Briggs Embroidery Transfer Pattern Birds and Holly

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

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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Enjoy!

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Tatting Is So Much Fun – Tatting for Beginners

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

Today’s freebie about Tatting is from a 1954 magazine called Crafts & Hobbies,  How To Make Money At Home.

Every month the magazine had several articles on ways to make extra money with your crafts and hobbies. I searched, but was unable to find out how long it was published.

 

Crafts & Hobbies Magazine 1954 - Vintage Crafts and More

Often the articles would include needlework hobbies, like today’s Tatting Is So Much Fun. It includes Tatting instructions and 8 designs in a 3 page article taken from the Beginner’s Manual of Crochet by the American Thread Company published in 1950.

Below is the page for the designs:

Tatting Is So Much Fun - Vintage Crafts and More

Tatting is a durable lace made with knots and loops. Usually made for trim or doilies. For more information on Tatting take a look an earlier blog post Tatting Instructions.

If you’re interested in Tatting and a beginner wanting to learn more at home, this book Learn to Tat (with DVD) from the American School of Needlework has great reviews. Be careful though, the Kindle edition doesn’t include the videos.

Through the years I’ve also shared several tatting patterns you can find by clicking on the Tatting category to the right.

All 3 magazine pages are in the PDF file below:

Tatting Is So Much Fun PDF

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.

If 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.

Enjoy!

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How to Needlepoint for Beginners and Basic Stitches – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

I bought this beautiful fawn needlepoint picture at an estate sale several years ago. It now hangs in my guest room. The workmanship is incredible as you’ll see in the close-up photos below.

Introduction to Needlepoint - Vintage Crafts and More

Needlepoint, or  needlework tapestry, has been a favorite art for many years. It had it’s beginnings thousands of years ago when the ancient Egyptians used small slanted stitches to sew up their canvas tents.

In the 19th century Berlin work used brightly colored wool yarns to make slippers, pillows, pictures, footstools, chair seats and bags.

It’s defined as any form of embroidery that is worked on counted threads or where stitches completely cover the material on which the work is done.

Quick Introduction to Needlepoint - Vintage Crafts and More

The standard size mesh canvas used for needlepoint is 10 squares or openings to an inch, but other popular mesh sizes are 12, 14, 18, and 24.

Mono canvas is made with one thread going over and one going under. A two thread canvas, which means the threads are laid two by two close together is sometimes called penelope canvas. Petit point canvas is 15 meshes to an inch.

Some canvases have a painted on or stamped design to follow. Others have a partially done design and you fill in the background.

Tapestry can be worked either in a frame or in the hand. Tapestry or worsted needles should have a blunt point with an oval eye wide enough to thread easily.

Cotton thread or yarn are best for working needlepoint. Six-strand mercerized cotton is suitable for fine needlepoint pieces.  Tapestry wool yarn comes in many varieties and colors.

 

Intro How to Needlepoint - Vintage Crafts and MoreIntroduction How to Needlepoint - Vintage Crafts and More

When you start your piece remember to leave an inch of thread on the wrong side and “catch in” that inch by stitches as you work. It’s best not to use a length of thread over 30 inches. More than that will tend to tangle.

Here’s a small 3″ x 7″ Happy Thanksgiving greeting project to try.

There’s so much more to needlepoint and what you can create with it, but this is a quick introduction to get you started.

How to Needlepoint for Beginners Basic Stitches - Vintage Crafts and More

 

The 2-page PDF file provided below is from a 1954 How-To Book on Needlework. It includes the illustration of basic stitches shown above  and the written instructions on how to do them.

Needlepoint How-To Introduction

The file 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 have any needlepoint projects you’ve done that you’d like to share, please visit the VTNS Fanpage, we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy!