This cloth comes from Hungary and was made by a family member, probably in the late 19th century. It looks pretty well preserved at first glance. The characteristic red thread has faded a bit but
whoever stitched it had a confident hand and the embroidery is beautiful.
When you look closer though, the linen edges tell other stories. As a tea drinker I like to imagine my female relatives sitting around this cloth having a chat and a cuppa.
This cloth was so well looked after and every attempt was made to preserve it. A few years ago I was contemplating cutting it up for a cushion cover to show off the more intact parts. I'm very glad I didn't as it speaks a lot more to me with its stains and darns so visible.
:: There are still spaces on the 22nd January Simple Patchwork course available. See the workshops and courses page for more details.
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