Finds of the Week #17

It seems that I’m finding unusual things lately, or I’ve just become more attracted to them.

No… I don’t think that’s it. I’ve always been attracted to things that I’ve never seen before.

Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes that’s bad. lol.

But I’m happy to say that in the case of this handmade vintage embroidered floral and foliate piece it’s good.

It’s about 18″ from top to bottom, including the stem.


Honestly I have no idea what this piece would even be used for, but it’s so pretty… and pretty florals have a way of catching my eye.

They jump right out at me quite brazenly, and easily convince me to take them home.

Actually there’s not much convincing required. lol. I’m a real sucker for florals and they seem to know it.


My research tells me that this is a Hungarian Kalocsa doily tablecloth, but it’s such an odd shape I’m really not so sure about that.

It was probably made somewhere in the 60s or 70s.


If it was put on a table it should certainly be left without anything on it.

It’s really too beautiful to cover up.


Kalocsa embroidery is inspired by images from nature, and tends to be very colourful.


All the details in this piece are quite amazing.


I found a lot of smaller Kalocsa doilies a while back.


I think just about every colour of the rainbow is in this piece, and it all works together beautifully.


The hours of work put into this piece totally boggles my mind.

In this house of four felines it wouldn’t last long on a table, so I think I may have to figure out a way to frame it.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!

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  1. Wow…what a lovely piece. It is so colorful and the work is exquisite. Someone did a wonderful job. It would look very pretty framed and I look forward to seeing what you do with it. 🙂

  2. Beautiful piece of embroidery. I feel the need to save these orphan pieces since someone spent so much time making it. I have used Heat Bond to attached pieces to pillows.

  3. That is gorgeous.
    I would have that mounted in a shadow box or have framed and hang on the wall

  4. Such a pretty piece. I can't imagine the put into this detail


    1. I can't even imagine the time it must have taken. Whoever made this has my deep admiration.

  5. Wow, what a beauty! I cannot imagine sitting for so long to create such a beautiful piece of embroidered artwork…that definitely involves patience and talent!

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration, sweet friend.

  6. So pretty! Would look great on a round glass table but I know you're concerned about your kitties taking hold. Framing is a wonderful option, too!

  7. It is beautiful! It would have caught my attention, too. I love how you found some background on the piece. Framing it is the PERFECT choice! Love it!

  8. Lovely. Glad it found an appreciative home. I think you are right about framing it.

    1. Thanks Susan. Now I just have to decide how I'm going to do it. That could take a while. lol.

  9. What a pretty and colorful embroidery piece. I love all of the pretty details and thanks for sharing. Have a nice Thursday and weekend!
    Julie xo

  10. I can't even imagine how many hours it took to create this, so many pretty details. It may be too large, but I wonder if it's a bun warmer. Not sure if that's the official name, but you would place it in a basket upside down, add your buns or rolls, then fold over the all the ends to keep everything warm.

  11. Very lovely piece. My first thought was that it was a Canadian maple leaf shape. Not quite that shape though. You could put it on a table under glass to protect it from playful kitties.

    1. Thanks Sheila. It's even more beautiful in person. That's a wonderful idea.

  12. Such a delicately gorgeous piece. I can't even imagine the patience, skill, and time thay went into these piec
    Linens. Great find!

  13. It truly is beautiful and unique Tuula. Amazing work! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. It’s a bread basket cover

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Dawn! I was wondering what it was. 🙂