The Secret Drawer Quilt Block Pattern

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Do you have a secret drawer?

Hidden compartments that hold old love letters, jewelry, coins and important papers. Check out this wonderful Wooten’s Patent King of Desks that you know must have a couple of secret drawers.

Wootens Patent Cabinet Office Secretary Desk

The Secret Drawer

That brings me to today’s freebie The Secret Drawer quilt pattern. A 12-inch square block that uses light and dark plain and patterned fabric. It’s very similar to the Spool Block.

The Secret Drawer Quilt Pattern

As a matter of fact, you can see the spools surrounding the patterned centers in the sample. Eveline Foland designed this pattern for a 1930 issue of the Kansas City Star newspaper.

The Secret Drawer Eveline Foland Quilt Pattern
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Links to more Secret Drawers

The Early Women Masters website has a colorful diagram of the Secret Drawer quilt block pattern and a couple of paragraphs of information about it here: Antique Geometric Quilt Designs – Secret Drawer.

It is also one of many quilt blocks included in the Quilt Index dot Org website. They have the same image of the newspaper pattern I’ve shared. It’s a bit cleaner though, because it hasn’t been glued into a scrapbook.

Interesting….

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One of the most interesting things I came across while researching this quilt block is the crime novel Alias Grace: A Novel by Margaret Atwood. In 1843, a 16-year-old housemaid named Grace Marks was found guilty for the murder of her employer and two others.

 

 

It was a sensational trial for the time and made headlines around the world. The story of Grace Marks is true, but the novel is fictional and depicts what might have happened during her incarceration. An added bonus is the novel will soon be a Netflix Original Series.

I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how it relates to the Secret Drawer quilt pattern, but I found a WordPress blog that goes by the name The Quilts of Alias Grace, A Canadian girl’s journey of stitching through Margaret Atwood’s fiction.

According to the author of this blog, the book has a lot about textiles. The writer named the chapters of the book after quilts and includes sketches. The doctors ask Grace questions about the patterns and their meanings of the quilts she’s working on. The book is about Grace, but in it she surrounds herself with quilts and fabric.

The author of the blog takes you along as she tackles the difficult piecing of the Secret Drawer block and a blog post titled Secret Drawer Has Stumped Me.

 

 

Vintage Block Quilt AlongCharise Creates Vintage Block Quilt Along

In a Vintage Block Quilt Along, Charise Creates One Stitch At A Time has a great tutorial for the quilt block you can follow along with. Craftsy has Charise Creates Secret Drawer block pattern download for free.

 

 

One Little Block Pattern

Well, I didn’t expect to find out all this information from one little pattern, but here it is. Have you read Alias Grace: A Novel? Have you sewn a Secret Drawer block? Let us know by visiting our Facebook Fan Page.

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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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Crochet Edging Pattern for a Heart Pincushion or Sachet

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Pretty Ruffled Crochet Edging Pattern

The crochet edging for this heart pincushion is perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you didn’t want to do the heart, you could add this pretty edging to any number of things.

Heart Pincushion or Sachet with Crochet EdgingFor this pattern, you buy or sew the heart pincushion, crochet the edging and then sew it on. Whether you use a pincushion, sachet, towel, table topper or blouse, this edging would work.

The pattern comes from a 1945 Spool Cotton Booklet No. 226 titled GIFTS Crocheted and Knitted. I hope to share a couple more of the cute designs in this booklet in the future.

 

Only one ball of J & P Coats Tatting Cotton Size 70 is used for the pattern.

This ball of DMC Cordonnet Cotton Size 70 on Amazon could be substituted and comes in white or ecru.

 

Crochet Edging Pattern Instructions

Heart Pincushion or Sachet with Crochet Edging PatternDownload Instructions: Right-Click the pattern image 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.

More Crochet Edging Patterns

You can find several other crochet edging patterns in these blog posts.

DIY Heart Pincushion Links

Pinterest has a board dedicated to just Heart Pincushions. I could be on there all day!

Heart Pin Cushions on Pinterest

My favorite are the felt hearts embellished with embroidery. Here are two tutorials for making them.

Flamingo Toes A Creative Blog by Beverly McCullough has a tutorial for a DIY Fabric Heart Valentines – Felt and Fabric Heart Sachet Valentines. These hearts are adorable and look fairly easy to make.

Better Homes and Gardens Romantic Heart Wool Valentine – No-fray felted wool makes this applique project quick to stitch. This lovely heart is embellished with felt flowers, beads and cording.

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Baby Hat Crochet Pattern That Looks Like A Football Helmet

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Today’s fan freebie is a baby hat crochet pattern that looks like a football helmet. That’s right, it looks like a football helmet, but it is cute just the same.

I realized I don’t have the cover to the booklet this crochet pattern is in. Since most of the patterns include the use of Chadwick’s Red Heart Baby Wool, my research tells me it may be a 1940s Woolies for Babies book.

Baby Hat Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The Chadwick’s Red Heart Baby Wool used for this baby hat crochet pattern is discontinued. A substitute could be a fingering or sport weight yarn. I found Paton’s Beehive Baby Fingering yarn or Lion Brand Babysoft yarn, either should work okay.

No gauge is listed making it hard to get this vintage pattern right. While doing research for a yarn substitute, I came across an article on the Knitty website called The Joy of Vintage Patterns. It has some great information about using vintage patterns today.

Here’s the PDF file to download:

Baby Beauties Helmet Crochet Pattern

Since the baby hat crochet pattern is in PDF format, you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read it. Most computers have 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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I’m watching the Superbowl next weekend. Football is one of my husband’s favorite past times. I watched occasionally before I met him, but didn’t understand the game. He explained how it’s played, we have a favorite team and I’m hooked.

Go Falcons!!

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Crochet Doily Pattern Pointed Harmony Eight Point Star

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Today’s vintage crochet pattern comes from a Lily Design Booklet entitled Doilies, no date. This crocheted doily caught my eye because of it’s eight points which represent a number of things, depending on your culture and system of belief.

One of the beliefs is new beginnings, a great start for a new year. Pointed Harmony is the name of this crochet pattern, maybe Lily felt it represented harmony. Either way it is a beautiful symmetrical crocheted piece.

 

Pointed Harmony Doily Vintage Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Mandalas

Looking at it, it reminds me of a Mandala. I make them using a paid computer program but I found this site, Mandala Creator that lets you create them for free.

Choose your line, colors, etc., hold down the left side of your mouse, design then let go for each part, when you’re finished you can save it. Very fun to play with.

I made the one below just playing around with it for a minute.

 

mandala creator blue and yellow

Also I’ve seen many adult coloring books that use Mandalas.

Pointed Harmony Doily Crochet Instructions

But back to this crocheted doily. It’s 13 inches and should be worked tightly. White Mercerized Crochet Cotton is used in Size 20. Here’s the full page of instructions:

 

Pointed Harmony Doily Crochet Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More
There are a couple abbreviations and terms you’ll need for this pattern. They are:
Ch = chain
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tr = treble
lp = loop
p = picot

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

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Vintage Flower Looms and Projects You Can Do With Them

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Flower Looms

Today is about vintage Flower Looms. If you’re into vintage crafts I’m sure you’ve seen these little plastic looms around.

I found the cutest Lamb embroidery kit that included the Studio Twelve Multi-Flower Loom. I have it listed in my store on Ebay right now. It’s adorable and started me thinking about all the projects you can do with a flower loom.

 

Lamb Instant Stitchery Kit - Vintage Crafts and MoreLamb Instant Stitchery Kit Flower Loom Included - Vintage Crafts and More

Now I know I have a vintage booklet on them around here somewhere but I can’t find it at the moment. So I started doing some searching and turned up several good sites that talk about Flower Looms.

Flower Looms on Pinterest

Of course, Pinterest is the first to come up in search with it’s very own page of Flower Loom projects. Sample below:

Pinterest Flower Looms - Vintage Crafts and More

Links to Find Out More About Flower Looms

The website Knitting-and.com has several pages I’d like to share, the first is a page of links to Flower Loom and Other Small Loom Tutorials. You can find just about everything you need to know about looms on this page.

Besides the tutorial page she has a PDF download for a 1937 Fleischer Flower Loom Creations booklet on the site as-well-as an original Studio Twelve Multi-Fleur Fun Projects booklet to download.

You can find numerous vintage looms on Ebay. Here’s a link to a search for them.


And Amazon has one from Clover called a Hana-Ami Flower Loom 6 Shape Set

It’s nice because it includes 6 Shapes; 3 round, 2 square and 1 hexagon with a base, cover, centering loom, and tapestry needle all packaged to fit together easily to store.

 

The Craftstylish website has a tutorial on How to Make Flowers Using a Vintage Flower Loom with some terrific photo shots to craft along with. She uses a type of Raffia with the brand name Swistraw to make her flower.

To round out this post on vintage flower looms I found a couple of books on Amazon that looked interesting.


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1925 Star Needlework Journal Vintage Tea Apron Sewing Instructions

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A Vintage Tea Apron

Today’s vintage tea apron sewing pattern instructions are from a 1925 Star Needlework Journal magazine Volume 10 Number 1.  The American Thread Co. published the magazine quarterly. You could have a yearly subscription mailed to you for 40 cents or pay 10 cents for a single copy.

No Pattern, but Materials and Instructions

Actual pattern pieces are not included for this tea apron but instead there is a list of materials required and instructions for sewing. The photo is in black and white, but the true colors are yellow with a black lace trim. Very 1920’s.

A Tea Apron - Vintage Crafts and More

Embroidery Design

For embellishment an embroidery design is included. A simple but fun design to play with.

 

Apron embroidery design - Vintage Crafts and More

If you’d like to download the embroidery design, right click on the image to save it.

 

Just 3/4 yard of 36 inch yellow voile (soft, sheer fabric) material is used. 2¼ yards of black lace and 1¼ yards of ribbon for the tie.  The bottom of the apron has a curved shape. When complete the apron is 23 inches long and 27 inches wide. Try a stronger material or make it bigger, it could easily be done.

 

Apron Sewing Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More

A three inch hem is sewn at the top and the sides are shirred (technique that takes a regular piece of fabric and shrinks it up, giving it elasticity) shape. Two strands of black embroidery thread and a small running stitch make up the straight lines on the apron.

Shirring Tips

The Craftsy blog has a Shirring Tips for Beginners post that has some good pointers and Seamingly Smitten has a tutorial on How to Shir Fabric with elastic thread.

Does anyone have some ideas about sewing this apron, changing the size or shirring fabric, please let us know in the comments below.

Link to a Garden Apron

I’ve featured another apron to sew in a previous post you can use to gather garden fruits and vegetables. It also doesn’t have a pattern, only sewing instructions with an illustration.

Here’s the one page PDF file for the 1925 Tea Apron:

Star Needlework Journal – Tea Apron

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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Happy New Year Vintage Postcard

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

No new pattern today, but an image of a vintage New Year’s Greeting postcard from Owen Card Publishing Co. Elmira NY.

Happy New Year Postcard 2017 - Vintage Crafts and More

Here’s hoping all your wishes come true for 2017. Wishing you, family and friends health, happiness and prosperity for the coming year.

I’m ready. How ’bout you?

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