Today I made a pillow out of some vintage linens I bought at one of our local Vintage Markets; The Venice Mercato. I love vintage linens so much. The workmanship and craftsmanship that goes into these beautiful pieces mesmerize me. This beautiful piece was all handmade on a linen piece of fabric and even had the makers initials still intact!
MSW.. who are you? Were you a beautiful, young bride-to-be preparing for her new home? Maybe you were a grandmother and this was made with love as a Christmas gift! The possibilities are endless and the scenarios of days-gone-by fascinate me!! Whoever you are MSW… you were a skilled artist!!❤️
In order to preserve this original piece, I gently tacked to a pillowcase using a simple stitch. It can be easily removed with no holes or permanent damages to the vintage textile.
Once I stitched carefully to the pillowcase, I just slipped in a pillow insert and put it on my bed. I love the wrinkled linen and didn’t choose to iron my linen!
The most fun part of thrifting or keeping family heirlooms is the history that comes with the item. I love the patina or the wear that comes with something old. With a little bit of make believe, we can imagine anything we’d like about these pieces and their history!
MSW, thank you for your hard work and for the love you obviously put into your masterpiece ❤️ Linens and Make Believe… 2 of my favorite things! 🌿
The lovely sewing jar belonged to my Mom who was truly a master craftsman. We didn’t have money for prom or homecoming dresses, so our Mom made ours by hand! They were perfect and no one EVER knew our dresses didn’t come straight off the rack. She even made her own patterns and was never trained to do so. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit her sewing skills, but Laura certainly did! 🌿 I think I got my love of vintage linens from her. She always had them in our house and on our bedding. Some made by her, but times they were thrifted pieces she’d found. Thanks, Mom. We sure miss you.. but you are with us every day.
Happy Vintage Hunting and lots of Linen and Make Believe 🌿
🌿 Laura & Kim 🌿