which have been made by me!

One  - Filet Lace Tablecloth

One of the earliest forms of lace making following on from the production of fishing nets, filet lace instructions were included in the first pattern books, even as early as 1587. Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed making filet lace and was an accomplished needle woman.  If you'd like to know more about the stitches, have a look at this website.




Two - Lace and Cross stitch

I love the colours of embroidery silks and the teeny, tiny cross stitches.


Three - Lace Edging

Worked on the edge of a white tablecloth, the lace makes it look extra special and makes the cloth hang nicely.


Four - Curtains

Here's a pair of hand made curtains, all hand knotted, must have taken ages.


Five - Embroidered Cloths

Fabulous colours on both, the second one is machine stitched.



If you are interested in needlework, you might be interested to know that the National Needlework Archive is held in Newbury Berkshire, somewhere I have yet to visit even though I believe they have a cafe which may or may not have cheese scones. Investigation needed.

Have a great week.

Cheerio

42 comments:

  1. What beautiful embroidery. You probably need the patience of a saint to be any good at that type of intricate work..the best I can manage is simple cross stitch. Have a lovely weekend. Barbara x

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  2. Beautiful, intricate work. Like you I have a collection of items decorated with lace and embroidery, but do not use them apart from table cloths, but I'm full of admiration for anyone who worked on such beautiful pieces.

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  3. Beautiful! I so admire people who can sew and embroider. I have several table and tray cloths done by my aunt who was so good with her needle. I have a couple of Nottingham Lace cloths too but I expect they were machine made:)

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    1. They're nice to look at and appreciate aren't they. :-)

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  4. Such beautiful work I love all types of needlework and have tried most, I remember my Syrian MIL giving me a roll of lace edging she had crocheted for me to sew onto my sheets! I have to say it never happened but I did appreciate all the work that had gone into the making of it. I would love to visit that Needlework archive, I'm sure they will have a cheese scone or two. :)

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    1. We're all dashing about these days and don't take on such things do we, lovely to have received the present. :-)

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  5. I echo what the others have said - beautiful and I admire anyone who can carry out such intricate detailed work. Visiting from 5 on Fri. Have a good weekend.

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  6. Beautiful work and made by such talented people. Funny you should mention the Needlework archive, it is based at Greenham Common (Newbury) I believe and as it is not far from me I was thinking about going one day very soon. xx

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    1. You'll have to let me know what it's like :-)

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  7. Beautiful work! Those need talent and patience.

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  8. I love embroidery but have only dabbled at it myself. I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2016/01/tea-time-operation-and-snow-12916.html

    Colletta

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  9. I love embroidery, it's so delicate and beautiful. I also love lace and had it for my wedding dress long before it was fashionable. A lovely five Karen, have a lovely weekend xx

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  10. I did not know about the national needlework archive, am very interested to go and see that and bonus if there is a café! So much of what you have shared today reminds me of my childhood and my grandmother making similar edges and curtains Very nostalgic for me x

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  11. These are so pretty and intricate. I cannot imagine having the patience to knot a pair of curtains by hand! The Needlework Archive sounds well worth a visit, and cheese scones would be a bonus.
    Cathy x

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    1. I'm sure I'll get there one day to see what it's like. :-)

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  12. WOW! They are all so, so beautiful!!!! I love them so much, and really appreciate your share.

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  13. Your needlework collection is stunning. I always admire this type of long ago handwork. If I lived nearby, I'd love to go to the Needlework Archive and have a cheese scone! Sounds like a wonderful, fun outing. Be safe this weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  14. What wonderfully beautiful pieces!!! I know of the needlework archive, but haven't found out when it is open, you will have to let us know! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, happy weekend! xx

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    1. It looks like 10-4 Tuesday to Thursday plus a few other complications! x

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    2. The complications sound complicated...

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  15. Loved your post this week, love lace and crocheted edging.

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  16. Such beautiful pieces - I just love vintage needlework - and imagining who created it and the hours involved. It would be wonderful to go to the museum and the cheese scones are the perfect bait! xx

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  17. Truly beautiful works of art!! Oh to have patience (& time) to do needlework like this. ;) Maybe one day when I'm an old retired woman and my kiddos are grown.

    Love it! thanks for sharing - and you'll have to share if you get to that museum. Blessings for a lovely weekend!xoxo

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  18. I do love handwork of any kind and those are some excellent examples.

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  19. Those are beautiful and I am one who can appreciate but not create them! Lovely...

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    1. I know what you mean, it would take me ages!

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  20. Hi, I loved reading your post, I love all forms of needlework, my mother taught me. If you have had a rummage over on my blog you may have seen what I'm doing with clay and crochet doilys. I also loved the photos from your walk.
    Jill

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  21. Those embroidered cloths are just beautiful - and remind me so much of my childhood. Happy days! :)

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  22. Beautiful handwork. I so enjoy seeing the patient work done by others. I feel less patient, although I do enjoy embroidery and sewing as well.

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