In the Historic Savage Mill Antique Mall, there's a wonderful little shop called Treasure Trove Antiques, owned by Marie Neumann who specializes in vintage linens and laces.
Over the years, we've developed a friendship. One day I asked if she had any fragments or remnants of lace or beading since she tends only to put items in her shop that are in top condition.
She said she had a beaded "remnant" she would share with me next time. Would I come back?
Two weeks later, she uncovered this Victorian beaded pillow cover and my breath left my body.
This was the bitty remnant??
Embroidered and beaded onto chocolate silk velvet, the piece is in amazing condition for its age.
And the pattern is lovely.
There are a number of threads that need to be re-secured and reinforced...
But all in all, it is exquisite.
When I showed it to my crazy quilt friends, they noticed how the white beads gave the antique silver some "pop" and reminded them of native American beadwork...
And I noticed that the vines are mostly beaded feather stitch which is so easy to do...
I plan to tack it carefully to another backing and frame it to protect it from further deterioration.
So happy to get to photograph it and share it with you today.
Happy Monday everyone.
Bird love is definitely in the air.