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Pillow cases with white tatted or crochet edging
October 16, 2011, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Vintage Linens

These are 6 white plain pillow cases that my grandmother embellished by adding a white crochet edging. Considering the crank style washing machines my grandmother used, I’m surprised they held up this well. That was always something I looked forward to – helping with the laundry when I visited her.

There is some wear on a few of the pillow cases but most are in good shape. And, the edging is good. Although I do not have a photo yet, I’m going to use the last set for my photo embroidery class. My favorite is the first set (which thanks to an ANG Yahoo Group member I learned is tatting – not crochet) but I’m just not sure I can tackle that with success. So, I’ve selected my second favorite.

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Crochet is a surprisingly sturdy technique. As it would have to be, to survive being boiled in a copper and walloped with a washing dolly! I’m not at all astonished that it survived a crank style washing machine!

Comment by Rachel

They are beautiful and I also have a couple of these style–but mine include some lovely embroidery. The stitches are lazy daisys, french knots, stem and back stitch. Also in those days, not only ‘crank style washing machines’–they used bleach too. And yet those crochet edgings held up and the DMC or Peri-lustre floss still has great colors. And of course used daily and weekly. Enjoy

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