Even though one of my oldest unfinished projects (UFO) was 23 years old, it is not the oldest UFO in my house.
I have several linens my mother started and never finished. I suppose these two pieces are from the 1930's or 1940's. The one on the left is for a pillow and just needed to be seamed and stuffed. The piece on the right is for a child's bib, probably intended for one of my brothers.
Only the birds and a few flowers have been embroidered on this dresser scarf. It is probably from the late 1950s or early 1960s My mother loved to embroider. I have numerous completed pillow cases and scarves that I still use. When I see them, I remember so many of the good times that we shared.
This vanity set is nearly complete. The floss-color suggestions are printed right on the fabric. Mom did not crochet, yet many of her finished items have crocheted edging, probably done by a neighbor or friend.
When I look at these incomplete projects, I am filled with sadness that the neglected objects will never be finished. I wonder if these pieces will be discarded once I am no longer their guardian, discarded by someone who did not know the woman who began them so long ago. She was my mother and my role model.
Do you have any needlework or handwork from your mother or grandmother?