Monday, April 7, 2008

Stitches-for-Tea


The Hospital-i-tea Blog-a-thon assignment for April 6 - April 12 is Stitches-for-Tea ~ "Share ideas and pictures that involve stitching for the tea table. Any kind of stitches count: sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, tatting, quilting, etc. The work can be yours or of someone else, but should be homemade rather than done by factory machines. Ideas are napkins, tea cozies, table linens, and other creations made with tea themes." http://gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/

The Christmas Tea Cozies and napkins in the top photo were made by my friend, Leona. She loves to sew and is generous with her fabulous talent as you can see! Leona, NG, GJ and I traveled on two trips to Japan. We were guests at Japanese tea ceremonies on both trips. The four of us have taken dance lessons together, but that is another story all together! Leona and I traveled with another friend to NYC several years ago and had tea at The Plaza Hotel Palm Court (at my request). She has become one of my best tea buddies and is always willing to visit tearooms with me when babysitting grandchildren does not interfere! By the way, babysitting grandchildren is another of our favorite activities!

The two beautiful cross stitch bread basket covers in the bottom photo were a birthday gift from my friend, Virginia. She is my neighbor's sister and is a very generous and thoughtful lady. She lived in Indiana for many years and visited MK, her sister, often on vacations and long weekends. She has gifted our family with several beautiful cross stitch pieces! We are so pleased she and her husband, JR, moved to our little town upon retirement!

17 comments:

Senkyoshi said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

La Tea Dah said...

Linda, your hand-stitched tea linens are beautiful! What lovely friends you have! And how VERY special that you have a travel group --- and that you were able to visit Japan TWICE for a Japanese Tea Ceremony! It can't get much better than that!

Thanks for sharing!
PS: Do you have photos from tea ceremony?

Carrie said...

Your tea linens are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

ellen b. said...

These are wonderful. The hand made gifts are very special I'm sure. My daughter is taking a university course that she gets credits for on the Japanese Tea Ceremony. She just ordered her tea robe for the class...

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for sharing your tea linens. They are delightful! They inspire me to take up needlework again--maybe now that I'm older and more patient, I'll fare better.

Steph said...

You have very talented friends!

Miss Sandy said...

Lovely linens. Travel and tea with friends, sounds heavenly and oh so much fun!

Alice said...

Isn't it great to have friends who share our interests, especially when it comes to tea!

Wanita said...

Your tea linens are lovely. I think I'll have to find the cross stitch patterns for the bread covers - they are so pretty.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Wonderful to have a dear friend who is not only talented, but generous! Beautiful cross-stitching!

Charli and me said...

Your tea linens are lovely. My neices and I go to tea like you and your friends but we visit local tea houses in our area. Your trips to Japan sound wonderful. I hope you share some of that and also your dancing. Thank you for visiting my blog.

mjenningsdesigns said...

They are beautiful as I have seen them in person :-)

Love,
Melissa

Sandra said...

The bread cloths are very pretty. How special to receive them as a gift.

Me said...

I love the tea cozy! It's so bright and cheery. :) The stitched linens are so intricate -- very beautiful.

Revee

Grace Yaskovic said...

what gorgeous items!!

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Linda, I loved seeing your linens. I have a breadbasket liner in the same pattern--stitched by a dear friend as well! Thanks for sharing!

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