Portugal is famed for its beautiful embroidery and I was hoping to find some love hankies, but was fairly unsuccessful in my search–all I managed was this small hankie with an appliquéd tulip on it. For those who don't know, love hankies were made by young girls as gifts for their loved ones. The hankies were decorated with flowers, birds, keys, and other tokens of love. Because the girls usually lacked schooling words might be misspelled, which only adds to the charm of the hankies.
Everywhere you look there are tiles: modern tiles, old tiles, abstract tiles and figurative tiles, even the pavements are tiled, which can become slippery when wet! Below are a selection of my favourite tiles, cobbles and tree warmers.
|Tiles, cobbles and tree|
covered in crochet.
I was already thinking of a tumbling blocks wall hanging, but when I saw the above tiles, it was too much of a coincidence to ignore! So tumbling blocks it is, and the layout below will be my design. It's not overly complicated, but there's enough going on to keep me interested, now I just need to order the fabric.