For years, I almost exclusively embroidered vintage patterns. Besides the fact that I am drawn to the style of illustration from the 1930’s-50’s, I love that vintage patterns give me complete freedom to choose colors & stitch types. The downside of this, is that you eventually need someone to give you a nudge to move on and try new stitches. At least I did.
This blog series will highlight a vintage pattern each week. We will discuss stitch choices, transfer methods, hopefully some history behind the patterns, and whatever else y’all become interested in knowing more about.
Thank you for joining me!
I have been teaching others to hand embroider for a little over a year . With each stitch that I introduce, I try to give examples of how that stitch could best be used in a pattern.
So, I’ve decided to extend this idea to vintage embroidery patterns. My hope is that new stitchers (or ones stuck in a back stitch rut) will have some of the guess work taken out of choosing, and getting started on, a new embroidery project.
There is seriously is no way we can run out of vintage patterns to talk about. There are thousands! Ok, some are creepy and some are just downright odd. But there are lots of lovely florals and kitchy dancing lemons that we will explore each week.
If you are a new stitcher, we should first talk about transfer methods. aka – the way you will get the printed image on to your fabric.
1. Printing the selected image: Right click on the pattern of your choice and save the image. Then, print the image on your home printer. (I have included PDF files in this post that you can send right to your printer!)
2. Get your fabric ready by trimming it to the desired size that will fit your hoop. Give it a good once over with a hot iron. (The pattern I am featuring this week will fit swimmingly in a 5in hoop!)
3. Transfer your image on to fabric: There are many ways to do this. Today I will talk about the two I use most.
– I love using Clover transfer paper for these sorts of projects. Simply place the color waxed side of the paper on the fabric. Place the image over top of the transfer paper. Trace the image using a ball point pen or dull pencil. Keep your image in that exact spot until you are finished with the transfer. Lift up the image and transfer paper to see the image on the fabric! *Note: The transfer lines will wash out with a spritz of water.*
– You can also use an iron on transfer pen. Sublime Stitching just came out with a fantastic fine line pen that I adore! The thing to remember about using a pen, is that your image will be in reverse. Just be mindful of this when printing your image. *Note: The pen ink is permanent*
Now you are ready to stitch! Well, if you’ve chosen your threads and needles…
The links below are PDF files of the vintage rose pattern you see in this post.
One is a pattern guide that gives you stitch suggestions and the other is the pattern to print and transfer to fabric.
Now go Get Stitchy!
In The Quiet Hours Hand Embroidery