Sunday, February 7, 2016

Embroidered Vintage Sacks Gifted By Artist

This post is a combination In Memory of Liss (MIL) plus sharing her fabric artistry. I haven't shared her embroidery work before. This collection was gifted to me before she died in February of 2007. Liss was an artist of many talents. Fabric Art was dear to her heart as was painting. In her 50's Liss completed a Bachelor of Arts (in Art), a life long dream.

Liss was a collector of fabric and notions, table covers, lace, all sewing and needlework fixings. She combined them in many wonderful ways. 

She hand embroidered each sugar, rice and flour sack shown here and added loop hangers so they could be displayed.

I have not visited this collection for several years. Liss worked on these sacks in the 1980's and early 1990's and wanted to have them displayed in a gallery. Her dream was not realized.

Each stitch of embroidery floss on the Grain, Sugar and Rice printed and logo marked sacks is true to the original pattern as are the colours chosen.

Having fallen in love with grain sack stripes I was thrilled to find the embroidered Loblaw grain sack repurposed into a vintage towel roll for the kitchen.

If I wanted to I could hang these wonderfully embroidered grain and sugar sacks as curtains in my living room (no I didn't do that) but I did hang them so I could take photos. They are packed away again.

Thank you for visiting.

This is the header I made from these wonderful embroidered sacks.

PS: I will get these out of storage and take close-ups in a future post.

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  1. I've been admiring these on your header and I had no idea they were embroidered. It's hard to tell from the photos. Amazing work!

  2. These are beautiful, and a real part of our domestic history. I hope you are able to keep the collection together, because someday someone will want them for a textile exhibit.

  3. Amazing that she embroidered these. Are these hand embroidered or machine embroidered. Wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I had to keep looking and read twice that you said these were all embroidered by hand. Amazing! So much work!

  5. What a wonderful talent your friend must have been! Amazing work! Thanks for sharing these on the Table It linky party! Follow you on Google+ too!

  6. These are amazing, Joy. As a collector (and dealer) of vintage linens, I would have a really hard time parting with any of them. I bet you really had fun pulling them out and working with them for this post. Thanks for sharing!
    Rita C at Panoply

  7. These are wonderful . . . would make adorable kitchen curtains. I have been thinking about making some like these to hang under my kitchen sink. When we put in our new sink it was bigger than the past sink, so now I use curtains under it. At present I have red and white check, but flour sacks would be charming, don't you think?
    Have a marvelous day and smile a lot!
    Connie :)

  8. Hi Joy,

    Your MIL must have spent hours and hours working on these. I can only imagine the dedication.

    Thanks for playing today.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  9. Those are really clever!

    and LivingFromHappiness

  10. Very neat and colorful. Great idea for repurposing them.

  11. What amazing pieces of embroidery! Your Mother in law was very talented. I wonder if you could have these pieces made into a quilt or a large wall hanging of some sort so they can be displayed year round? They are treasures!

  12. I agree with Pondside. These should be on display. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort it took to embroider these. Amazing.

  13. I have never seen anything like this before. How sweet of your to share this amazing work. It would be wonderful to find a way to display them. I'm a quilter and I liked your friend's idea.

  14. Wow, how neat! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  15. I love these and try to buy them when I can. Usually the ones I see are very faded though. What a nice collection!

  16. They are wonderful and the memories behind them make them extra special.

  17. Oh my gosh! I had no idea that they were embroidered. I thought they were vintage grain sacks. What amazing talent she had! Truly an amazing collection Joy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. These are beautiful! What a treasure for you to have. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  19. Each of the embroidered pieces is amazing. I am sorry your friend never realized her goal!

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

  20. What a fabulous piece of history, sweet Joy. Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Forgive me for just now visiting...I have been away for the last 5 days :)

    Hugs and blessings to you!

  21. Well, it’s one of the best I am really impressed when I reached your blog this one of the informative blog.

    Embroidery Digitizing


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