"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

My latest linen acquisitions.

Here are the photos I mentioned last week, of the items I have either won on eBay, or found in the local op shop. There are a few more things that I haven't scanned yet - two pillow shams and two tea cosies, because I hadn't washed and ironed them at the time. I am expecting some more stuff from eBay shortly, so I'll include them in that lot.


Maggie Ann said...

I'm drawing a blank, what is a tea cozy? Is it what keeps the teapot warm?

Nicki said...

Just out of curiosity, how many pieces do you have and what started you collecting? It's an amazing collection - I've never seen anything like it! I just have two tablecloths, one stitched by my mum and one by my great aunt. Special!

Gina E. said...

Hi girls, nice to hear from you. Maggie Ann, yes tea cosies are usually put over the teapot to keep it warm. Nowadays they are usually knitted or quilted, but way-back-when, decorative designs were embroidered on linen or other material. There was a plain padded liner which sat over the pot, and the stitched cover went over that.
Nicki, I have lost count now - one day I plan to make an inventory, but the more items I get, the longer it is going to take!! I probably have about 160 tablecloths, about 60 aprons, maybe 40 or more tea cosies and nearly a thousand other items like doilies and napkins, etc. I would love to see your cloths - do take care of those, they are family heirlooms! So many people chuck them out - that's how I get mine. I can't bear to see those hours of work discarded, so I pick things up from garage sales, etc and of course ebay. That is why I collect!