Tuesday 18 February 2014

Vintage embroidery.... My absolute love of it.

Good morning dear readers.

When I  was searching the Internet for images and information on vintage stitching, I came across some lovely images which I would like to share with you.  These are not my works and I can not credit them to anyone as there is no name as to who did these beautiful pieces.

I like to look at embroidery so that I might see the stitches used and to work out what they are.  I practise every week on a new stitch so that I may learn and get better all the time.  The Internet is great for this.

Some stitches used for flowers on vintage table cloths are so beautiful.  I do not use flowers a lot on my work but the stitches used can be useful for other things that I have in mind on future projects.

I have to say that the correct needle and thread does help and I do practise on bits of vintage linens.... You really have to practise on fabrics that you use, as it can change the way the stitch turns out if not. Also always use a embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taught, it makes a huge difference.

I used to do lots of cross stitch and my lovely Mum and Dad (my husbands really but I have adopted them) have some of my work still hung up in their home.  My Dad in law said if there was a fire he would stop to grab his picture !!!! So that is a lovely to think something is loved that much that you have worked on.  Myself, apart from my husband, I would grab my two beautiful shawls that my Mum in law made for me and a quillo that she made me years ago.... oh and a quilted table cloth....

It is lovely when someone takes the time to make something for someone or that they buy a handmade item as it is unique.

Anyway I must away to stitch and draw and write.........

Happy Stitching!

Embroidery has continually played an integral part in the history of man and woman.  It not only signified certain status and wealth through the ages but it has also given
countless hours of satisfaction to those who create something of
beauty with a needle and thread.

Margaret Price

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