Miss Gioia

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Family Treasures

In all of the excitement of last week, I forgot to post pictures of the wonderful embroidery piece that I discovered over the holiday. I spent lots of time during my travels digging through both my mom's and my mother-in-law's attics. This beauty was hiding amongst boxes and books in Chris' family's house. After consultation with his Oma, we discovered that it was made by Chris' father's step-Grandmother when he was born in Holland in the 40s.

As you can see, this is a sort of a Dutch "Punch and Judy" scene, full of children and activity. I looked up "Jan Klaasen en Katrijn" on google, but only found references to some sort of pupper theater on several Dutch websites. Today, I wish I understood Dutch. Alas.

The piece is quite large - maybe two by three feet - and is cotton embroidery thread worked in a needlepoint stitch on a fabric normally used for cross stitch. It was a bit stained with age, and was stretched in a (not very flattering) frame with carboard backing. We rescued it from the frame and took it home with us for the baby's nursery.

I was quite worried about cleaning it, but Chris' Oma reassured me that she had handwashed it many times before. So I plunged ahead, and most of the brown age spots came out. Now it is drying on our dining room table and getting ready to be hung over the crib - bright enough to add color and interest, but soft enough to not damage baby G's head should she yank it down enthusiastically.

Three generations. My. Isn't it wonderful?



Blogger Chris & Deb said...

I just came across your blog with your new referral....and love it! You are so creative!! This picture is such a treasure too! Very cool....it will be adorable in the new nursery! :)

January 8, 2008 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Manuela said...

Hola Familia!! me alegro mucho de vuestra asignaciĆ³n ENHORABUENA!!!!

Desde Murcia EspaƱa.
5 ENERO 2006

PD todo lo que teneis preparado para vuestra hija es muy bonito

January 9, 2008 4:15 AM  
Anonymous Shelba said...

What a find! It is beautiful and I love that it holds so much meaning for your family.

January 9, 2008 9:10 AM  
Blogger Lisa and Tate said...

This is just priceless... the family connection as well as the art work or it! It must have taken forever to stitch such a piece of art work!

January 12, 2008 10:36 AM  

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