I have found yet another delightful textile challenge to amuse myself with! This is a linen supper cloth that my aunt gave me years ago. The pattern is stamped on a beautiful linen cloth. One of the motifs is a wheat ear design that requires six strands of embroidery cotton to create the texture needed. This wheat design reminds me of the many wonderful summer holidays I had on my relatives' farms during wheat harvest time.
I love the design stamped on to the cloth. The instructions are relatively simple and clear, and although I haven't done any embroidery like this for a couple of decades, I haven't forgotten how or forgotten how much I enjoy stitching.
Once was that projects like these were quite common, and many women my age have inherited embroidered table cloths like these. My mother says that when she was young women would knit all wintet and embroider in the summer when the weather was hot. Apparently in the small Australian rural areas where she was raised, women were never without a craft project to do when they went visiting. Glory box days are gone, but embroidering beautiful supper cloths is still a richly satisfying activity. I just have to sew my pink jumper together to release a craft bag to put this project into!