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

PDF File for Download

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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A Lesson on Hemstitching Drawn Thread Needlework

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Hemstitching

It’s a popular type of ornamental needlework where you arrange and group threads in different ways. Hemstitching is a type of openwork, the warp of threads are drawn from the fabric and then drawn together by various stitches that form open patterns.

 

A Lesson on Hemstitching Needlework

 

By grouping and sewing the threads in different stitches you can make up many combinations of design. Hemstitching can be the sole decoration on the piece or can be combined with other types of embroidery.

For simple hemstitching, draw out threads above the edge of a hem that has been basted in to any desired width.

Then with a needle and thread cross and group the threads making decorative clusters.

 

 

Mexican Drawn Thread Work

This hemstitching is similar to Mexican Drawn Thread Work. Previously, I wrote a post on that. Find it here: Mexican Thread Drawn Work Instructions and Patterns

 

Lesson on Hemstitching

Lesson on Hemstitching

 

PDF file to download below

This is a two page PDF file of the pages above that explains what hemstitching is and has instructions and illustrations for doing drawn thread work.

Lesson on Hemstitching Needlework

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.

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A Scholehouse For The Needle Book Seventeenth Century Embroidery Patterns

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embroidery-sprigs-bug-vintage-crafts-and-moreThe embroidery sprigs found on this blog post are from the pattern book A Scholehouse for the Needle by Richard Shorleyker published in 1632, but I found these examples in a book titled Embroidery edited by Mrs. Archibald H. Christie and published in 1909.

 

Embroidery Book

It is “A collection of articles on subjects connected with the study of fine needlework, including stitches, materials, methods of work, and designing, and history, with numerous illustrations and coloured plates of modern work.

Here are more embroidery books written and edited by Mrs. Grace Christie.

 

The book I used I found on Archive.org. You can choose from several different download options. I usually download the PDF file. It’s easy and fast, just remember where you save it so you can find it later. Most of the time I save mine to the desktop, then I move them to the proper file. Here’s the link:  Embroidery.

Samplers and Pattern Books

When you study collections of samplers from a long time ago, you’ll notice that they often have certain details in common. Such as a little cross stitch bird, baskets of fruit and flowers, borders and floral sprigs. That leads us to believe that the needleworkers of that time may have chosen elements for their designs from the same book of patterns.

Few of these pattern books survived in comparison to the great many that once existed, but it’s not surprising, since they were greatly used, often pricked through the print of the pattern and pounced through perforations onto the material. This way of making tracings, and sometimes pages being ripped out, most certainly hurt the books, making editions very hard to find.

History of Lace

For more information on old pattern books, Mrs. Bury Palliser’s History of Lace has an appendix with a long list of them with descriptive notes. You can find this book and many others at Archive.org.

There is a copy published in 1865 and also one that was published ten years later in 1875.  They are in several languages and cover the period of 1527 to 1784. Many of them concern lace, but some of the books have designs specially arranged for embroidery.

If you’d like a hard copy of History of Lace by Mrs. Bury Palliser, Dover Publishing has a reproduced copy available on Amazon. I did find a couple originals for sale, but they were $94 and up.

A Scholehouse For The Needle

One English book, which has special interest for embroiderers is A Scholehouse for the Needle by Richard Shorleyker printed in London in 1632. It’s a teaching book with patterns and examples with an emphasis on arranging your own designs.

For this reason even today this book is beneficial but hard to find. Doing a search for it, all I found were reproduced copies. Some of them costing hundreds of dollars. I didn’t see any originals available. One reproduced book on Etsy was $32 and ships from the United Kingdom.

I found several images of individual book pages available here and there on the internet when I did a Google search for them.

Seventeenth Century Embroidery Patterns

It’s interesting to see examples of seventeenth-century patterns. The sprigs are in rows in the book. You’ll find many similar designs on the embroidered clothing of that time period.

 

A Scholehouse for the Needle Pattern Book Embroidery Sprigs and Bug

A Scholehouse for the Needle Pattern Book Embroidery Sprigs

 

In addition to using the patterns individually, you can build up the designs by arranging them in groups.

Here’s an Example

A Scholehouse for the Needle embroidery sprigs design

The figure to the right used the rose like spray, second to last on the first row of designs, its repeated four times. The main stem radiating outward. You’ll find the detached sprig in the second row of designs at the end.

A frame surrounds it and shows how a design can develop into something new.

 

 

 

To print or save the images, click on them, they will open in a new window and there you can save or print them.

In addition to saving or printing them from this post, I’ve made a one sheet PDF file you can download below:

Embroidery Designs From A Scholehouse For The Needle

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.

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Armenian Edging Stitch Instructions from a 1925 Star Needlework Journal Magazine

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The article on the Armenian Edging Stitch in the 1925 Star Needlework Journal Magazine is titled One Makes This Lace With a Sewing Needle. There are instructions for three different designs. All of them start with a loop stitch across the material. Then by adding additional stitches you can build a pretty lace edge.

 

Armenian Edging Stitch Making Lace Edging with a Sewing Needle - Vintage Crafts and More

The instructions use a very fine crochet cotton to sew the edgings. A size 50 or 60 in white. Crochet cotton thread is sized by weight with each weight identified by a number. The lower the size number the thicker it is. The higher the crochet cotton’s weight number the finer the thread. So a Size 3 is heavier than a Size 10.

Armenian Edge Stitch - Vintage Crafts and More

Let’s Learn the Armenian Edging Stitch

Now you could try your hand at making an Armenian Edge Stitch following the directions above or I’ve found several blog tutorials and a YouTube video series that will help you master this stitch.

First of all, on the Artyfibres blog Sarah Whittle demonstrates stitches with step-by-step pictured tutorials. In her Stitch A-Z group she has a tutorial on the Armenian Edging Stitch. It’s very easy to follow as each pictured step has a number for your needle to follow.

Another well done tutorial is on the embroidery blog Kimberly Ouimet. She calls the Armenian Edge Stitch a Knot Stitch Edging and states that it is also known as Antwerp Stitch Edging.

Either way, it’s a good tutorial on this edging stitch. Her stitch looks very similar to a Blanket Stitch since she goes a little higher on the edge of the material. But again a very good tutorial with many pictures to break down each step in the stitch.

Last but not least is The Henry Art Gallery Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide.  There’s a diagram of the Armenian Edge Stitch as-well-as an Antwerp Edge. If you need to find a stitch this is a great site because all you have to do is click on the alphabetical Index of stitches.

The Lost Art of Armenian Needle Work

This YouTube series has 8 parts on How to do Needle Lace, The Lost Art of Armenian Needle Work. It’s really beautiful and it helps to see someone actually doing it.

In the comments the instructor, Ashley says there are very few if any books or patterns for this type of lace. She hopes that by doing these videos she encourages people to learn so there will be a renewed interest in this craft. If the comments on the videos are any indication, I’d say she is succeeding.

Scanned One Page PDF File

Armenian Edging Stitch – Making Lace Edging with a Sewing Needle

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.

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Jacobean Embroidery Leaf Design

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February is National Embroidery Month and to celebrate I wanted to share this wonderful Jacobean Embroidery design from a 1913 book of plates.

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What is Jacobean Embroidery?

Jacobean embroidery is actually a style of embroidery rather than a technique. Many of the colorful and ornate designs feature animals, birds and plants. The embroidery style got it’s name from James I of England which in Latin is Jacobus because during his reign in the 17th century this type of decor was very popular.

Jacobean Embroidery Clothing

By William Larkin – Public Domain

 

Just think of the beautifully embroidered clothing of men and women in the 1600s, like this embroidered gown dated between 1614 and 1618.

Some of the stitches you’d use to embroidery a Jacobean design are the buttonhole, chain, stem, herringbone and a couched stitch where one stitch is tied down with another.

Another similar embroidery type is Crewel Work which uses some of the same stitches and wool thread.  Jacobean embroidery differs in that it isn’t confined to using only wool but can use many types of threads.

 

 

 

The British colonists brought this style of embroidery to America where it continued to grow for years.

In the 1890’s the Deerfield embroidery movement helped revive art needlework and the Jacobean style.

This blue on white embroidery work was introduced by Margaret Whiting and Ellen Miller who promoted it through the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework. It’s associated with the town of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

PDF file of the design

The PDF file below includes a paragraph explaining the different colors and stitches used to fill in the design.

Jacobean Embroidery Leaf Design

Since the pattern is in PDF format you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read it. 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.

 

Link to the book of Jacobean Embroidery designs

If you’d like to see the book this design came from in it’s entirety, Jacobean Embroidery: It’s Forms and Fillings it’s available on Project Gutenberg as a free eBook. It’s a wonderful resource to use for Jacobean embroidery designs.

 

For more on Jacobean Embroidery

I enjoyed this article on Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread site. She also has used this design and goes into more detail about Jacobean Embroidery being a style rather than a technique.

Also I picked out some books on Jacobean and Deerfield Embroidery. The prices shown seem to be the most expensive. There are usually more than one available so when you click on it you’ll find there are cheaper versions of the book:


 

Need a refresher on embroidery stitches?

These two pages of descriptions and illustrations of embroidery stitches will help.

Vintage Crafts and More Embroidery Stitches How ToVintage Crafts and More Embroidery Stitches How To 2If you like this page, be sure to share it with your friends and like our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

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Embroidery Heart Applique Circle Medallion Design

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Embroidery Heart Medallion Design

Embroidery Heart Applique Design

Today’s embroidery heart applique freebie comes from a 1917 Embroidery Pattern Book. It was originally done in leather and stitched with coarse thread. The design is from shoes of the fifth to seventh centuries now preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This embroidery heart applique could be used on shoes again, especially if they were made of felt. For a modern take on the design, the applique could decorate a pillow, quilt, bag or ornament.

 

 

Applique

Applique is an ornamental needlework that takes designs cut from fabric that are then sewn onto a larger piece of fabric to form a picture. Today’s applique can be used in many applications such as machine embroidery, felt projects and quilting.

Fusible web

 

The use of paper backed fusible web has made applique easy for just about everyone. In Pat Sloan’s book Teach Me to Applique she shows you easy ways to create soft and simple applique projects using fusible techniques.

 

 

My first thought when I hear the word applique is quilting. Vintage quilts use many wonderful applique designs. Just to name a few: Rose of Sharon, Flower Basket, Butterfly, Sunbonnet Sue and all the Baltimore Album quilts.

PDF Pattern File to Download

Back to this pretty embroidery heart applique design. In the PDF file below is the pattern and a paragraph detailing the history of it.

Embroidery Heart Applique Design

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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Briggs Embroidery Transfer Pattern Birds and Holly

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William Briggs in the late 1800’s invented and received a patent for his hot iron embroider transfer. A special ink on paper that with a hot iron could be transferred to cloth.

We’ve come a long way since then, with many companies using this method and even pencils and pens for sale to make your own hot iron transfers on paper. Aunt Martha’s has a kit that includes the pencils and 50 sheets of 8 x 11 inch paper.

This gives you great freedom to do your own designs and transfer them to cloth to embroider using your favorite threads and stitches. One thing you have to be careful with using these Hot Iron Transfer Pens and Pencils is to embroider over all the marks because the design doesn’t wash out.

This blog post, Vintage Colonial Woman Embroidery Transfer goes into the different companies that have offered hot iron transfers through the years and has this link to a Workbasket Magazine Issues Table of Contents.

Here’s the design:

 

Briggs Embroidery Birds and Holly - Vintage Crafts and More

This particular embroidery pattern was taken from one of his catalogs in the late 1800’s. Since it’s from the catalog it’s not actual size. The sizes where listed on the page with design. When ordered they would come on the paper size listed.

This pattern was listed as 11 x 13 inches. The design I’ve scanned and cleaned up is approximately 8 x 8 inches. Since it’s in a JPEG format, once downloaded you can experiment with changing it’s size on your printer or in a photo editing software program. The PDF image size is smaller, about 6.5 x 6.5 inches.

Just click on it, it will open in a new window and there you can right click to save it to print, then trace onto fabric and embroider.

If you print directly from the image without saving it first, it will have to be reduced to about 70% on your printer, because when I tried it as is, it went over the page edges. If you save it first, then print from the file, you shouldn’t have any problem fitting it on a landscape orientation, 8.5  x 11 inch page.

This blog post with a Beginner’s Guide on How to Embroider Holly will help you with this design. It discusses the correct slant of the stitches and different shades of thread to use for the most realistic image.

I’ve also made it into a PDF format, the link is below, but a PDF file size can’t be changed or the design altered.

Briggs Embroidery Birds and Holly

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.

If you’d like to see more embroidery designs I’ve blogged about previously, these are a couple of the most popular:

Lily of the Valley

Owl Embroidery Design or Coloring Page

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Free Evening Owl Embroidery Design or Coloring Page

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

Since we’re coming up on the end of October, I found a interesting embroidery pattern for an evening owl in an oak tree. This was from an 1800’s embroidery transfer design catalog.

Owl Embroidery Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

It’s pretty on it’s own, but I thought it would make a more interesting pattern with just the owl in the tree, so I cropped out the rising sun and water.

 

owl-in-a-tree-embroidery-pattern

Once I did that I wasn’t happy with the lines after cleaning it or it’s size, so I traced it with a sharpie.Owl Embroidery Pattern My Drawing - Vintage Crafts and MoreThere you go. Just click on it, it will open in a new window and there you can right click to save it to print, then trace onto fabric and embroider. The green Print Friendly button below is also an option. You can choose what to print by clicking on the  “Click to Delete” areas leaving only the image you’d like.

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A stem stitch can be used to outline the design in one color or several or a satin stitch could be used to fill in the design. Plus, there’s always the option to use it as a coloring page.

 

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Starting Hardanger Embroidery with a Butterfly Pattern

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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.

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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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Embroidery and Applique Design with Flowers and Hearts

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This is a pretty design that can be used for Embroidery or Applique.

Embroidery and Applique Design - Vitnage Crafts and MoreThe design has instructions included to use the design as an applique or embroidery stitches to complete the design. See this post for an explanation and how-to on embroidery stitches.

Embroidery and Applique Design Instructions - Vitnage Crafts and More

By right clicking on either of the images above you can choose to “Save Link As” or “Save Image As” depending on the browser you use, to save it for later or click on the image, it will open in a new window to print or save.

If you’re interested in how to do applique this book shows you how to create flawless appliqué in just minutes—by hand or machine.

 

 

 

To learn more about embroidery, this book is a comprehensive guide with step-by-step instructions of stitches and how to use them.

 

 

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