Come on and talk to me . . .
Sometimes, when I see just one perfect vintage treasure, that old song from the 1950s pops into my mind.
Some items are just so simple and understated and perfect, that I wish I knew their full story. I wish they could talk and tell me where they came from, who made them and used them and loved them. “Come on and talk to me . . . “
Such is the case with this little baker’s cloth, with its sweet red embroidery of a pastry-crimping tool
I actually do know more about this cloth than many vintage linens that find their way to me. I bought the cloth on eBay and the woman who sold it to me sent along a note.
My little cloth came from Sweden and has been used by three generations of girls in one family. It was used to cover rising dough for bullar (buns), which are made with cardamom, and limpa bread, which is scented with anise and fennel.
But, of course, I’d like to know more. When was it made? Were the women who used it homemakers, who made all their own breads, or was this kept for rare occasions of holiday baking?
Who did the stitching? A practiced hand, certainly; the stitches are infinitesimal! Did she make a practice of decorating her kitchen linens in this simple, effective way? Did she pass her skills down to her daughters, and through generations?
When did the little towel come to the United States? Was it a gift from a mother to a daughter who was leaving home and moving so far away? Was it brought to America as a little reminder of home, and family, and tradition?
And why was it sold?! It’s so small and easily stored or displayed—surely the previous owner could’ve found a spot for it?
But, she didn’t. She passed it along to me, saying, “It has been well loved, and we hope you will have your day brightened by the cheerful red embroidery!”
I have, indeed, had my day brightened, and this little bitty pretty one continues to be well loved!
What little bitty pretty treasures in your home just make you smile and say, “Come on and talk to me”?