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Depression Lace Embroidery

I love finding second hand aprons and tablecloths embroidered in cross-stitch on gingham. I didn't realise their origins date back as far as the depression.   In those tough times, ladies wanted something pretty and lacy, so embellished plain check fabric with easy cross-stitched designs.  By using the coloured squares judiciously, a lovely result occurs with minimal effort.

Here's the beginning of my efforts using a great tutorial from Riley Blake Designs.

Cross stitch and ric-rac on checkered fabric produced this lovely lacy effect on a thrift store apron.

Cross stitch and ric-rac on checkered fabric produced this lovely lacy effect on a thrift store apron.