Do you have any of these in your kitchen?
As I was putting away some freshly laundered kitchen towels the other day I came across these dishcloths. They reminded me of my Auntie Betty. She was one of my mom's older sisters and she died about 7 or 8 years ago. She was quite the needleworker.
Auntie Betty Gave me these two sets of embroidered dishcloths when my husband and I got married 25 years ago. For years I didn't use them; couldn't stand to use something that she had made for me - they had to be preserved! Eventually, I did start using them though as that's what they were meant for.
Now, I only have a few of them left -- I imagine that over the years some of them became quite worn or maybe they just disappeared, who knows. At any rate, I still have a handful of them left. (This next towel is not yellowed; chalk it up to poor photography!)
Wash Day, Iron Day, Cleaning Day, Baking Day - my Auntie Betty's life was structured exactly that way. And then on Sunday, you would rest!
As I mentioned earlier, Auntie Betty was quite a talented needleworker. She crocheted beautiful doilies with thread (like the pineapple ones you used to see on top of dressers and tables). She was left handed, so no one could ever learn from her because she did it "backwards".
Auntie Betty also did the most beautiful cutwork doilies and pillowcases that I have ever seen. I think I have some of them and will have to share them in another post. I wish I had learned how to do cutwork from her before she died.
She was a quilter too. Her quilt tops were embroidered -- either stamped cross stitch or embroidered like these dishcloths. When the quilt top was done, it was put on a quilt frame in the spare bedroom and she would quilt by hand. After my uncle retired, he also would sit with her in that room and the two of them would quilt together.