14 September, 2012

Early Australian Linen!

Melody and I headed to the Bundoora Homestead today to see the Early Australian Linen Exhibition. There were some gorgeous tableclothes, aprons, doilies, tea cosies and other things. They were from the collection of Gina Wilson (Early Australian Linens). The theme was Australiana.
We got to meet Gina and can you believe it, the three of us talked for two hours! These were linens from Gina's family and ones she has found in op-shops, garage sales and on eBay.
 Me, Gina and Melody.
 I loved this Captain Cook's Cottage apron.
 Aren't these budgies beautiful!
 More budgies.
 Budgie tea cosy.
 Kookaburra set not completed.
Close-up of kookaburras.
 Isn't this lyrebird set gorgeous!
Royal Coronation tablecloth.
 A table cloth for the 1954 Royal Visit.
South Australia Centenary Apron.
 Beautiful wildflowers.
 This bank book cover was made by Gina when 
she was five years old!
 If you get the chance to visit the exhibition, you only have until Sunday. There were many more linens than shown here. Thank you Gina for sharing your lovely treasures. You can see more of Gina's linen here.


Anonymous said...

wow girls that would have been so exciting,love all the embroidery,especially the budgies,so gorgeous,glad you both had a great time.xx

michelle said...

popping around a few of the blogs that i was introduced to at the exhibition. lovely to meet you while we enjoyed the embroidery

michelle said...

popping around a few of the blogs that i was introduced to at the exhibition. lovely to meet you while we enjoyed the embroidery

Michelle Ridgway said...

Fantastic display girls...looks a great day love all the photos, thanks for the tour.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love linens - thank you for sharing this display with us. Oh, drool!!

Gina E. said...

Gee you guys are quick! I have only just logged into blogger, and here you are already with a pic of my collection! It was great fun to meet you both; I think we will be seeing more of each other in the very near future ;-)

Maria said...

Some beautiful treasures there Christine..
Pleased you had a beaut day with Melody.

Cheryll said...

Oh what a beautiful collection... especially LoVe the Lyrebirds!
You both seemed to enjoy a wonderful day out! :)

Tarnyia said...

Gorgeous collection of linens... I have some of my hubbies Grandmothers bits and I remember my MIL telling me how all the ladies around here on stations would do embroidery while teaching their children in the schoolrooms... she has some gorgeous tablecloths she did xxx

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Thank you so much for sharing your outing. have a lovely weekend, hugs

Raewyn said...

Aren't they beautiful?! Thank you for sharing your photos.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Such beautiful pieces, looks like a great way to spend the day..

Anthea said...

Beautiful pieces there, such wonderful history... I love exhibitions like that & spend hours when I get the chance... Christine I hope you had a lovely birthday x

Bev C said...

Hello Christine,

Thanks so much for sharing this Australian embroidery display. I hope these designs are still available. Wouldn't that be great.

Happy days.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Darn, I forgot all about this exhibition...thanks for sharing your photos, such lovely embroidery...