Recently I purchased a set of three perfect, crochet edged linen doilies from an antique dealer in Victoria who I'd found (of all places) on Instagram.
She often has lovely linens to sell, but these ones grabbed my attention because I could immediately envision a stitchery sewn carefully onto their starched white centres.
And that's what I began over the weekend...
...using my Bible as inspiration.
I cut a piece of Parlan to fuse behind the fabric before I began the embroidery as it's a tad thicker than my usual Weaveline stabiliser. Linen of this age can pull in different directions very easily so having a slightly dense backing keeps everything nice and straight.
The crochet edging is beautiful, not a single lacy thread missing or out of place...
When it's stitched I'll sew it to the front of a small cushion which I'm yet to make...
It's coming along beautifully.
I just need to finish embroidering the words and sew a couple of pretty heart buttons in place...
...and then I think you might receive the pattern as a gift next weekend.
Would you like that?
Mr E and I are off to parts unknown, and some parts known well, over the next few days.
May your week be as wonderful as I hope ours will be.