Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I just love antique linens, and have a closet filled with various items I use as often as possible. Tablecloths, doilies,tea cozies, table runners or dressing table covers. I even have sections of old fabrics and laces I drape tables and shelves with. The workmanship is so fine on the hand embroidered pieces...no one does that anymore.
The piece above is an antique table cloth or tea cloth from England with embroidered satin stitch flowers pieced with fagotting. The linen table cloth is really lovely. Most people don't have the patience for hand work anymore. I do cross stitch, although at the moment with a new kitten I don't dare get out my fabric and threads. I'm going to have to wait a few months until the kitten freaky behavior calms down a bit.
There is quite an interest now developing in taking tea and the relaxed way of hospitality and entertaining taking tea affords. I'm all for it. One of my favorite pastimes.
A website that is really a spectacular source of information on antique and vintage linens is Material Pleasures....apt name! You'll love it!
For more info on the tea cloth pictured above you can visit my website, Antiques And Teacups.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Okay...is it tea cozy or tea cosy? Who knows! As far as many are concerned, both are correct. But for those who aren't familiar with this integral part of taking tea, a tea cozy is a fabric or yarn cover to keep the pot warm for your next cuppa. Tea cozies have been around for several centuries and have been made in all sorts of styles and materials. They come in several sizes to match the several sizes of teapots. Many have padding layers for extra insulation. Some are so engineered that you can pour the tea out with the cozy on the teapot and with some they just sit over the pot and need to be lifted off to pur.
Tea cozies or cosies were especially popular during the victorian era, the 19th century, and were often the example of housewifely industry and skill. You can still find some great hand made tea cozies with berlin work, tapestry, cross stitch, crewel work , lace net, candlewicking and the like that took hours to make. Tea cozies are a relatively inexpensive collectible and if cared for carefully can be used as well.
To see more tea cozies, you can visit Antiques And Teacups
or our big sister site Time Was Antiques
Later tonight we get a new series of the novels Cranford on PBS which take place in England during the early 19th century. They are fun to watch for their period details. Look for tea cozies. They'll be there!
Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year from us at Antiques And Teacups. May 2010 be a year of health, hope and joy.
We have several special offers you can see in our newly released newsletter. There are offers for discounts as well as FREE shipping in the USA. The newsletter can be seen at this clickable link to the newsletter page of our website:
The newsletter contains a killer orange glazed shortbread cookie recipe, a look at egg coddlers and a link to Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas broadcast to the nation on the Royal Channel at YouTube. The Royal Channel YouTube clickable link can be seen here:
The Royal Channel on YouTube
We are enjoying adding new items all the time. We have recently added artist signed Rosina China, England cups and saucers, a discontinued Sue Scullard Dunoon Christmas mug, mottoware, tea cozies and lots of other wonderful items.
Have a wonderful day and have a cuppa tea! I'm drinking one now...Constant Comment decaf because I'm late for my tea time this afternoon. Cheers!