Here is a cute little apron that a friend of mine has hanging in her kitchen.
This apron was made using a vintage embroidered dresser scarf/table runner that had been spoiled by at least one stain. The lady who made this cut the dresser scarf up, pieced it together avoiding or covering the stains, added a few embellishments (crocheted butterflies – which might be covering spots), and added ties. Isn’t it a cute way to use up an old marred piece? Really the embroidery on it is too beautiful to throw away, so this was a great way to recycle it. My friend thought it too pretty to wear, so she made this sweet arrangement including a vintage crocheted potholder, a wooden spoon, and an old family recipe for biscuits. :-)
Do you have a piece of vintage embroidery or handwork that has been marred with a stain? Maybe you could figure out a way to transform it into something “new”. It’s a great way to shop your own stuff. I have an old pillowcase with some lovely embroidery along the edge that I’d like to recycle into another project – a sofa cushion cover, worked into a quilt or garment…something. If I get it done I’ll try to remember to post about it. :-)