Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Damaged Vintage Embroidered Linen

I am just so pleased with how this turned out.  I have had this piece for some time (okay, a really long time) and was undecided as to what to do with it.  I was drawn to it for some reason.  It looked like this at first - complete with stains.
The stains were not washing out, so I decided to try tea dying the piece to make them less noticeable.  Sooo, then it looked like this.
I then let it dry on the line.

Now after all that, the stains had faded, but the piece wasn't a real color.  It looked like a half-way job.  I ended up going through the process all over again with a little mixture of tan and brown dye, and I love how it turned out.  The stains virtually disappeared.
Since I am not entirely certain what its original purpose was, I had a difficult time deciding what to do with it.  I thought a long pillow - naah, an odd table-topper - no, too weird, how about a curtain in the spare room?  It is rather primitivish. (Yes, new word in the King's English:) I did not photograph it on the window, because the light isn't very good in that room, but here it is against a red background.
Let me know what you think.

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