Cross Stitch Design Charts in Color by Anne Champe Orr

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Cross Stitch Charted Flower Designs

Today’s freebie pattern is a full page colored charts for cross stitch. First there are flower edgings, flowers in baskets, flowers in a vase all very pretty. Then there is a good sized spray of pansies or morning glories, I can’t tell, it’s below, what do you think?

 

Pansy Colored Cross Stitch Chart

Clark’s Designs Booklet

Since this page came from a 1922 Clark’s O.N.T. Designs Booklet No. 15, there wasn’t any Coats yet. The Spool Cotton Company published the booklet with cross stitch and crochet designs. Not to mention the cost was only 10 cents at the time.

 

For More History on Anne Orr

If you’d like to learn a bit more about Anne Orr, there is a short History of Anne Champe Orr on The Shuttle Smith Tatting blog. Additionally, with this history is a listing of her publications in numerical order. Some are left blank, but it’s a start if you’d like to collect them all.

 

This book titled The Quilters Hall of Fame: 42 Masters Who Have Shaped Our Art has several pages devoted to Anne Orr’s contribution to the Needlework Arts.

In addition to the information about her life, there are several photographs and cited resource books. It would be fun to look into the books for more research and patterns.

Overall the book is well worth owning, just to put a face to the name of some of the historical figures in the quilting world.

 

A Couple Other Blog Posts of Her Designs

Again I’ve shared a couple other patterns from Anne Orr booklets. You can find them at the links below:

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns

Vintage Knitted Edgings and Insertion Patterns

 

Cross Stitch Chart in Color

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After clicking on the chart page, it will open in a new window and there you can right click to save it to print.


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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.

antique pattern library berlin wool work patterns

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.

old time cross stitch snowflakes - vintage crafts and more

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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Cross Stitch Flower Border Pattern Charts

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

This is another pretty cross stitch chart from Thérèse de Dillmont. These particular patterns come from a DMC Library Cross Stitch New Designs 6th Series booklet (Bibliothéque DMC Point De Croix Nouveaux Dessins 6me Série) by TH. DE Dillmont.

It contains several different types of borders, wide, thin, and all over motifs plus designs of people. Some of the designs include three couples in national costumes, farmers, bakers and circus scenes including jugglers, acrobats and clowns.

Cross Stitch Flower Border - Vintage Crafts and MoresTo save these designs, simply click on the image above. It will open in a new window and there you can use the right click menu to “save image as” or print using your computer’s options. You can also use the green print friendly button at the bottom of this post.

I shared a chart of bunnies from one of her other booklets back in February. If you like this post, be sure to visit our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

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Cross Stitch Easter Bunny Rabbit Patterns

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

I’ve found some very old cross stitch charts of bunnies. These are from the late 1800s. They are part of the DMC Library, Point De Croix (Cross Stitch) Nouveaux Dessin (New Design) Series, edited by Thérèse de Dillmont (1846–1890).

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Thérèse de Dillmont
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Thérèse was an Austrian needleworker and writer. An important pioneer in the enterprise of hobby needlework in the late nineteenth century.

You’ll see her name abbreviated as TH. DE Dillmont on publications.

Since her name was such an asset to the DMC company, even after her death DMC continued to use her name on many of their published books.

Encyclopedia of Needlework is her most famous work and has been translated into 17 languages. My copy is pictured below. I bought it many years ago in an antique shop. Wouldn’t part with it. There have been many editions published since it first came out in 1886.

Mine doesn’t have a date and I haven’t researched to find out when it may have been published. It’s a small book, only 3½ x 5½ inches and quite thick with over 800 pages.

Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de DillmontEncyclopdedia of Needlework by Terese de Dillmont Cover PageEncyclopdedia of Needlework by Terese de Dillmont PageEncyclopedia of Needlework

It can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenburg, a website that offers over 50,000 free ebooks, most in the public domain that have been digitized by volunteers.

If you’d like a hardcover copy of her book, Amazon has several from third-party sellers, some do look like the 1950s edition.

You’ll find many similar to mine for sale on Ebay as well. The prices are all over the place. From $12.75 to $100.00. I paid $25 for mine and it’s in pretty good shape.

Here are the cross stitch patterns. They’re in color and look like a lot of fun.

To save these cute designs, simply click on them. They’ll open in a new window and there you can use the right click menu to “save image as” or print using your computer’s options. You can also use the green print friendly button at the bottom of this post.

Bunny Rabbit Cross Stitch Pattern

Art Nouveau cross stitch designs

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Daffodil Luncheon Set Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern

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Welcome to the VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie is from an early 1900’s Star Needlework Journal. I have quite a few Star Needlework Journals and I love flipping through the pages seeing all of the different kinds of projects in them.

This one is a cross stitched Daffodil Luncheon Set. Designs for a tablecloth and napkins. It’s pictured on the front cover.

Daffodil Luncheon Set Star Needlework Journal

A linen with an even weave is used for the cross stitching. The project uses American Thread Company’s “Silkline” Art Thread and Crochet Cotton.

Since the American Thread Company has been out of business for a long time, I don’t have a conversion chart for the numbers but the colors are listed next to the symbols.

Here are the diagrams and instructions:

Daffodil Luncheon Set Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern

The PDF file is below:

Daffodil Luncheon Set Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern

The pattern sheet is in PDF format so to download 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. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

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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Cross Stitch Alphabet Chart for Monograms – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

This set of Cross Stitch monograms will be useful for personalizing gifts.

They can be made any size, depending on the size of the cross stitch. To make the letters larger or smaller, redraw in squares to desired size.

The position of the stitches may be marked on the fabric, or if threads of fabric are pronounced, stitches may be made by following threads without marking.

Cross Stitch Monograms - Vintage Crafts and More

Simply click on the chart, it will open in another window so you can save or print it. If you’d rather download the chart for later, the pdf file is below:

Cross Stitch Monogram Sheet

The pattern sheet 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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Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

The great thing about filet crochet patterns is they can be used as cross stitch patterns as well.

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More Basket

These charts are from an early 1900’s Anne Orr booklet. They will get you started on a few baby items you can give as gifts or keep for yourself.

I’ve shared patterns from my Anne Orr booklets before and thought it would be fun to do some research on her and her contributions to the needlework community. As I started, I realized her contribution was so vast that I would like to devote a whole post to her biography and designs in the future.

Anne Champe Orr

Anne Orr (1869-1947)
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For now, a quick paragraph will have to do.

Her full name was Anne Claiborne Champe Orr and she was born and lived in Tennessee, involved in many charitable works there.

Her career began with the Coats and Clark Thread Company but she eventually went on to own her own publishing company and published her design booklets through it. Her area of expertise was charted patterns.

She was a trailblazer in the needlework field, not just as a designer, but for the ability to provide employment for many others.

To be continued…….

One thing I find over and over again with the early booklets, is the pages are sometimes off center or skewed. As much as I try to scan them straight, there still seems to be a little lean to them, but all-in-all they’re still very useful.

Each of the patterns below can be clicked on, opened in a new window and saved or printed.  If you’d like to have all of them on one sheet to save for later, the PDF file is located at the end of the post.

I’ve added some stitching suggestions provided for each chart in the booklet in my own words.

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns BABY - Vintage Crafts and More

This medallion marked “Baby” is useful crocheted in 80 thread and put on a wide ribbon that’s used at the top of a gift bag. Also pretty cross stitched in blue letters, with pink flowers and green leaves.

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns BABY - Vintage Crafts and More

The violets can be cross stitched in lavenders with green leaves and stems, on a towel, on either side of initials, or on a sachet bag.

 

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns Geese - Vintage Crafts and More

 

The geese will make lovely borders for curtains. They can easily be made the right length to fit the width of material by adding closed meshes at either end and between groups of geese in the center.

This is also true if they are cross stitched on unbleached curtains in yellow, or any color, to match the nursery.

 

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns 2 - Vintage Crafts and More

 

The little dainty basket and flower can be used for a baby towel, with a gray basket and delicate rose flowers filling it.

 

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns 2 - Vintage Crafts and More

In filet crochet, this pretty bow knot can be made as the side, top and bottom of a child’s blanket.

Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns PDF

The pattern sheet 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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Spring Time Cross Stitch Pattern Designs of Flowers, Borders and Edgings

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Spring has not sprung around here yet, even in sunny northern Florida we’re still having nights in the 30’s and April is almost here!Vintage Crafts and More - Flower Border Cross Stitch PatternsThis colorful page of cross stitch patterns from a Star Needlework Journal published in 1923 should give us a little hint of Spring if only on our needlework fabric.

Vintage Crafts and More - Spring Cross Stitch PatternsBelow is a darker scanned image of the page to show some of the grid lines:

Vintage Crafts and More - Spring Cross Stitch Patterns with Grid

To print either sheet, click on it, it will open in a new window,  click on the image to enlarge it (you should see the magnifying glass with a plus sign in it), once it’s enlarged, go to file, print and you’ll have a printed copy of the page.

Also the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the post will give you some options for printing or saving.

Since the grid didn’t show up very well, I used this free web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch patterns called KnitPro 2.0. I created a grid for two of the motifs.

Flower Border Cross Stitch Pattern Grid

Floral Bouquet Cross Stitch Pattern Grid

These patterns are in PDF format so to download them 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.

Enjoy!