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!
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.