Free Vintage Embroidery Pattern for Hand Stitching

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today’s embroidery image is taken from a Godey’s or Peterson’s Ladies Magazine. The magazine is most likely from the 1800’s. It was a loose sheet so I don’t have the exact date of the pattern.

Antique Floral Embroidery Pattern for Edging - Vintage Crafts and More

The page states, “Embroidery for Infant’s Robe”. There are several stitches you could use to fill the pretty petite flowers, leaves and dots; lazy daisy, satin stitch and french knots to name a few. This earlier post has a how-to page of embroidery stitches included.

By right clicking on the image you can choose to “Save Image As” or click on the image, it will open in a new window to print or save for later.

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Silk Embroidery Flower Pattern Lovely 1800s Lily of the Valley

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

lily of the valley embroidery pattern vintage crafts and more

 

I’m sharing an old but very pretty embroidery design for the flower, Lily of the Valley. It’s suggested to use silk floss and to embroider it on a baby shirt or blanket, but it would also be pretty on a table topper or blouse.

The birth flower of May (little early on this one). In the Victorian language of flowers, lily of the valley meant “return of happiness.”  It also symbolizes purity and sweetness.

 

 
When this was printed in the Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, silk flosses had a beautiful high sheen that enhanced any project. You can still find some antique silk floss to buy on the internet. Many of the embroidery threads today are made of a silk rayon rather than 100% silk, making them more affordable but still giving a pretty sheen to your embroidery work compared to cotton floss.

From the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s there was an era of embroidery called “Silk Art” or “Society Silk” embroidery. This style of embroidery, much like needlepainting, was done mainly as florals on linen using fine silks. Donna Cardwell has written a book, Silk Art Embroidery: A Woman’s History of Ornament and Empowerment, that contains an interesting history as-well-as information on technique. A great source if you collect Victorian era hand embroidered linens.

 

Lily of the Valley Embroidery Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

By right clicking on the image you can choose to “Save Image As” or click on the image, it will open in a new window to print or save for later.

Find similar embroidery patterns to this one in my ebook of designs from 1859 Ladies Peterson’s Magazines. You can find the information on it here.

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Antique Embroidery Design from DMC Motifs for Embroideries No 5

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

I love all kinds of embroidery, but antique designs are my favorite. Today’s freebie comes from a 19th century DMC Library booklet, Motifs for Embroideries No. 5.

The design I’ve chosen is an especially nice embellishment for table cloths, napkins, bags, and other home decor items.

 

Antique Embroidery Motifs - Vintage Crafts and More

 

You can use Cotton Floss or Silk embroidery thread. The finished design in color looks like this:

 

Color Illustration of Finished Antique Embroidery Design

 

My love of antique embroidery has led to a large collection of Peterson’s Ladies Magazines, a popular American woman’s magazine published from 1842 until 1898. I collect the large volume books that hold a whole year’s worth of the fashion plates, articles, stories, recipes and needlework patterns.

From the 1859 volume, I’ve scanned all the embroidery patterns, cleaned them up and turned them into a printable PDF eBook available on the right side column of this blog.

My hope is to extract even more needlework patterns from the volumes but as you can imagine, it’s very time consuming and quite an undertaking, however I’m ready to start another year soon.

Here’s an example of a page from the eBook Embroidery Patterns from 1859 Peterson’s Ladies Magazines. There are over 75 designs, including alphabets to work with in the eBook.

 

Example Page from 1859 Embroidery Pattern Ebook

You’ll find both pages below as a PDF file to download and keep:

Example Page from 1859 Embroidery Pattern Ebook

Antique Embroidery Motifs

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. 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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Godey’s Lady’s Book Antique Embroidery for a Scarf End

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today I’ve taken a page out of a Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine. The month is September but it’s missing the cover so I couldn’t find a date. From the looks of the fashion I’d say it’s the mid or late 1800s.

No matter the date this pretty antique embroidery pattern for the end of a scarf would look just as beautiful on a scarf made today.

Vintage Crafts and More - Godey's Lady's Book Antique Scarf Embroidery

Suggested fabrics to make the scarf are silk or muslin but I picture a soft white fleece with criss-cross red strips sewn on with a button hole stitch in a contrasting or matching color thread.

Green embroidery thread could be used for the wisp of branches running through the over lapped criss-crosses. The scalloped bottom edge could be finished off with a button hole stitch in a matching embroidery thread or even gold.

How pretty would that be and such a nice gift. Another, great idea would be using a pretty blue fleece with white accents. Very nice!

For more information on embroidery stitches this post has a page showing some of the most common stitches.

Embroidery Stitches

You can click on the picture and print it out to trace or here is the same embroidery pattern in PDF format:

Godey’s Lady’s Book Antique Scarf Embroidery

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.

If you have any embroidery you’ve done that you’d like to share, please stop by the VTNS Fanpage and post a picture, we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy!

Make Your Own Designs – Antique Floral Embroidery Patterns

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Welcome to the VTNS Fan Freebie Friday! Today we’re providing a couple pages of pretty flower embroidery patterns from 1917.

The delightful art of embroidery has been taught to young women for ages. Most items are done using already made patterns that although beautiful and eye-catching leave no room for using your own imagination. If you’re interested in making your own designs, with the patterns provided today you’ll be able to do that.

By arranging and transferring the flower patterns onto your fabric of choice you can come up with your very own design. They can be as intricate or as simple as you’d like. From something like the sample below to using one flower to adorn the corner of a vintage hankie.

Make Your Own Designs - Antique Floral Embroidery PatternsYou’ll need to print out and then copy the patterns onto your fabric. Here is a good article on About.com on Five Methods for Marking an Embroidery Pattern on Fabric.

Your choice of material will depend on the item you’d like to make and embroider. Whether it is for every day use or a pretty bonnet for a baby.  You can find many ‘ready to embroidery’ items available today or use a vintage item you’ve found.

To use these patterns you will need at least an elementary knowledge of embroidery stitches, but they aren’t too complicated that you wouldn’t be able to quickly learn how to do them.

There are many places on the internet that feature a how-to on stitches as-well-as YouTube videos you can watch and follow along as the person makes the stitch. Just do an internet search on the stitch you’d like to learn more about. In an earlier blog post we discussed some Important Embroidery Stitches.

Some of the stitches you’ll need to know are: Daisy, French Knots, Buttonhole, Chain or Stem, Satin, Coral or Feather, Double Back, Romanian or Fish-Bone, and Fern.

The instructions will point out the best stitch to use for each flower. The color of the embroidery thread and whether it is cotton or silk, is up to you.

So have fun and let us know what you come up with by sharing it on the VTNS Facebook Fanpage.

Here are the pages to download:

Antique Embroidery Flower Patterns and Instructions

You’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read the pdfs. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link above 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!