Lovely Rose Design for a Slipper in Berlin Wool Work

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Berlin wool work is a type of embroidery similar to today’s needlepoint. Typically it’s wool yarn on canvas. For the most part, it is worked in a single stitch, like cross stitch, but some books demonstrate several different stitches for use in Berlin work.

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Most notable for the bright dyes and colors of yarn in the designs, it is also a  durable type of embroidery that can be used for furniture, cushions, bags and some clothing.

Berlin wool work started in Berlin, Germany, early in the 19th century. At first, the patterns were printed in black and white on a grid and later hand-colored. You can find Berlin wool work one page patterns published in ladies’ magazines in the 1800’s.

During the Victorian Era Berlin work became popular as more women had leisure time to do needlework. The designs during this period were romantic, floral and some times quotations such as “Home Sweet Home”.

Once the Arts and Crafts movement came along, tastes changed and Berlin wool work wasn’t as popular.

Rose Slipper Pattern

This is a beautiful pattern for a slipper done in Berlin wool work. There are lovely shaded red roses and leaves stitched on the top and sides of the slipper. Published in The Young Ladies Journal in July 1882, this Victorian design could also be used as counted cross stitch.

 

Design for Slipper in Berlin Wool Work

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Design for Slipper in Berlin Wool Work PDF

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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Another Berlin Wool Work Slipper Pattern

For another Victorian Berlin Wool Work Slipper pattern see this blog post.

Antique Pattern Library

The Antique Pattern Library has more slipper patterns and many others on their Berlin Wool Work Resource Page.

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Cross Stitch Snowflakes or Border Embroidery Patterns

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

Today I’m posting a chart from an antique French embroidery design booklet. The charts are quick and easy cross stitch for what looks like snowflakes or designs that could be used as a border.

Imagine them scattered on a decorative pillow cover in red and white, blue and white or as a border on a towel or pillowcase.

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Also a couple of the designs could be used with the craft of “chicken scratch” on gingham. If you’ve never heard of it, I’ve done a blog post about it titled Chicken Scratch Embroidery – What is it and how to do it.

Be sure to check out this previous blog post of the Alphabet in Cross Stitch for Monograms.

To Download Chart: Right-Click on the image and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or click on it, it will open in a new window and there you can save or print it.


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A Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet Chart

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

I thought today I would share a cross stitch alphabet for monograms on clothing and linens. The cross stitch alphabet is also great to use to personalize gifts, stitch verses, wedding and birth records, and as a way to sign your name to your work.

I’m leaving this cross stitch alphabet in .jpg format so that after you’ve saved it you will be able to open it in the photo editing software of your choice so you can resize, crop, touch up, etc.

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.

Alphabet cross stitch

Some of the things you can do to alter the alphabet is change thread colors, use a different palette besides the blue with black outline. You could make a pattern inside the letters or use backstitches instead of cross stitches for the outline.

By adding stitches between and around the letters or maybe lining the letters up in a crooked or wavy line will give your work a whimsical look.


These Velour Guest Towels by Charles Craft measure 12 by 19½ inches and would be nice as monogrammed gifts for Christmas, a wedding or new home.

They are 100% cotton and come in several colors. The velour is soft and plush while the 14-count Aida is easy to stitch.

 

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