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

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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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Cross Stitch Snowflakes or Border Embroidery Patterns

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

Today I’m posting a chart from an antique French embroidery design booklet. The charts are quick and easy cross stitch for what looks like snowflakes or designs that could be used as a border.

Imagine them scattered on a decorative pillow cover in red and white, blue and white or as a border on a towel or pillowcase.

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Also a couple of the designs could be used with the craft of “chicken scratch” on gingham. If you’ve never heard of it, I’ve done a blog post about it titled Chicken Scratch Embroidery – What is it and how to do it.

Be sure to check out this previous blog post of the Alphabet in Cross Stitch for Monograms.

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


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Cross Stitch Needlepoint Rose Design Area Rug

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

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Today’s freebie vintage pattern comes from a Lily Design Book for Rugs dated 1950. This is a Cross Stitch Needlepoint Rug called “Queen Mary.” The rug pictured is 27 x 40 inches, but can be made as large as desired by omitting the dark brown border and sewing 2 or more together.

It uses Lily Rug Worsted yarn and a Rug Foundation. The rug foundation for the “Queen Mary” could be purchased with the squares already marked. With the chart included with this pattern you can mark your own rug foundation. The chart lays out the design with symbols that represent different colors.

I did a little research and found a vintage rug foundation Lily #145-HH for sale and it looks like it may be linen, but that was for a pom-pom rug. The number for this pattern is Lily #145-NP.

This 14 point Interlock Needlepoint Canvas should work well as a foundation. It’s stable and can be trimmed close without fraying. The reason it’s called interlock is the construction, which is two threads in each direction that are twisted around each other. This Graph ‘N Latch rug canvas has blue lines for easy counting.

You could even use this chart to transfer the design to make a miniature doll house rug.

Here’s the chart. The top left corner is blocked out by the picture, but you can fill in the squares by following the opposite corner directly below it.

rose-rug-chart-vintage-crafts-and-moreI found this great little tutorial about Transferring a Design to Needlepoint Canvas on the Nuts About Needlepoint blog. She used these Staedtler pens to draw the design on the canvas.

There are some basic directions that are included that you’ll need to follow when making your rug.

CROSS STITCH: In the first row of single stitches, bring needle up at lower right hand corner; down at upper left hand corner; repeat across row. On return row, bring needle up at lower left hand corner and down at upper right hand corner. In working rows of cross stitches, work across the row from right to left forming the first slanting stitch, then work from left to right to complete the stitch.

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Below you’ll find the PDF file for this pattern:

Cross Stitch Needlepoint Rose Rug Pattern

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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