Do you have favourite books? Books that you read again and again and never tire of? I have a little collection of these special books, they cover a variety of topics, some are stories and some are factual but they all have a place on my bookcase.
Two of these ‘specials’ are by actress Una Stubbs, they are written in a lovely chatty style and talk about her love of sewing, in particular embroidery, and her musings about life and living.
I’m mentioning these books because yesterday I was sorting out some beautiful old linen and cotton table toppers which I inherited from my Grandmother and from my husband’s Mother.
They are all edged with crochet, one is hand embroidered and I think it’s fair to say that they have all definitely seen better days.
In her book Una says that she thinks that a little darn or mend in textiles can enhance an items appearance,
So I thought I’d have a go. One of the mats was easy to fix – it just needed the crochet lace re-stitching on, but the other two had holes in
If I was really clever I’d be able to incorporate the mend into the design of the original embroidery but as a fairly novice embroiderer I just did my best…
Little embroidered flowers served to darn the holes in the first mat.
This one had a little tear in it as well as holes. I patched the holes and turned the patches into flowers. The tear was transformed into a dragonfly!
Long live frugal sewing! And thanks Una for the idea 🙂
In honour of Wimbledon I am going to be making strawberries today
Until next time,