When I “vacation” at my mother’s house in Mississippi, a large amount of my time is spent sifting through old issues of decorating magazines. I have always had an addiction to these mini-how-to books. Today, in a two year old issue of Country Home, I found a short article on the lost art of hand embroidery. From 1875-1925, hand embroidery was a domestic activity popular on both sides of the ocean with both farm wives and society ladies. Stitched on sturdy linen, most table cloths were made to imitate the once upper-class luxury. Now, there is a renewed interest in this art. You can find linens at estate sales from a few dollars to a few hundred. Each piece has a story that is as unique as it is beautiful.