Today, I suppose I shall go a little off-topic, as this item is not really related to hand embroidery. In fact, there’s not an embroidery stitch on it! But fabric and embellishment with fabric fall into the same realm as hand embroidery – somehow – so I thought I’d stretch the niche a bit and show you some photos of a little treasure I came across as I was going through my mom’s things this weekend. It’s a menu. Really, it’s a food menu.
Umpteen years ago, my Mom went to Hong Kong to see my Dad, and while they were there, they went to Gaddi’s Restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel, where the menus were embellished with a fabric applique of a Chinese lady. I thought I’d show it to you for two reasons: 1. it’s fabric applique; and 2. I think it’s pretty!
The cover of the menu is very simple, in fact. The lady stands in the middle, adorned in her silk native-looking costume, and holding a menu. A really large turquoise tassel dangles down the left side, and a little bit of script indicates the name of the restaurant and its location.
I suppose the face is probably silk screened, but I don’t know for sure, so I stand to be corrected by anyone who might know! The silver embellishment on the lapel and the gold in the hair look like some kind of foil.
The fabric of the costume is shot through with silver in a floral design, and a red cord hangs down the lady’s side, arranged carefully and pinned neatly with another gold foil ornament.
Simple red script names the restaurant and location.
The inside is not quite as pretty as the outside!
I think this lovely little figure would be fun to copy, either as an embroidery pattern or as an applique. It’d probably be neat to fix it in another setting, too, combined with stitches and other embellishment.
But I don’t really have the heart to take the menu apart!