Wednesday, 10 September 2008
I can't begin to explain how excited I was to win this on eBay last week! Words alone won't describe the beauty of the work in this apron. I've taken three photos - one of the apron as a whole, a closeup of the design, and a section of the reverse, so you can see the meticulous hand stitching - just in case you thought it was applique or machine stitched!
Phar Lap was arguably Australia's greatest racehorse, and I'm not going to enter discussions about any aspect of Phar Lap's ancestry or history! There is a large space devoted to him in the Melbourne Museum, which includes various memorabilia, one of which is an embroidered apron which I have long coveted. So you can imagine my delight when this turned up on eBay! It is not the same standard of stitching as the one in the Museum, but I'm happy to have it in my collection, as it is obviously quite old.