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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


For many years, I have been collecting antique
mending clothes - embroidery samplers.

I love the idea of saving things, and learning the how-to.
When I see these wonderful pieces of "domestic art",
I can envision a young girl, being taught either by her
mother or in school, how to mend and embroider.
A hundred -or so- years ago,
things were not thrown away, you took good care
of them, and passed them down to the next generation.
When I visit many of my favorite blogs,
I see, that luckily there are still many people out there,
that give new life to things of the past.
With this post, I would like to share one of  passions,
reminders of a time gone by,
where you did not just run to the next store to replace,
but to save something.

Many of the pieces that I own, come either from Europe,
or from European settlers that came to America.
Unfortunately I could not separate these last two pictures,
oh well, you get the "picture".

This  sampler is either French or from Belgium.

Look at all this beautiful hand work.
Lovely, just lovely!!!!!

I wonder who Babetta Popp was.
Did she enjoy working on this sampler?
Did she get to use her skills in her life?
Where did she live?
Was she happy taking care of her family?
Every time I see these wonderful things,
I wonder who these people were,
and what their lives were like.

What I find special about this work, is that
this young woman was not about to just put her
sampler in a draw to be pulled out once in a while,
no, she was going to wear it!
How charming!!!!

This sampler and the 1901 Guensberg are one
of my recent discoveries.
I found them at the Elephants Trunk in CT.
They where in a box with many other
VERY "filthy" things, and went really CHEAP.
I was in heaven, and after washing them numerous
times, I could not be happier with my new finds!

I wish you happy days,
filled with new discoveries.

God bless,


Andy's Attic said...

Hi Evi, Love all the red and white samplers. I have a blue on white one my mom did when she was
6. It hangs in my guest room/nest. She was born in 1909. I cherish it very much.

Carole said...

I'm glad you saved those pieces from the vendor at ET. He might have just thrown them out at the end of the show. I never knew you had just a collection of turkey work. This is a timely post as I have decided that when I redo that dining room I want to make it red and white. I know I've said that before:) It's on my very long to do list.
Hope you're enjoying the cooler weather my friend. Great weed pulling weather.


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hello my long lost friend Evi....:)
Your beautiful photographs really show off your wonderful collection of domestic art! I love it all and look forward to the next visit when I can see those new pieces in person!...
...and of course...to seeing you and Eb too. :) Happy almost August to you! Lots of love...L

NMK said...

Just Beautiful stitching .... they are all so pretty !!!

samplerlover said...

Thank you for showing us these beauties. I love looking at antique linens and samplers.


Hi Evi, I agree that we do not pass down items the way our four fathers did, I find old things pieces of art as well, I cherish them as if they were given to me brand new. Like you I have a special place in my heart for all things hand made, especially red. Hugs Mary

Sarah said...

As a long time stitcher, you know I adore these. Don't have any of these, nor have I ever come across them. It's such a treat to see the ones you've collected through the years. Love the red work!

(Karen) Lisa Daley said...

Lovely collection, beautifully photographed!

Dorthe said...

Dear Evi,
they are so wonderful,all,
I love your red-white samplers , and the many beautiful different ones you own. What works of beautiful handwork, and art.
Also love your little dresses, sweet friend.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Nella said...

Dear Evi, thank you for sharing your beautiful collection....it is very precious...all those hours of hand work....I like to refer to them as gentle arts. Imagine all the effort put into making something so simple, yet so rewarding as well as useful. I am grateful to my Mom and Grandmother for teaching me stitching and sewing....something I can always put to good use...N.xo

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Love those samplers Evi - every single one is so pretty. I have a soft spot for this kind of stuff too, but you probably know already. How lucky you were with your recent find. These are very rare over here at the fleas - I guess they all travelled overseas back then :-)

Simple Pleasure said...

Lovely...lovely...lovely! I was so taken by this posting that I've re-read it at least three times. I, too, am in awe of all forms of handwork. I cherish pieces from both my grandmothers' hands...no one in either family wanted these treasures...I am a rescuer and can NEVER pass up a piece when visiting my thrift shop haunts. If only I could pass this "disease" onto the next generation...
Busy Hands...Happy Heart

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Sew pretty Evi...they are true works of art!

JoeyLea said...

Wow! What a beautiful collection. I too love old linens (needlework.) I appreciate that women were using needles just as I do hundreds of years ago. I pulled a quick family search on Babetta Popp. She was born in Germany, married August Wagner, had a son in 1903 also named A. W. and they lived in Wisconsin. Not a common name so most likely the one:) I don't know about you, but I love this sort of stuff.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful blog - just found you. You have a new follower:)
Many smiles,
PS. feel free to take a peek at my blog if you like.


margits bastelstube said...

liebe evi,
bei dir tut sich ja auch mächtig viel! bin erst jetzt wieder dazu gekommen, alles nachzulesen. sehr, sehr interesant und ganz wundervolle dinge zeigst du uns da.
du schreibst in meinem blog von einer show. was machst du, was zeigstdu - wo ist sie?
ganz liebe grüße und bis bald

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Evi,
Amazing and beautiful your blog I love it. I'm your new follower.
Have a look at my blog I’ll be so glad.

Hugs from Portugal
Ana Love Craft

annemary said...

peut être que tes trouvailles brodées viennent de SUISSE nous avons le même genre d'articles dans nos greniers et broc's bisous à toi tout est très beau j'aime ton blog bisous