January 31st, 2008
A very dear friend showed up at my door with this collection of Vera tea towel linens, which she gave to me. Gave! I have a few vintage Vera silk scarves that I picked up at a vintage shop in Brooklyn. I poked around the internet to try and find some information on her and all I came up with were eBay auctions, a 25-word Encyclopedia Britannica reference, and these pages from Daily Candy and Angry Chicken.
I love her colors and the sweet drawings on these linens. What surprises me is that only a few of the designs/colors appear dated or vintage lookingÃ¢â‚¬â€the elephants and the red and green flowers. Timeless design is a feat few can create. I have no idea what to do with these precious textiles. All but one is in perfect condition, so I can hardly warrant drying dishes with them or cutting them to use in projects. I did consider framing them, but they would require made-to-size frames, which sounds a little costly right now. I also thought about stitching them together as-is to form a tablecloth, but that could be ruinous. Anyone have any genius ideas? I suppose for now, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been washed and ironed and will be tucked away in a safe spot.