When recently in Canberra I visited some thrift shops for a look-see. I did get an amazing bargain.
This is a beautiful piece of Sashiko embroidery and it was priced at $2.50.
You can read about Sashiko embroidery here.
The embroidery is traditionally constructed with white embroidery thread on an indigo background.
When I thought about how long it would have taken someone to produce this piece I decided I would surely be able to find a use for it so was about to move to the cashier when one of the attendants told me that there were more pieces in the back storeroom if I would like to have a look.
She explained that the pieces had been donated by the family of a lady who had died. The family had no one who wanted the pieces and so donated them.
I paid $9 for these six pieces so now I will be able to construct something substantial with more pieces.
If you visit Pinterest you will see many and varied pieces and uses.