|Please click on the photos to enlarge the pictures. Photographing this hankie was difficult!|
I collect pretty antique and vintage handkerchiefs. I like them all: embroidered, lacy, colored, and printed. I often use them in my sewing projects. I have made many of them into lovely little baby bonnets. This one was a soft linen with a lacy crocheted edge. I embroidered the blue flowers and green leafy vines with a lovely embroidery thread: DMC Floche.
The following description is from this website: http://dmc-threads.com/dmc-floche-embroidery-thread/
DMC Floche is a twisted thread made from the finest long fiber cotton, mercerized to create a beautiful finish. This superior quality thread is especially suited for fine embroidery.
DMC Floche is comprised of 4 non-divisible strands in size 16 thread, each strand equals two (2) strands of DMC Floss. Threads can be stitch in a single or multiple plies and slide easily through fabric. During the manufacturing process, the cotton is combed, singed by flamed and mercerized creating its beautiful finish. The end result does not knot, kink or fluff and is soft and gentle to the touch.
I deliberately embroidered in the center of only one side of the handkerchief so that it could be made over into something else. My thought was that Kelly might want to carry the hankie at her wedding (in her purse or whatever) and that she would give it back to me to turn into a little bonnet someday like the one I made below.
I'm a lacy hankie, as pretty as can be.
With a bit of stitching, a bonnet has been made out of me.
To be worn home from the hospital or perhaps on my christening day.
Please cherish and pack me away.
Then on her wedding day, a few stitches snipped
and a wedding hankie I'll be.
And if by chance it is a boy, someday he will wed
and to his bride he can present this hankie
once worn upon his head.