Friday, 8 June 2007

Some of my own personal favourites.

A dainty Japanese lady with a Chinese lantern...one of my Japanese friends did not like this apron when I showed it to her! She said the designer had made the mistake of confusing the Chinese and Japanese cultures - common to Westerners! Oh well, I still think it is a nice apron!


A very unusual design, don't you think? And such a lot of work, all that stem stitching to fill in the dress! I have a few aprons with the patterns filled in like this, and every time I look at them, I am amazed at the amount of work involved.

This image is not very clear, as the cotton material has been worn thin over the years and doesn't photograph well. But you can still make out the Spanish flamenco dancer, and the black crocheted edge which is such a perfect finishing touch.

I won this on eBay, and as with so many from that source, I have no information whatever about who stitched it, or when and where it was done. My guess is that it dates from the early 1950's.


This sensational apron always receives cries of delight when I show it off! It dates back to the 1930's I believe, and was stitched by a lady in NSW, according to the eBay seller who sold it to me.

6 comments:

Miss Eagle said...

Gina, these are lovely. I like the last two. The women look so stylish that they wouldn't be caught dead in an apron! LOL :-) Your collections are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Nailing Herself's feet to floor to get to your place is a bit tricky. What would Sunday 24 June be like for you? Saturday's are not much good because Herself tends to be working then. Otherwise it will need to be a July date.

Ribbonwiz said...

This is going to be a great blog Gina...
I love the last two apons..very retro..

Chelle said...

THUD! That was me falling out of my chair. Gina, I had no idea aprons like this existed! I've never seen anything like them. WOW. Thanks for creating this blog! I can't wait to see more.

Susie said...

I have never seen aprons like this. I really enjoyed seeing them!
:)

Gina E. said...

Glad you liked 'em, ladies! I've only just started...

Maggie Ann said...

Gina, its hard to believe these were handstitched, they are wonderful, each of them. My favorite would have to be the first one though...its so delicate, it perfectly captures the culture at its best...so dainty and just exquisite.