Out of the blue I received an email from a lady who had a tablecloth that “needed a good home” and would I be interested in restoring it. I replied “sure”, although many times they aren’t worth much more than the cost of sending them to me. When it arrived my jaw hit the floor. Wow! Even more stunning was it was its history. The letter she enclosed with it said…
“The tablecloth belonged to my mother-in-law who told me it was created by Eskimo women. The story was that they crocheted the squares individually during the winter months and them came together in the summer and joined all of the pieces. I googled all sorts of entries including “lace” and “Intuit” or “Eskimo” women in the wording and could find nothing on the practice. However, the “stars” in the pattern are of somewhat different sizes, so it is reasonable that the pieces could have been created by different women. I believe its age to be from the 50’s or 60’s”.
This one differs from most of its counterparts by the size thread used. This one is small and ever so delicate. It is 100% cotton thread. It measures 160” x 65” and in flawless condition. See how perfectly it fits on my dining room table. But, once again, I follow the rule “you buy it, you sell it”. It ain’t easy being me.
Hand washed, air dried and pressed. Excellent condition c. 1950 – 60’s