Another Vivian treasure


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Yesterday, while rooting through the bags of  textile goodies from Vivian I found this sweet bit of embroidery.


This linen cloth is place mat sized.  This is the only piece like this in the treasure trove that Vivian gave me. I don’t know if it was part of a placemat set or if it was made as a dresser scarf. Either way, it’s pretty adorable.


I am not going to go into the larger political issues involved in using imagery from other cultures as decorative motifs.  I am going to leave that to the political theorists.


What I do find interesting culturally about this piece of embroidery is that is uses exactly the same colors and techniques as linens my mother used to call “Swiss Embroidery”

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It’s sweet work, nicely done.  It will appear on a surface in my house in the next few months. meanwhile it is starched and ready  for it’s time in the limelight.


  1. As it doesn't appear to be part of a set is it a tray cloth?

  2. Juliet, you may be right. It astounds me how many different sorts of linens with particular useses there were.


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