The squared tablecloth was a gift to my grandmother in the 1930's . It is embroidered in squares and then the squares are stitched together. The stitching between the squares looks a little like a railway line. Which is curious because the lady that worked it was a Stationmaster's wife. I must admit I don't use it it's too precious!
The tray cloth was embroidered by myself in 1961 (I was 9). It's not perfect by any means, but not bad for a 9yr. oldp.s. Excuse the layout I don't seem to have got the hang of this yet.!