Old Linen and Lace
Its not a very old piece, it was probably fairly new at my aunt's christening. My mum, who is the older sibling, obviously can remember what she wore to her own christening, and can't find a photo of the occasion. I suspect she is worried about it appearing here on the blog!
After such a startlingly successful result at cleaning up the christening gown, mum and I decided to send the days between Christmas and New Year cleaning up all the bits and pieces of lace and linen which were in the parcel with the gown.
There were all sorts of exciting things; lace scarfs, afternoon tea cloths and mats, pyjama case and one of my favorites a lace tea cosy (how very practical)
And an a old family sampler giving names and dates of birth of some of my mother's ancestors
It's not the prettiest of samplers, but it is in good enough condition, (it didn't get treated with vanish). From a crafting point of view I appreciate the handwork, if not the moral platitudes, but as an archivists, often dealing with family history enquires, its an amazing record. Although I suspect my brother is glad that some traditional family names have died out, Oneslphorus is quite a difficult name to carry off!