Starting Hardanger Embroidery with a Butterfly Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

I found a beautiful butterfly pattern in hardanger embroidery that includes four pages of instruction called, Starting Hardanger Embroidery. It’s from a Home Art Series booklet edited by Flora Klickmann titled Hardanger and Cross Stitch.

Hardanger Butterflies Embroidery Butterfly - Vintage Crafts and More

There are several things you can do with this butterfly. Make it a corner border like the photo below, add it to clothing, a handkerchief or guest towel.

Hardanger Butterfly - Vintage Crafts and MoreHardanger Butterflies Embroidery - Vintage Crafts and More

To save the instructions for the butterfly pattern, simply click on it, it will open in another window and there you can save or print it.

For more information on hardanger embroidery check out my previous blog post, Beginning Guide to Hardanger Embroidery Stitches.

Here’s the PDF file:

Starting Hardanger Embroidery

The pattern is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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1800’s Child’s Pinafore Dress Sewing Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie will take us back to sewing in the 1800’s. Unlike the wonderful sewing patterns we have today, the patterns used in the 19th century were diagrams in magazines such as Peterson’s or Godey’s Ladies.

This is a dainty pinafore dress for a child. The material suggested to sew this pretty pinafore is Mull Muslin, Diaper or Holland.  Each of these is a thin plainwoven, opaque linen or cotton fabric. 

Childs Pinafore Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The pattern pieces include back, front, side fronts, sleeve, shoulder and trimmings. Measurements are given in inches for each pattern piece. The dotted lines on the pattern pieces represent a fold. You’ll also notice letters and asterisks to match the pieces when sewing. The trimming is your choice and could be lace.

Antique Childs Pinafore Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

You’ll need to draw the pattern using the measurements noted. Probably on wrapping, freezer or shelf paper, taping portions together as necessary. The instructions below suggest using some old muslin rather than paper.

In a May 1877 Peterson’s Ladies Magazine volume an instruction on how to enlarge their diagrams was written. It’s assumed that most ladies of this day knew the fundamentals of sewing, but there must’ve been a few questions about copying the diagrams into a sewing pattern.

Enlarging our Diagrams - May 1877 Petersons Ladies Magazine

This explanation is included with the pattern in the PDF format file link below:

1800s Child’s Pinafore Sewing Pattern

To read a file in PDF format you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

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Vintage Rainbow Afghan and Pillow Crochet Pattern

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Here’s a crochet pattern for a pretty Rainbow Afghan.

“Nothing lovelier can be imagined than a rainbow flung across the sky after a summer shower. Equally charming in a room is this “Rainbow” Afghan in coral, green and amber.”

Rainbow Afghan Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The pattern is from a Virginia Snow Studios Afghan booklet. If you’d like to read about the history of Collingbourne Mills and Virginia Snow Studios in Elgin, Illinois, the Illinois Quilt History website has a detailed story about them.

You may have also heard of the Grandma Dexter booklets. When the Collingbourne Mills expanded to include Dexter Yarn Company, Grandma Dexter was used as a fictional character featured on catalogs and instruction booklets in the 1930’s.

Reading through the history of Virginia Snow Studios, I believe this pattern is probably from the late 1920’s.

The afghan and bolster pillow use Collingbourne’s “Lustrous” Wool Rayon yarn. Looking for something similar, I found these Knit Picks Chroma Worsted Yarn 5-packs that are a 70% Wool and 30% Nylon blend. They also come in a fingerling weight and 21 different blended colors. The colors are amazing. You could probably use these variegated yarns and end up with a beautiful rainbow afghan without changing colors.

You can see the wonderful colors the Collingbourne’s yarn came in with this chart that was included in the booklet.

Collingbourne Yarn Lustrous Wool Rayon Chart - Vintage Crafts and More

Seven colors of this yarn are used in the Rainbow Afghan pattern below. Each of the balls of yarn weighed a half an ounce.

 

Virginia Snow Afghans Rainbow Crochet Pattern Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

Here’s more information about the yarns used for this afghan, giving you a better idea of what you might use for a substitute.

 

Collingbourne Yarns Information - Vintage Crafts and More

Below you’ll find the link for the instructions in PDF format:

Rainbow Afghan Crochet Pattern

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The pattern is in PDF format so to read it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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