Saturday, April 12, 2008

My History in Hankies

It's time for another Sunday Show and Tell, thanks to our hostesses Cerri and Analise . It's amazing what a woman can do with a simple little square of fabric, isn't it? I think that's one of the things that makes so many hankies appealing--the intricate needlework lavished on them. I don't really collect hankies, but three of them made it out of my childhood with me, and I've been lured by the beauty of a few more along the way. I had such fun this week in my "in-between" moments washing, pressing and posing these pretty little squares. So here it is-- my history in hankies. This is probably my favorite hankie. I think it may have belonged to one of my grandmothers. In dressier days, I wore it much like I've photographed it. I tucked it in the pocket of an ecru linen blazer and accessorized it with a strand of pearls. It was a romantic look that I loved to wear. Here's a detail of the fine embroidery and cutwork. These two hankies were mine when I was a girl. Don't you just love those Little Bo Peep colors? Periwinkle blue was always my favorite crayon. Here's another hankie from my little miss days. I think I got this about the time the movie Mary Poppins came out, and I can see her influence on the little lady. This hankie is so sheer and delicate. The beautiful little tear drop of lace is only found in one corner. I couldn't resist a hankie that had my initial and was in my favorite color combination of blue and white. I've loved blue and white since childhood when a kind neighbor gave me a piece of Blue Willow and told me the sentimental story behind the design. Now you've seen my hankies and you know a bit more about me. I hope you'll leave a comment so I can get to know you, too.

15 comments:

Lisa said...

Beautiful hankies and I love the stories that go with them. Periwinkle was always my favorite crayon, too. :)

Counting Your Blessings said...

Your hankies are lovely! Have you seen the new Victoria magazine? It's all blue and white. Have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings... Polly

Alisa said...

what a beautiful eyelet hankie! I think that is just awesome that you still have some from you childhood!
Alisa

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Carla! Great hankies! The lace hanky is divine. I especially like the one from your childhood with the Mary Poppins like lady on it. Pinks and blues are so pretty together.
-Karoline

bluemuf said...

I love your beautiful hankies and what a lovely way to remember them. Beautiful displays

Karen

Lisa B. said...

Lovey hankies! The little "Mary Poppins" one is so sweet.Thanks for sharing.

leesiebella said...

OH I LOVE your Little Bo Peep! She is so adorable!

Thanks so much for sharing today!

xo
Analise

barbara said...

Such pretty photos, and I loved how you told your story with them! I'm really enjoying how everybody approaches this idea differently.

She'sSewPretty said...

I love your Little Miss Hankie! So cute. And that lace one is beautiful!

Little Pink Studio said...

Oh my goodness, that Bo Peep hankie is just darling!!
Thanks so much for playing along!
~Cerri xo

Clever Karen said...

I love how each hankie told a story. And great ideas on how to photograph each one!

Laurie said...

Great hankies! LOVE the Mary Poppins one! :)

pinkroses said...

Oh that eyelet hankie is my favorite one too...so beautiful! My daughter would LOVE the Mary Poppins inspired one-it's her vary favorite childhood movie!
xo suzanne duda

Margo said...

Beautiful hankies! I love all your vignettes :-)

Margo

Sarah said...

Love your Mary Poppins hankie!
Sarah
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