I wonder what happened?

I am building up a collection of antique needlework, some I have got via Ebay, others on my travels (like the Chinese embroidery),  partly due to my interest in all forms of historical needlework but also as I feel a need to rescue things sometimes that may have been loved but for many reasons end up discarded.

I have been doing a lot of sorting out and decluttering recently and realised that although I bought this piece a couple of years ago I have never blogged about it.

Needlepoint tray 1

What made me particularly think about what might have happened in both the creation and the subsequent life of this piece of stitching is that I have been doing lots of reading since teaching ended and I have more time.

I have been reading lots of books by Maureen Lee ,who I mentioned in an earlier post, which are set in wartime Liverpool and I wonder if this was to commemorate something.

I have not tried to take it apart to see if there are any details on the back as it is sealed in the frame. It is needlepoint and all of the canvas is covered in tent stitch in a fine wool. It is a small tray about 14 inches by 8 inches.

Needlepoint tray 2


Needlepoint tray 3

I would like to think it was a wedding gift for someone but hope it wasn’t to commemorate something less happy. I would like to imagine it being given to the happy couple who hopefully came through the war and were able to be together like my Nana and Grandad and raise a family.

My lovely Nana died this week after a short illness so I am feeling very sad. Thankfully she was able to come to the UK and see everyone for her 100th birthday which was brilliant.

Whenever I see stitching at museums and in historic houses and pieces like this I so want to know what happened, who made the piece and why, what happened to them after that. There is so much of our little history, our ordinary women’s history lost because it was never recorded which makes me so sad.

My contribution, however small, is to collect and love and cherish and share these things to honour their makers whoever they may be and whatever happened to them.

Thanks for visiting and see you soon.

8 thoughts on “I wonder what happened?

    • Thank you all for your kind words about Nana. Yes I have lots of memories of her will be raising a glass of her favourite tipple in her honour this Friday. She had a lovely life and would have appreciated everyone’s kindness.

  1. I was thinking that, and because it’s an item that is useful.
    Sorry to hear about your Nana. After such a long life, you will all have lots of good memories

  2. I love collecting vintage items and some of them I re-use in my embroideries. My latest find is an embroidered ‘duck’ – a child’s sweet pyjama case.
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Nana Alison, she had such a long life – lots of happy memories for you to remember her by when the pain of grief passes.

    • Thanks Barbara
      Yes she did and she was so well and happy right till the end – such a fiesty lady, I wonder where I get it from. Her funeral will be a celebration of a long and happy life.

  3. Oh, I’m really sorry to read about your Nana – I remember your fairly recent post about her reaching her 100th birthday. Hugs.

  4. So sorry to hear about your Nan’s passing. You must have so many cherished memories of her to keep her alive in your heart in the future. Big hugs

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