Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TEA IN THE GARDEN with the Sunbonnet Ladies

Hello blogging friends and 
welcome to Tea In The Garden. 

 I have heard some different names for vintage ladies that are embroidered on old linens: sunbonnet ladies, crinoline ladies, etc.  I have a definite passion for them!  Last week I sewed a piece using different linens that fits on my bench and it would also fit on a deep mantle to form a large scarf.

As you can see I put the biggest lady in the center as focal point:

I also recently found a fun apron someone had embroidered but never finished. 
 All I had to do was sew on the pockets.

I don't crochet but someone sure could
when they made this basket doily:

Our nights have turned quite cool and we have had more
 rain than usual all summer here so that is nice.  

As you can see, I have some tea towels
 and runners with Sun Bonnet Ladies.
I also have 3 cups and saucers with the ladies on gold filligree backgrounds.
  Perhaps you have seen some of these from the 1930's - 1940's?

Please pour yourself a cup of tea!

Later note from 2022:  As I look back at these
old photos I see many items - such as the teapot
that I no longer own!


  1. You're so creative with your vintage linens, Bernideen, and you always find such beautiful ones. I'm so happy to still be out in your garden for tea today. Thank you for hosting your lovely party.

  2. Enjoyed seeing all of your pretty Ladies
    :) Ruthie

  3. Your Sunbonnet ladies are so sweet, Bernideen. You have a lovely collection of linens. As always, your table is charming there in your garden. Mr. Squirrel is cute as well.
    I was having an awful time with squirrels until we got the new feeder and put it on the clothesline. They keep coming up on the deck and trying to jump on to the feeder but we have the feeder out too far so they have to be content now picking up the ones that drop from the feeder. Finally, a solution! The trouble with squirrels is that they are very cute but they won't share the feeders with the birds. And the birds are afraid of them. I am a nature lover at heart but those rascals can really make a pig of themselves.


  4. You have a lovely collection of sunbonnet ladies Bernideen and I always enjoy when you share them.
    Your tea table in the garden is welcoming and I had a good look over your colourful flowers in the garden nearby.

  5. You always set the loveliest garden tea tables B. I love every visit to your beautiful home and gardens. When I was young, my mother taught me embroidery and it was these ladies I remember best of all the things I did.
    sending hugs...

  6. I have a weakness for those too! What a good idea to make a runner with them.

  7. Hi Bernideen,
    I love your sun bonnet ladies onthe table runner, tea towels and apron. I also have one on a dresser scarf. Your teacups are so perfectly matched and I must remember to display my teacup stand too. Your teapots are amazing! Such a very pretty Tea in the Garden. I hope that we can enjoy a few more this month. Thank you for hosting today. Have a wonderful week! Karen

  8. Ok, I am coveting your table. I love all the ladies. I better go pray. Your able is totally amazing. Love it all. Especially the tea cups. Stunning. Thanks for sharing them with us. Blessings, Martha

  9. I don't know what happen to my comment. But it is worth saying again. Love, love, love your table today. Everything about it, screams my name. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, Martha

  10. I don't know what happen to my comment. But it is worth saying again. Love, love, love your table today. Everything about it, screams my name. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, Martha

  11. Bernideen--you have such lovely linens! Your ladies tea is beautiful with all the different linens and the cups and saucers with gold and ladies. Your garden is so pretty! Thanks for hosting. Have a great week :).

  12. Your tea towels are so beautiful, Bernideen. The tea presentation is so pretty, as usual...Christine

  13. Bernideen, your garden is so peaceful, I don't see how you would ever want to leave it. Love the sunbonnet ladies!

  14. Your sunbonnet ladies are adorable, Bernideen! Your garden is looking good too. I heard there was some snow in Denver today. Oh my!

  15. Love every stitch every inch! A Pick of the Week!

  16. OMGosh! love love your Sun Bonnet ladies. I just got through embroidering some towels with Sun Bonnet Ladies on them. Your display looks so beautiful. Wish I could link up but I don't have a post ready for my tea cups. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  17. Loved those sunbonnet ladies. What a great collection.

  18. Hello dear friend, your collection is just stunning. I love these little ladies and this look. I spotted the Tasha Tudor cookbook right away...yeah! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful linens with us. Hope you are having a lovely weekend,

  19. Hi Bernideen. Couldn't get the link to open with my iPad when I was traveling, so missed the link up. I love your Sunbonnet ladies! The pattern is called Crinoline Ladies in England and Australia and is very popular. I love your collection of linens! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  20. Beautiful post! Love anything Tasha Tudor as well!!! Wonderful linens- wow!

  21. Bernideen, you have so many lovely linens! Just love them all! The apron is so cute and I love the runner that you made on the bench. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. Your garden is always so colorful and inviting! Love your sunbonnet ladies in their many forms, simply lovely!

  23. You've always had a great linen collection, but seeing all these Sunbonnet Ladies together is absolutely delightful!

  24. I often wonder how long it takes you to set up the scenes for your photos Bernideen. Always pretty.


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