Briggs Embroidery Transfer Pattern Birds and Holly

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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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Vintage Star Sachet or Stuffed Star Ornament Crochet Pattern

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Star Sachet or Stuffed Star Ornament Crochet Pattern

For today’s freebie, I found a Star Sachet crochet pattern that could just as easily be a pretty ornament. It’s from a 1944 Spool Cotton Co. booklet titled Crochet Your Gifts.

You crochet the two sides, embroider the design on, then sew the edges together leaving an opening to stuff with batting or potpourri and add a ribbon hanger.

These are done with thread rather than yarn. Clark’s “Brilliant” is considered a fine thread, along the lines of Size 10 bedspread cotton. You’ll need embroidery floss in a contrasting color for the embroidered decoration and the crochet hook used is Size No. 8.

This would make a nice gift filled with potpourri like this Organic Dried Jasmine Flowers or Hibiscus Flowers.

 

 

If you’d rather make this a stuffed ornament, this Aunt Lydia’s Metallic Gold crochet thread would be fun. Also white with gold embroidery or red with green embroidery, etc. It’s up to you.

 

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For more crocheted ornament ideas from vintage booklets see this blog post Vintage Crochet Shade or Lamp Pulls as Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Or this post for a Snowflake Star Ornament.

 

 

Here’s the pattern with instructions on how to download it below:

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Download Instructions: Click on the pattern, it will open in a new window, then right click the image and select either “save image as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you’re using. Also you can choose to print it from the new open page.

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Free Evening Owl Embroidery Design or Coloring Page

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

Since we’re coming up on the end of October, I found a interesting embroidery pattern for an evening owl in an oak tree. This was from an 1800’s embroidery transfer design catalog.

Owl Embroidery Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

It’s pretty on it’s own, but I thought it would make a more interesting pattern with just the owl in the tree, so I cropped out the rising sun and water.

 

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Once I did that I wasn’t happy with the lines after cleaning it or it’s size, so I traced it with a sharpie.Owl Embroidery Pattern My Drawing - Vintage Crafts and MoreThere you go. 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. The green Print Friendly button below is also an option. You can choose what to print by clicking on the  “Click to Delete” areas leaving only the image you’d like.

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A stem stitch can be used to outline the design in one color or several or a satin stitch could be used to fill in the design. Plus, there’s always the option to use it as a coloring page.

 

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