29 April 2012

Monogram laundry.....

Back in the day before front-loading,

high efficiency washers…



linen maids and laundresses for the royals,

along with the common folk,



would go down to the river together for washdays.



Linens of fine fabrics were displayed

for all to see while drying.



To prevent any mix-ups of yours or mine…

families began marking them with stitching to

represent their household...

monogramming


MHM

it all comes out in the wash




it's just embroidery, have fun with it!



14 comments:

Tricia Rose said...

Oh Cathy, I love that little tethered bee! (and if you don't send your address, you'll never get your bread bag...)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I like the bee too!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Bee!! We all love the bee!! And, thank you for the interesting tidbit about the start of the monogram! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love this, Cathy! A very logical history to the monogram. Who knew they'd continue to be so popular today.

Susan T said...

Any family would be proud to have one of your monograms on their linen - gorgeous.

julielorusso@gmail.com said...

Love this design. And I'm so happy to learn the original reason for monograms. You are a wealth of information!

Julie

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh WOW....you always blow me away with your work. This is just beautiful!

LuLu~*xoxo

Ridgely's Radar said...

Beautiful and I love the bee!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

That's pretty, looks like "queen bee" to me. I don't know what symbol I would use with mine. Might have to ponder that one.
Dessert looks good too :)

The Buzz Blog said...

Buzz, buzz - love the bee!
xxoo

ImSoVintage said...

I bet they shared lots of good gossip on wash days :)

pretty pink tulips said...

It's funny how something that started out as a practicality has turned into such a lovely luxury!

I do enjoy the wash so much more when I'm laundering the pretty monograms!

xoxo Elizabeth

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You are amazing!

Ticklish Moose said...

I think this is my favorite so far....but I have so many! Can you tell me which digitizing software and which machine you use? keep up the awesome, creative work!