Earlier in the year I received a 2 kilo parcel of exquisite vintage embroidery and some antique lace, from a friend's mother in France who saw my work on her last visit to Australia. Several months later I received another parcel, of vintage lace trims, mostly made by hand, this time from the mother of my sister's friend - also in France. Apart from their generosity, I treasure the fact that many of these items I would never be able to find here in Australia. The generosity of strangers (friends and family) never ceases to amaze me, as this week I received another unique donation - an heirloom belonging to a friend in Melbourne - a selection of her Aunty and Grandmother's needlework which came in the vintage travel case it had been stored in. Merci beaucoup!