Sunday, November 13, 2011

It Pays To Dig….

…through boxes at garage sales! In the bottom of a box full of old linens…P1010053p


…I came upon this beautiful piece of antique red work. It is actually a pillow cover – the Victorians would cover their sleeping pillow with handmade pieces, like this one.


Perhaps someday I will make it into a pillow, but for now, it is hanging over the beautiful quilt that my friend, Jean, made.



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I don’t even mind the tiny imperfections….it is perfectly sweet.

33 comments:

Tracey said...

What an awesome find... isn't it fun!?

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How pretty. I'm really hoping to make two of the "good morning and goodnight" pillows for the bedroom we are working on. Maybe in the next few years. :@

It would be easier if I could find 2 at a garage sale, like you did!!!

Kit said...

What an incredible find! I have two pillow shams that I only put out at Christmas on the master bed, and they are original Red Work that my husbands grandmother made. Enjoy! Kit

Donna said...

It is gorgeous! It was intended for you to find this treasure :) You are the sweetest lady!!
Hugs,
Donna

Pondside said...

How beautiful. You certainly have an eye for lovely things and for putting them all together. I love your red and white room!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello dear Becky!

Oh this piece is just lovely! I love the little bowl of ornies. I am so into red and white this year. I don't know what it is. When I see your posts, it so reminds me of my grandmas. So warm and cozy. she used to sew all kinds of things too. Pretty lampshades, and even doll clothes for me. :)

Hugs,
Debbie

ladybug said...

Oh! How absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful find!

Kristi said...

It's lovely! It's the perfect addition to your red & white room. :)

Liz said...

Way perfectly sweet! :)

~Liz

PeregrineBlue said...

what a treasure. wish we could copy it. i love to embroider and redwork is one of my faves. i'll try to draw it as best i can to replicate.

Cindy said...

What beautiful lettering. And those sweet faces...how precious. Did you hold it tight and run to the checkout...lol I would of...lol And I always dig to the bottom!!!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

PS...no sign of Sadie...sad!!!

Perfectly Printed said...

what a fantastic find!! Digging to the bottom of the box is the most fun.

It looks great over your quilt.

chris

janice15 said...

lovely find...I recently found a pillow case similar to that in the bottom of the old trunk downstairs at moms house..nice find..

Claudia said...

What a treasure, Becky! Absolutely lovely.

xo
Claudia

Miss Jean said...

Layer upon layer, the room just gets better and better!

becky up the hill said...

Wonderful find, especially since it had been waiting for you.

Linda said...

What a great find! I love red work...and I love making them in all colors for our pillows!

Susan said...

Your pillow cover is very pretty!! I have been to garage sales for the past two weekends. I have been to busy doing other things! I am going next week if at all possible!

Kim K. said...

It was just waiting for the perfect home!

Lynn said...

Oh My that is just stunning!! Did you make the lamp shades and those sweet heart bowl fillers?? If you do, do you sell them? I would love to have some sweet hearts for my home decor!
Hugs,
Lynn

TheCrankyCrow said...

Score! Beautiful piece - and it is adorably displayed with the quilt...I wouldn't change a thing. Lucky you...enjoy....and have a wonderful week ahead! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Blondie's Journal said...

This is beautiful, Becky! What a treasure!!

XO,
Janie

Carla said...

Love the red and white quilt behind the linen! Beautiful.

Debbie Kay said...

Oh Becky...what a beautiful treasure. I bet it was waiting at the bottom of that box for you....truly a heavenly find!

Love ya & think about you.

Debbie

Shelia said...

Hi Becky! Oh, I love this! Isn't it sweet and don't you wonder who embroidered it and they story! So glad you found it and gave it new life!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Vee said...

It is a wonderful example of redwork. I'd find it so comforting to have hanging over my bed. You must, too.

JG said...

What beautiful stitches! Embroidered pieces are so pretty.

I enjoy taking out my hoop and floss. The last time was to do a touch up on "M" Dog - a stuffed toy I made for my son when he was a little tyke. After a bath (washer) and more food (stuffing) our grandson now enjoys "M" Dog. :)
~Judy

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Yes, it is perfectly sweet! What a great old find. I need to do some digging myself! I love how you have done up this sweet bedroom. You inspire me so. Must make some pretty little changes to my guest room.

Love ya Becky!
Maryjane

Kathleen Grace said...

A fantastic find Becky. Not only the beautiful red stitching but the theme of this piece is so sweetly beautiful! How could anyone get rid of it!? I'm glad it found a home with someone who cn appreciate it's beauty.

Lululiz said...

What a beautiful find, it really is a gorgeous piece.

Elsie said...

WOW Becky!!! Awesome redwork, you are so lucky. That is so rare to find something of that caliber.
It really looks good in your room so yep it was meant to be.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

That was serendipity! I know it was meant for you, how perfect. I am always amazed by what I find in boxes under tables at garage sales, with just a few minutes' time!

Your is especially lovely, and looks perfect in the spot you have chosen.
xoxo
Joni

Miss Jean said...

That certainly teaches us to dig deeper at garage sales! Way to go. It was meant to come home with you, don't you think?