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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

{ girlhood embroidery }

...gotta love a good read.
or, in my case,
gotta love the books filled with inspirational photographs of early needlework
from the collection of
Betty Ring....
 
 
while living in CT, where I grew up,
I was fortunate to find the set of books from a dealer.
the set cost me a mere 30.00
and by today's standards that was a bargain....
 
 
 I was doing some research on Betty Ring's collection,
and found out that these books are now appraised at over 200.00 each!
a pleasant suprise for sure :)
 
 
 
I stitched this sampler below, back in 1997 using inspiration from these books:
 
 
 
how things have changed!
...do any of you have these books??
 
Lori from
Notforgotten Farm

15 comments:

Patti said...

$30?!?! Oh lucky you! They have been on my wish list forever. Am hoping to one day come across a set at a used bookstore or our annual library sale ;) Until then I will dream...
Blessings, Patti

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

I know Patti! but, when I purchased them for the 30.00, at the time, that was alot me us!!! it was an 'investment' (so I told my hubby) and it has surely paid off...in more ways than one :)
Hope you can find some...try Amazon, but sometimes the conditions of the books are not what they're offered as.
be careful!
~ L

Sandra said...

I have them and love them as much today as I did when I purchased them a very long time ago. Believe me, I didn't pay just $30.00. Lucky girl!
Blessings,
Sandra
Homespun Elegance
www.plainfancymerchant.blogspot.com

Three Sheep Studio said...

No books here, but I love a good bargain ! Looks like you hit pay dirt. ;)
The sampler you stitched is a gem.
Rose

Melissa said...

How fortunate that you got these wonderful books when you did! What foresight! (You can tell your DH that!)

Love that little sampler you stitched. Will you chart it for sale? Hmmm?

Sonja of Hickety Pickety said...

My local library has let me buy needlework~quilting books in the past. Those type of books aren't checked out much and they can use the money to buy books that are more current and popular.

Just an idea....Take Care, Sonja

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Pure contentment in the palm of your hands. I can just image you looking through them while sitting on the porch with a cold iced tea.
Smiles, Nan

dogwoodfarm said...

Great books Lori, wished I had them!
It's so refreshing to be seeing so much wonderful needle work. Your sampler is beautiful!
xo Louise

Anonymous said...

They are next on my list for an inter library loan. That is a very pretty sampler. Mouse

Chris said...

I have many sampler books. I always love looking through them.

shawn said...

Wow, that is wonderful for you to have found that out about the books. Great
(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

Penelope's Beehive said...

Certainly two of my favourite books! Perfect reading for a lazy sort of day.
Wishing you joy...
Judy

sheravery said...

Oh, lucky you. I have wanted those books ever since I first became aware of their existence. I keep dropping hints to Santa, but so far, they have been absent from his sack. Perhaps this year. Love the sampler you made- very nice.

-Sherry-

Kim said...

Love the books, but really love your sampler!!! Will you chart it for sale? It is so sweet and not too big!!!

Rosemary said...

I bought those books new, and they were 200.00 for the set. You got a bargain!

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