I admired this vintage butterfly pattern for years before I finally stitched it. Then I stitched it like three times! This pattern is as full as your eye tells you. But it works up quickly because it is essentially all daisy stitches and french knots. So, if you need a bit of practice with these two stitches, I suggest this one!
This particular pattern was originally an iron on transfer from Vogart Embroidery Patterns. By the look of the original packaging it looks like it was marketed in the mid 1950s.
A bit about Vogart Embroidery Patterns: This company originated in the 1930’s in Manhattan under the Vogue Needlecraft Co. In 1932 a cartoon called Mickey Mouse was created (you may have heard of it) and the Vogue Arts Co received licensing from Disney to print Mickey Mouse stamped pillowcases. Up until then all Vogue Needlecraft patterns were stamped. As you might imagine, the sales of the new Mickey Mouse patterns were very popular. These patterns were produced by a sub-company that went by the name of Vogue Art, and as their production amounts rose the company needed more space and moved to NJ. Not too long after it renamed as Vogart and began their sales of iron on transfers as well as the printed linens.
From the 1930s to the 1960s the Vogart Embroidery Pattern Co (also called the American Thread Co) published hundreds of iron on and stamped embroidery patterns. They often “recycled” or reissued designs in the later years. The pattern sets are numbered from the 100s to the 700s, although the company never produced over 600 original patterns.
This is just a touch of information on one of the three large iron on embroidery transfer companies that cranked out patterns from the mid to late 1930s to the 1960s! I hope this little bit got you excited to learn more!
Back to Vogart 692!
As I mentioned earlier, I stitched this pattern using three basic stitches: daisy, french knot, and stem (and a touch of satin stitch, if you desire). These are three great stitches for what I will call, “isolated practice”. What I mean by this is that you take the time to do these stitches over and over. As my high school band director would say, “Perfect practice makes perfect performance”. While I don’t use the word perfect in my day to day life any more (too loaded), I think his point was that intentional repetition creates the desired result.
What you can play with in this pattern is color! Ombre, scattered, all one … there are so many variations!
I have created a digital pattern and pattern guide based on the stitches I used above. The pattern will fit nicely in a 5in hoop.
Remember that these vintage patterns are no longer copyright protected. Use with care.
Now it’s time to Get Stitchy!