C’est Magnifique

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Oo la la! What a find I had yesterday on my first rummage in the charity shops this year. I set myself the challenge of visiting them less frequently as my “padded cell” of a studio soon won’t have room for me. However, when I find something as joyful as these it’s hard to resist just popping in.

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Delightful non?….oh how my brain went into overdrive, but first to translation….from the top….
He loves me
Passionately,fervently
Literally to madness
A little bit
Not at all.

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Two of the napkins have an embroidered letter in one corner. I think its a V but could possibly be an N…..

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The rest of the set have a very faint trace of the same letter that has been left unstitched. So,what’s the story,who is,or probably was V and he? Did he fall out of love with her during an eight course meal perhaps? Did she embroider them as a look back at how his feelings changed? Or does each napkin represent a different relationship? I guess I will never know but oh the joy of picturing the many possible scenarios.
Script on fabric is a current trend and something I have been thinking about this week to ease back into creative mode…..

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But whatever I create it’s not going to have the romance and wonder of the napkins I suspect. What’s your thoughts on them?…..

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17 responses »

  1. How very delicious!! You lucky thing – well found! I read it as an N but who knows…could they even be cocktail napkins?? Kerry over at Love those hands at work showed some beauties a few days back and these remind me of them..did the French do cocktail napkins?? Who knows??! xxxxx

    • Strange that I should find them in the week you did Epiphany blog on embroidering the families life. I would love to know the story here and all about N or V and whom ever they may be. Love the cocktail napkin idea! Ooo la la indeed…

  2. I do believe Kate, at Maison Bentley, is right that these are cocktail napkins! The embroidery makes me think of the game we played as children, pulling petals off a daisy and saying, “he loves me, he loves me not.” Maybe each person picked a napkin, randomly, at a cocktail party and got the answer to how “he loves me”?! Such a wonderful find!

  3. You ladies, Vintage Attitude and Maison Bentley, with your cocktail napkins and embroidered bedlinen are making me feel quite the uncouth slob this week! I love peering into your worlds, but standing over here at a distance. Otherwise I’d get my grubby paws over everything and you’d chase me from the front step! I feel a bit like Pip gazing over at Estella in Great Expectations 🙂

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