When I was in Adelaide for Christmas, I caught up with a lot of my cousins. My cousin Melissa gave me a pile of fabric that was Nana’s. I love it all, and will share more with you as time goes by, but this piece is my favourite.
This is actually a tea towel. Nana bought it from Myer for $1.00 – I am not sure when, but it was a while ago. I know why she would have bought this. Nana made a lot of appliquéd items, in particular, pillowcases. She used the large motifs from other fabrics and appliquéd them onto the pillowcases. Clever! She usually used a small gingham fabric for the pillowcase, so there was a nice contrast between the two fabrics.
Whilst I am inspired to make pillowcases like the ones that Nana made, I do not want to cut up this lovely tea towel. I couldn’t bare to. The fabric is by the company ‘Textile Impressions’ and it is made of ‘pure Irish linen.’ It feels beautiful and silky to the touch. What I would really like to do with this one is wrap it on a canvas and put it in a child’s room. Wouldn’t it make a lovely picture for a youngster?
This is my favourite of all the motifs. Somehow it reminds me of my childhood: