Welcome to the 6th Tablescape Tuesday!
A few months back, I put together a tablescape using a crocheted luncheon set created by my Mom in 1956. Gollum did a wonderful posting about it on her blog, Designs by Gollum. I thought I would post it here on my blog in celebration of this week’s Tablescape Tuesday.
My Mom crocheted this luncheon set during the period she was awaiting my arrival. Despite many forays into antique shops over the years, I’ve never seen another one like it.
Here’s a picture of Mom (with me) taken right around the time she would have been completing the luncheon set. (Sorry about the quality of the pic…the original is this way, too.)
This vintage china with the pink band and the gardenia in the center, is made by International. The pattern is called Glenwood. Homer Laughlin also made this same pattern. I found it at a local antique shop and just loved it.
It amazes me, seeing them together. The crocheted pieces look like they were designed to coordinate with this china. Makes me wonder what china she used with these pieces. I’m guessing she had some particular china in mind when she crocheted them.
The placemats have a lot of intricate detail. I love the pretty spring colors of pink and green.
The gardenias in the center of the table, came from a bush that grows right by the entrance to my garage; I get to enjoy them each day as I enter and leave my home. I love to bring them into the house during their long blooming season. Their fragrance is intoxicating and within just a few hours, it fills each room of my home.
Mom also crocheted pieces to go under serving pieces. You can see one of the oval shaped pieces in the pic below.
Front side of the oval serving piece…
Each piece is double-sided. Having crocheted a fair amount myself, I know how much work went into making this luncheon set. Since each piece is double sided, it’s almost like crocheting it twice.
I paired the International Glenwood china with another floral Homer Laughlin china I already had. Here you can see a round crocheted serving piece under the bowl.
Close-up of the front…
And of the back…
Cute little doilies or hot pads…
I love the little sleeves she created for glasses…aren’t they adorable? Can’t you just see it…ladies dining out on the porch, dressed in beautiful sun dresses and big floppy hats, drinking sweet iced-tea from glasses surrounded by delicate crocheted flowers.
My sister, Glenda, who is 10 years older than me, well remembers our Mother crocheting this luncheon set. Glenda told me she wanted the set to be perfect. As she worked, if she discovered 3/4 of the way through a piece that she had made a mistake, she would finish the piece and then give it away. If she was only a short distance into a piece and noticed a mistake, she would unravel the thread and began again.
I love the story behind this picture of my Mom. I’ve been told the reason it looks so worn and creased is because my Dad carried this picture with him everywhere he was stationed during WWII.
Hope you enjoyed this journey back to a time when dining was met with great anticipation and was celebrated in the most enchanting ways.
Please take time to visit the blogs shown below. If you would like to participate in Tablescape Tuesday next week, just click on the pink Tablescape Tuesday logo at the top of my sidebar for all the details.
The following blogs have wonderful tablescapes awaiting your visit:
A Beach Cottage http://www.abeachcottage.typepad.com/
A Santamaker’s Journey http://santamakersjourney.blogspot.com/
Angelic Accents http://angelicaccents.blogspot.com/
Love From MN http://lovefrommn.blogspot.com/
More Than Heirlooms http://more-than-heirlooms.blogspot.com/
Ribbonwood Cottage http://ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com/
Sweet Nothings http://sweetnothingsbj.blogspot.com/
There is Always Thyme for… http://thereisalwaysthymefor.blogspot.com/
Welcome to Southern Lagniappe http://southernlagniappe.blogspot.com/