Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vintage Tablecloths, Embroidered Runner, Old Buttons, Dried Lavender - all together

I had purchased some tablecloths recently & they have quite the provenance.  These tablecloths were purchased at an estate sale in Springfield, Mass.  I had arrived bright & early before our daughter's Math competition (yup - she won - but I need to stay on the subject ---> tablecloths).  When I arrived at this new house I knew that I was in an area of Springfield that had been hit hard by the tornado of June 1, 2011.  The pros mulling around were talking trash to each other saying things like, "new house - nothing good - guess we'll have time for coffee".  I was pretty sure that I wouldn't find any old furniture (not that I'm usually looking for any), but it seemed like there just might be some old linens that could come home with me.  When we went in I found a few tea towels, some napkins, but I wasn't seeing any tablecloths.  Where could they be?  There were plenty of other items that screamed "older homeowner".  I turned a corrner & there (hanging on hangers inside of dry cleaning bags) were some tablecloths.  It all became clear - these tablecloths had lived through a tornado.  The bags still had their July 2011 tags safety-pinned on the hems of the cloths.
I love embroidered pieces.  It doesn't matter if they're cloths, runners or handkerchiefs.  I love the handwork of embroidery.  I purchased a runner & when I got it home I found a hole & a large stain that didn't come out.  I wanted to find a way to use the cloth.  Here's my solution (hanging from a couple of the tornado cloths & another from my stash)
These hearts are stuffed with filler, a little dried lavender & have vintage buttons for some added visual interest.  I have the tablecloths hanging from pant-hangers that I found at an estate sale.  I think that they're a great way to store/display tablecloths.  Each of these tablecloths (along with the hearts) will be looking for new homes at a local flea market sometime in the next month or so.  The pant-hangers will not be for sale.
What have you upcycled lately?

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