I did buy a linen tablecloth from the opshop for 50 cents that was stiff with starch and pulling apart at the seams. I washed it and tore it into squares, blind basted two pieces together a la Jude, and it is now lovely and soft to work with. I am doing some Kantha style stitching on it with a selection of Finca No16 threads. They are lovely to work with.
Not a lot to show for my holiday stitching but there are so many other things to do here like walking, bike riding, reading, eating, drinking, socializing, sightseeing and snoozing! Plenty of time for stitching when we get back to our regular routine and the cold weather again.