When I returned to New Zealand a few years ago, my grandfather gave me my grandmothers well worn linen tea towels. They are just fab for soaking up any water or spills etc. But this meant that the tea towels I had (already) bought all the way from London (from lots of Laura Ashley sales) were put aside.
So two years ago for some reason I decided to HANDSTITCH them all(10) together - to make a table cloth. I don't know why I just had to do it. (well - I sort of know - I loved the polka dots, the checks, the flowers etc) But after this, I went and bought a sewing machine ... which eventually (after figuring out how to use it) led to making other things. Things that I felt comfortable with, that I was happy with (no matter what anyone else tried to say to me). So I hope you will ignore all the wrinkles in this tablecloth and see what it represents - a start to something which makes me happy, something that fulfills me. Its also something that I can't believe I handstitched night after night! It had better become a family heirloom I think!x