Monday, October 19, 2009
My prettiest teatime tablecloth
When I was plundering through some linens over the weekend I realized I had never told you about my very favorite teatime tablecloth, which has a bit of a story behind it. It began about a year ago when I was violently outbid on eBay for another tablecloth featuring this same design. I was willing to go maybe $20-something, but alas, it went for well over $100! I had really fallen in love with the lovely white tablecloth and was so disappointed not to have won it, but that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.
I began to watch eBay for "alerts" about similar tablecloths. Thought I never saw this cloth listed there again, I did come across this January 1979 issue of Old Time Needlework Patterns and Designs, which includes charts for the tablecloth's filet crochet edging and insertions. The pattern notes that this was "a 1925 design." I wondered how they knew, exactly, that it was a 1925 design, and then ...
... I came across the February 1925 issue of Needlecraft Magazine, inside which is a chart for ...
... "An Effective and Serviceable Trim for Household Linens." I love old needlecraft magazines!
Meanwhile, I was trolling Etsy late one night and lo and behold, there was the longed-for tablecloth for $28 from a seller in Ontario, Canada. It was in absolutely perfect condition, and furthermore, although I *could* have crocheted the edgings myself, it would have taken me forever. Plus, my sewing skills aren't anywhere near as precise as would have been needed to stitch together this lovely cloth. So I broke one of my own rules and bought something I could have made -- and I've never regretted it!
I like that it features teacups and teapots so prominently.
And even a sugar dish with sugar tongs! Sweet!
The cloth is about 40 inches square, and it is definitely my most prized teatime tablecloth!
*NOTE: Since I now have two copies of this crochet pattern, I would very much like to place one of them, the one in the 1979 Olde Time Needlework magazine, with a good home. Be the first one to leave a comment saying you could use it and it's yours!