One of my favorite things to collect are vintage linens and tea towels. If it is a kitchen towel, I try to imagine the kitchen that it came from and the people who used it. If it is a fancy towel adorned with needlework, I think of the time someone spent working on it. Did she find the time after all of the supper dishes were washed and put away. Were the stitches stitched by the light of a kerosene lamp or electric? Was she able to sit and stitch for a spell in the afternoons, while sitting on her front porch swing? Maybe watching her children playing nearby.
I love kitchen linens but most of all I love their untold stories.
Here are a few items I've been able to pick up recently.
These cuties are bright and colorful, but they aren't in the best of shape. I am hoping to be able to save them....somehow.
This beauty above is so precious. I'm not sure what it was used for, maybe a decorative bathroom towel...maybe a wedding gift from an Aunt who lives in Iowa. We'll never know. Below, is the flower detail.
My mom bought me the cheerful little blue and yellow serviettes below, and I think they go quite nicely with the my yellow tablecloth! These make me long for an old farmhouse type of kitchen table, white with two folding leaves that can pop up or down. I'd decorate the table with these bright linens, and set a bouquet of daisies in an old fashioned milk bottle right in the center. Instead of wishing for something that I don't have...maybe I'll try it with my little card table someday!
And finally, my mom and I spotted these at our favorite little vintage shop, Vintage City, and I just love them. Merry Christmas to me! Again, they are hand stitched and I wonder, "By whom?" And I didn't even ask if the seller knew their story! Shame on me!