Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Reversible apron!

This apron isn't embroidered, but it is handmade, so I think it deserves a spot here. My friend Lee-Ann works in an opshop and gave me a heap of linens last week, and this cute apron was among them. I've seen reversible aprons, but this is the first one for my collection. I think it is very clever!

Friday, 28 August 2009

Unworked children's aprons.

I received these three little aprons from a generous lady in South Australia, who knew from reading my blogs, that I collect aprons. I never fail to be amazed at the generosity of far away people (who I shall probably never meet in person), who see me on the internet, and send me stuff that they figure I will like! I do the same thing whenever I can, as it is a good way of passing stuff on that I don't want any more, but someone else will.
I'm sorry these photos are not very clear; the calico is a bit discoloured through age, and the lighting in this room is not conducive to good photography! This first apron (uncut) features a simple floral design.

This one is also uncut, and has a transfer of Cinderella on it.

This apron with a cute bunnies design, has been cut and edged with bias binding.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Half Apron from Canada.

I found this in an op shop today, and had an interesting discussion with the lady behind the counter, about its origin. She thinks it was a souvenir brought back here for someone who didn't wear aprons, and discarded it with other stuff destined for the op shop.
I pounced on it as soon as I walked in to the shop because it is so beautifully stitched, and an unusual design for an apron. I was surprised to find a label on the back of it in French. Some of the words are a bit hard to make out, but I think it says:
Tisse a La Main Hand Loomed
Au Terroir
STE Madeleine, Quebec
Fabrique au Canada. Made in Canada.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Found in an antique market.

I've taken to hanging my linens on the line outside, to photograph them for my blog, but when it is sunny, they tend to look a bit washed out as in this picture. The colours are indeed pastel, but brighter than they look here. This one cost me $25, which is about average for an apron of this vintage and condition.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

A very old unfinished apron.

I received this stunning apron from Doreen, a fellow stitcher on a Postcards Yahoo Group, and also from Stitchin Fingers. People are so thoughtful! You meet someone in cyberspace, who you would never have met otherwise, and they remember you like something, so when they find one, they send it to you! Doreen has obviously been looking at my blogs, and noticed this one, so when this apron was donated to her Guild for the recycle table, she snapped it up for me instead - thank you heaps, dear friend!!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Wear Your Apron Day - May 11th

Tomorow is The Big Day - Wear Your Apron Day!
I wear an apron at some point in every day. When I'm cooking, or washing the dishes, and that's about 3 times a day. Most times nobody sees me, and I wear aprons simply to cover my clothes, because I'm such a grub when I'm messing around in my kitchen. But if my friends drop in, they usually comment on me wearing an apron, because most of them don't!
If you are reading this, I would really enjoy receiving a comment from you, describing which apron you will wear on Monday! I've decided to wear my new Paris printed apron, as I have just washed and ironed it ready to put away, but now I'll hang it in the kitchen ready to put on in the morning.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Printed, not embroidered.

I collect embroidered aprons as part of my overall vintage linens collection, but sometimes I see an apron that I can wear on a day to day basis (yes I do, I'm a real grub in the kitchen, always splashing or wiping something on myself). Today I was browsing in an antique market, and found these two sweet aprons for $3 each. Would you have left them behind?? If you are reading this blog, I think not!

Monday, 4 May 2009

A cute addition to my collection!

A couple of years ago, I found an article about aprons in a magazine online, and I emailed the author of the article to tell her about my collection. She contacted me and we emailed back and forth for a while, then we agreed to exchange an apron with each other. I had a calico half apron with nothing embroidered on it, so I used one of my vintage transfers to iron on a design, stitched it and sent it over to Carolyn.
She said she was delighted with it, and was looking for one to send me. Well, I got it today! She has had a lot of illness and hardship in her life since we last contacted each other, hence the delay. But as I said to her, the apron was worth the wait! Cute little bib style with pretty embroidered flowers. Love it!

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Aprons In The Wind (but only in the U.S.A.)

I received this email today from the Lakes Gallery of Fine Art in the USA:

May 22, 2009
Good Day Gina

Kindly pass this announcement to your apron network. Thank you

Teri Peterson
The Lakes Gallery of Fine Art

2nd Annual “Aprons in the Wind”
A Mother’s Day weekend Celebration!
Fri. May 8th –Mon. May 11th
Fabric aprons displayed to honor women everywhere!
The dedicated aprons become apart of the exhibit and will be hung every Mothers Day weekend for years to come. Be apart – send or bring a dedicated apron to The Lakes Gallery of Fine Art. See web site for complete details

Special Art Mart: Saturday, May 9th, 11AM - 2PM
For details: The Lakes Gallery of Fine Art
N76 W31428 County Rd. V. v., North Lake (Hartland) 53209 (262) 966-1804

Here is the link to their website with all the details. It sounds like so much fun - do you think we could do something like this in Melbourne? I wonder how we could advertise it, and how many (if any!) people would turn up?

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Lovely half apron.

My friend LeeAnn who lives in country Victoria, and finds the most beautiful linen in her local towns - sent this gorgeous little number to me for my birthday. Thank you, LeeAnn!

Saturday, 4 April 2009

More unfinished aprons.

I don't find many aprons these days - at least not the kind I want in my collection, so posts on this blog have been sparse this year. Today I was photographing some other unworked linens, and as I had the camera out, I decided to start photographing my unworked aprons as well.
These three have an Australian theme. Semco was an Australian company, so I don't suppose I should be astonished at the amount of patterns they produced with a patriotic theme! I must have about half a dozen with kookaburras on alone. The one shown here is so beautifully stitched, I only need to stitch a flower on the pockets to finish it off.

Other unfinished designs.

I know I should pull my finger out and get working on all of these, but this one in particular needs to be finished off, as the design is rapidly fading. God only knows how old this is.

I paid quite a lot of money for this on eBay a few years ago, but have no regrets, as I have never seen another one like it. VERY unusual design.
I should be ashamed of myself, leaving this apron in a box with the other UFOs. It only needs bias binding around the edge, and the pocket stitched on - 10 minutes work! I'm not going to put it back in the cupboard with the others. Instead, I'll put it on the dining room table where it will scowl at me every time I walk past, until I get to and finish it!

Children's aprons, unfinished.

Some of these have "school apron" printed at the foot of the fabric. I wonder if that meant the little pupil had to stitch it, or her mother had to stitch it for her daughter to use at school? Two others have "Maid's apron" on them. How society has changed...

This one isn't a school apron. It is actually pretty weird, and I can't imagine a child wanting to wear it!!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Unworked calico apron.

This appeared on eBay a few weeks ago, and I pounced! The lady who had it up for auction lives in the next suburb, and she brought it around to me a few days later, thus saving us postage and packing costs - it's handy when eBay sellers and buyers live close by!
This apron dates back to around the 1930's/40's, we think, going by the style of the swimsuit the lady is wearing. I've just photographed the main part of the design, and it isn't very clear because it is quite faded.