After long, and careful consideration I have chosen the perfect fabric for my secret partner..
yup plastic doily by the yard..
Vintage of course!....
Just kidding ! Just Kidding!
I had something completely different in mind when i went out to collect my vintage fabrics .... But when I found this , well , it definite canceled out any plans for that plastic doily thingy that's for sure ;)
I believe this to be of a fine rice cloth /linen from about the 1930's .
This is one of the rose motifs featured on the peace which also contains fine examples of satin stitch , stem stitch, mesh and pulled work i believe..
I have no problem cutting this beauty up , because as you can see it comes with it's share of problems. An apron for my partner will be the perfect solution.. it would be a shame if the elegant craftsmanship and graceful design flow of this piece were lost to the appreciative eye do to a little sore.
I have also planed a few other touches to add ... does any one have any hints, tips or tricks for working with such a fine piece?
i have rinsed it in the bath tub first with vinegar water, then a 2 fresh water rinses, then I used some mild phosphate free laundry soap and rinsed it 3 more times till the water ran clear. My husband helped me hang it to dry and i have not yet ironed it.
any suggestions would greatly be appreciated .. i broke my belt to my treadle today so I will be hand sewing this one... not to sure i trust my regular sewing machine with this fine of fabric.
Have i said yet how much fun this is??? if not, then let me say this is my first swap.. and like the little boy in the Disney commercial says.... "I'm to excited to sleep"... I am so happy to have been alowed to join in ...and now that my linens are dry and ready to go .. so am i .. i have the basic pattern ready for my partners apron and i have been working on the pockets i planed for it and some other little things.. till it the largest piece dry and i was ready .. well tomorrow is the day... ok i will stop rambling.. sorry
thanks in advance for any sugestions any one may have..