Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ecru Embroidery from Madeira!

                       The 'Other' White!

     I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, sharing it with family, friends, and loved ones!  We were in Phoenix, AZ, for a few days, visiting John's family.  Kathy and David, his sister and brother-in-law, hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, with 2 different turkeys and briskett, as well as his traditional homemade cheesecake.  It was excellent, as usual, and of course, I ate too much!  We drove back to CA Saturday morning, and it was 88 degrees!  Way to warm for Thanksgiving!  It is supposed to cool down this week, which I am looking forward to!  I want to do some Christmas baking and it is hard to get into the spirit when it is so warm outside!  I missed last Whitework Wednesday, so here is a Whitework Sunday!
     One of the things that I noticed in Madeira is that many of the embroideries were stitched on ecru linen, or with a color of floche that is often called 'antique ecru' (it is DMC 612). This is a tablecloth and napkins that were stitched on a creme linen with the antique ecru floche.  Beautiful!

     This is a close up of a piece that was stitched on an ecru linen, again with the antique ecru floche.

     Placemats and napkins on a white linen with antique ecru floche - lots of trailing shaped into curls, as well as the cutwork edges.

     Some smaller doilies and a round tablecloth, again stitched on an cream colored linen and with the antique ecru floche.   All of these are beautiful examples of Madeira Embroidery in a color palette that is not the traditional white on white as we think of it!
I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Happy Stitching,

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