Celebrating the Artistry of Women

I’m always on the look out for new ways to incorporate vintage goods – whether a doily, handkerchief, hot pad, household linen or just a bit of pretty lace – into a new sewing or craft project…not that I’m any great shakes at either!  I’m more about embellishments than the details of construction.  
Aprons from the 1920s -1940s are my endless inspiration. Without the mind-boggling aisles of craft stores to provide materials with which to be creative, women relied on the ladies’ magazines of the times and pattern books for new projects to beautify their homes and their clothing, like this sweet butterfly lace pocket:

Prettying up an apron with a lace pocket or embroidering a name on a handkerchief or crocheting a lace edging to a muslin dishtowel were how women used to embellish and enliven the mundane through stitchery.  
Aprons to linens – celebrate the handiwork and artistry of women.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!