Cross Stitch or Filet Crochet Baby Nursery Patterns

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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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Enjoy!

Rose Filet Crochet Round Table Topper Pattern

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Filet crochet patterns are one of the favorite needlework craft patterns we share. It’s easy, fun and versatile.

Tudor Rose Elegance is the name of today’s pattern. It’s for a round table topper from 1943. Very elegant, pretty and measures about 22 inches in diameter.

During this time period, just about every home would have at least one pretty handmade filet crochet table topper in the living or dining room.

Vintage Crafts and More - Tudor Rose Elegance Filet Crochet Table Topper

For this pattern you’ll need Size 30 crochet thread –  8 small balls or 3 large balls – and a steel crochet hook No. 10 or 11. The gauge is 5 sps make 1 inch; 5 rows make 1 inch.

Here’s the chart and instructions for the table topper:

Vintage Crafts and More - Tudor Rose Elegance Filet Crochet Table Topper Chart

Tudor Rose Elegance Filet Crochet Table Topper Instructions

For more information on how to do Filet Crochet take a look at this post, Exploring Filet Crochet.

Tudor Rose Elegance Filet Crochet Table Topper PDF

The pattern 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.

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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Victorian Filet Crochet Pattern Floral Tea Table Cloth Diagrams

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This filet crochet tea table cloth pattern was in a 1925 Star Needlework Journal magazine by the American Thread Co. It’s a beautiful floral cloth for a small table.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Pattern Tea Table Cloth

I can just picture the Victorian ladies sitting around the table covered with this pretty handmade cloth having tea in the afternoon.

This is the diagram for the flower baskets in the corners.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Flower Pot Pattern

and this diagram is the floral border.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Pattern Flower Border

The PDF file below includes three pages of the diagrams and the instructions.

Filet Crochet Pattern Tea Table Cloth

These patterns are 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.

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.

Here’s another post that has a Filet Crochet pattern for a Linen Tray Cloth or Placemat and if you’d like to learn more about Filet Crochet visit this post, Exploring Filet Crochet.

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Vintage Filet Crochet Pattern for a Linen Tray Cloth or Placemat – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Isn’t this a nice set up for breakfast in bed? Using this crochet pattern for the linen filet tray cloth and your fine china, you can impress your guests.

Also a set of four of these would make a great hostess gift or a gift for someone moving into their new home.

Vintage Crafts and More - Crochet Filet Tray Cloth Pattern

This quick and simple filet crochet chart is from a Learn How Book published in 1941. The chart is for a Filet Tray Cloth with four corners of filet crochet design.  The chart and instructions for the cloth are included in the PDF file.

For those who are not familiar with this beautiful form of crochet, here is a quick low down on how to start.

Filet is a type of crochet which consists of blocks and spaces arranged to produce an interesting design. All filet designs are worked from a chart of squares. The dark squares represent blocks and the light squares represent spaces.

This is what the chart looks like:

Vintage Crafts and More - Crochet Filet Tray Cloth Pattern Chart

Unless otherwise instructed in the directions, allow four double crochets (4 dc) for the first block and three double crochets (3 dc) for each additional block. For instance, three blocks require ten double crochets (4+3+3=10 dc).

To make a row of spaces, first work a foundation chain. Then, make double crochet (dc) in 8th chain (ch) from hook, * chain (ch) 2, skip 2 chain (ch), double crochet (dc) in next chain (ch). Repeat from * to end of chain (ch). Chain (ch) 5 to turn at the end of the row.

When there are several rows of spaces to be made, each double crochet is worked directly over the double crochet of the previous row and same number of chains is made between double crochets.

For more information on Filet Crochet take a look at these posts.

Exploring Filet Crochet and Reindeer in the Forest Pattern

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Tray Cloth Pattern

Above you’ll find the complete instructions for the Filet Tray Cloth, but you can also download the one page PDF file in the link below to save for later.

Filet Crochet Tray Cloth Pattern Chart

The pattern 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.

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!

Vintage Crochet Pattern Oak Leaves and Acorns Place Mat

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Is it feeling like Autumn where you live yet? If not, maybe this pattern will help bring in the cool weather of Fall. It’s a crocheted leaves and acorn place mat.

Vintage Crafts and More - Oak Leaves and Acorns Crochet Placemat Pattern

The place mat measures 13 x 18 inches when finished and is done using Crochet Cotton and a No. 12 Crochet Hook.

The crochet instructions include following a chart similar to Filet Crochet, which is a pattern made up of open and solid meshes. You can find out more about Filet Crochet in this post, Exploring Filet Crochet.

The chart looks like this ~

Vintage Crafts and More - Oak Leaves and Acorns Placemat Pattern

Besides the normal abbreviations for crochet, Ch, sc, dc, etc. you’ll need to know hdc = half double crochet, sk = skip and blk = block. In Row 2 of the instructions it explains how a block is formed for this project.

Once you’ve finished the body of the place mat, there are instructions for the Edge, the Acorn and it’s Cap. The acorns are made separately and sewn on.

You can print the instruction page and chart shown in the post by clicking on them. They will open in another window and you can save or print them from there. Also there’s a green PRINT button at the bottom of the post you can use.

Vintage Crafts and More - Oak Leaves and Acorns Placemat Crochet Pattern

If you’d like to save the pattern as a PDF file, it’s below:

Oak Leaves and Acorn Placemat Crochet Pattern PDF

The pattern 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.

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!

Vintage Filet Crochet Pattern – Reindeer in the Forest

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Today we have another beautiful vintage Filet Crochet pattern of a Reindeer in the Forest. Originally a Chair Set that includes the chair back and arm rests, I could see this pretty scene framed with a red cloth background showing through for a holiday themed decor. Not that it wouldn’t be beautiful with a any color background and hung up year round.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Pattern Reindeer in the Forest

If you’re not familiar with Filet Crochet, take a look at this post Exploring Filet Crochet that explains what it is and includes a couple links to help you learn how to do it.

The pdf pattern is below:

Vintage Filet Crochet Pattern – Reindeer in the Forest

The pattern 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.

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 to open it and save or print.


Enjoy!

Exploring Filet Crochet and Free Pattern – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet and How To Use It

I’ve crocheted but never done Filet Crochet before. The vintage pieces I’ve seen look beautiful, but I thought not that easy to do.  I decided my first step was some research. I’ve found some great internet sites to share a little later in the blog post that make it simple.

Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet BirdTo start, Filet crochet is usually constructed from crochet thread made of Mercerized cotton in white or ecru, and worked in rows, but yarns can also be used. It makes a pretty decorative trim like a lace on window curtains, tablecloths, pillows and place settings such as coasters and place mats.

The crochet is worked from a graph or diagram. The patterns are created by solid and open meshes and only two stitches are used, the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch.

 

I’m sharing the General Directions that are included in the leaflet the vintage pattern you can download below is from, Filet Crochet and How To Use It by Augusta Pfeuffer. She authored and designed many crochet leaflets during the early 1900s.

This is what she says about filet crochet:

Filet crochet is the simplest form of crochet, no extra instructions for each piece are given; therefore the publisher has furnished block patterns of each design, thinking it the easiest way to copy.

The simple rule to follow is: In starting a piece, get the correct number of chain stitches by counting your meshes, multiply by three, and chain five extra stitches for your turn. Taking as an example: Chain 24 stitches, make five extra chain stitches for your turn and in the 8th chain stitch work on double, chain 2 again, skip 2 chain stitches, work on double in next chain stitch, and so on all the way up for the open meshes. (This forms the foundation of all filet crochet.) For one closed mesh, work four doubles and add 3 doubles for each additional closed mesh. If lace or piece widens, add necessary chain stitches required, according to rule given.

Filet crochet is always more attractive when made with a good fine thread. The finished work, also the linen, should be shrunk before putting the crochet in the material.

Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet Tulips

 

Okay I found that a bit confusing so I looked around the internet and found this site on About.com that  gives some good basics you’ll need.

Also on About.com is this information, How to Figure the Starting (Foundation) Chain for Filet Crochet.

Here’s another great basic filet crochet tutorial with pictures!

 

One more site, that I was really happy to come across, is software that Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet Graphlets you make your own designs. How cool is that? I didn’t even know it existed, so glad I looked.

I feel it’s reasonably priced for what it does and there’s even an opportunity to sell your own designs. Just check in the Designers section of the website.

The site where this software can be found is Crochetdesigns.com by Janet Casarez. She programs Flight Support software for NASA, but her first love is crocheting. She put the two together and came up with this super program.

I hope this gets you started on a journey with Filet Crochet. So many vintage linens have this embellishment, it would be great to know how it’s done and create a few of our own today. If you do, be sure to give us a peek on the VTNS Fanpage, we’d love to see your work.

Here is your free Filet Crochet Pattern:

Filet Crochet Pattern Flower Luncheon Cloth with Napkin to Match

The pattern 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.

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!

Free Vintage Quick Crochet Gift Patterns

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Corticelli Crochet Pattern for Cardcase

I found some great little quick and easy crochet gifts you can make for Christmas. These are from the Corticelli Lessons in Crochet Book No. 7 published in 1917. They produced many booklets to compliment their line of cotton and silk threads. They were famous for their silks in the early 20th century.

The company began in Massachusetts in the 1890’s producing beautiful silk embroidery threads. Originally the Nonotuck Silk Company when it merged with the Brainerd and Armstrong Company in 1922 it became the Corticelli Silk Company. Ten years later, they merged with the Belding-Hemingway Company.

It’s logo sign of a kitten playing with a ball of thread was at 42nd Street and Broadway in New York  from 1910 until 1913 and was one of the earliest ads on the Great White Way, a nickname for the Midtown section of New York City on Broadway.

These pages include instructions for Lingerie Clasps, a Wild Rose Pincushion, Flower and Leaf Bookmark, Cardcase and a Filet Crochet Bookmark. The card case measures 3 1⁄2 inches long by 2 1⁄2 inches deep, making it a perfect wrapping for a gift card. Then after the gift card is spent, it could be used as a small change purse, business card or credit card holder.

There are two pages of patterns. Remember you must have Adobe Reader on your computer to read and download these files. Most computers have this program, but if you don’t you can download it free here. After downloading the patterns, hit your back button to return to this post.

The first page includes the Lingerie Clasps and Wild Rose Pincushion. Here is the pdf file: Vintage Crochet Gift Patterns

The second page includes the Bookmarks and Cardcase. Here is that pdf file: Vintage Crochet Gift Patterns 2

Enjoy!

Cross Stitch Monogram Alphabets Pattern

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cross stitch alphabet monogram patterns

Christmas is coming and it’s the perfect time to get started on holiday gifts. With this set of alphabets you can arrange whatever three letters you need to monogram a towel, pillow, clothing or anything else you can think of using cross stitch or filet crochet.  Each letter is represented in each size in the diamond shape so combining them is easy. This set of patterns is from 1923, but still relevant for use today. Enjoy!

Download the pdf file of all the monogram letters here.