Having behaved myself and stayed away from all thrift stores for the past three days, I couldn't resist popping over to Goodwill during my lunch hour. And, in what seems to be a recurring feature on my blog, I thought I'd post a "what is it?" tonight.
This seems to be developing into a pattern of behavior--me buying stuff and then trying to figure out what I've bought. And I'm sure glad I have all of you to help me! I think this is a tablerunner of sorts. It's either a linen or a looser weave cotton. I don't know how old it is, but it's in pretty good shape. What fascinates me, though, is the silhouette images dyed in blue on the white fabric. How did they do that? I've shown it to a few people and all of us are puzzled by the fact that the dye didn't bleed into the fabric. Two people suggested it may have been done using a stencil. There's no difference in texture between the dyed and non-dyed parts of the fabric, and the dye goes through to the other side--it's actually pretty well reversible. Whatever it is, it's really interesting. Have you seen anything like it before? Here's a close up of one of the images:
When I got to the thrift store, I saw a woman I recognized from quilting, so I just made a cursory inspection of the glassware and hurried to the textiles before she got there. Am I bad or what?! I found that runner together with a few other wonderful things--a white pillowcase with a scalloped and blue-crocheted edge, another white pillowcase with cutwork and blue embroidery, and a small round embroidered linen tabletopper. I just can't resist the lacy, embroidered handwork on these things!
I wish I had my camera with me, though, because I would have liked to show you a photo of what I DID resist: A quilt or afghan made up of polyester double knit squares (approximately 4" squares) crocheted together with off-white yarn. Boy was that thing UGLY! And heavy! But it was SO completely representative of handcrafts in the 1960's that I was really tempted to take it home as a piece of history; still, I knew there was no way I'd ever display it, and my drawers are quite full enough as it is, so I left it on the rack.
After finishing the Hat Trick quilt top, I'm really starting to think about the blue and white color scheme for my summertime kitchen. Probably because of that, my eye was caught by a small bowl and matching teacup--no saucer, but I have other blue and white saucers, and these things often mix and match pretty well. Then I saw a Mikasa blue and white serving bowl--I'm thinking it just might make a pretty fruit bowl for my hutch. Oh, and a white Butter Bell--that one's not for me though. I have a Christmas gift basket idea, so I'll put that away for later.
Don't forget--if you'd like a chance to win the Hat Trick pattern, leave a comment HERE. The drawing will be late Wednesday night. I'm glad you could stop in to visit!