Vivian Treasures and Food Friday
This Shabbat is a real rarity. We have been invited to Shabbat dinner at the homes of friends two weeks in a row. This is an heard of luxury.
I used this short Friday to deal with a bit more of the ironing backlog.
This white linen cloth is one of the Vivian treasures. It’s 36 inches square. European linen is often coarser than than used in American cloths. I might be completely wrong and the coarseness of the linen might be a matter of when the linen was produced rather than the country of origin.
I am a complete sucker for these cloths decorated with bands of crochet. Someone spent hours crocheting up miles and miles of this butterfly or lily patterned ribbon.
The cloth has several less than elegant joins of the crochet work. I am quite fond of the crude joining. I love seeing the evidence of a less than perfect craftswoman just doing the best that she can.
I had washed this cloth in a pillowcase in the machine . There were several small rips in the lace. it was less awful than I had anticipated doing the repairs with white sewing thread
As I ironed I saw some spots that need more work. My own repair work is nearly invisible.
I’m really glad that I didn’t have the job of crocheting the miles of openwork. I think I would have pretended that my eyes were going or that I had a bad case of the vapors.
The cloth was purchased either in Austria or in Germany. I used it over a dark blue cloth to show off the pretty crocheting. I suppose I could just keep the cloth and not use it. I prefer to use it , enjoy it and repair it as needed.
But in the parlance of our family the home made variety are called “bajiles”. We have often said that we are amazed that our kids are able to speak to outsiders at all. When we all get together we speak an odd dialect of English.
These bajiles are made with a mix of white flour, quinoa, and wheat berries.