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:

 

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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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Decorate for Thanksgiving with this Free Horn of Plenty Vintage Crochet Pattern

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Another word for Horn of Plenty is Cornucopia. Filled with produce, flowers or nuts it’s a symbol of abundance and nourishment making it the perfect centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table.

Follow the instructions for this vintage crochet pattern and you’ll have a great table decoration for Thanksgiving. This crochet pattern comes from an American Thread Star Book number 116 titled Crocheted Fashions. Probably from around the 1940’s.

At the end of the pattern there are instructions for starching the horn of plenty by heating a mixture of starch and water. In an earlier post I shared a Miniature Horn of Plenty Crochet Pattern that also has instructions for stiffening a crocheted item using water and sugar.


If you don’t want to take the time and trouble to make your own stiffening agent Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid is also a great way to stiffen your crocheted items. It’s non-toxic, thin and tintable. When dry, it’s water-resistant and easy to paint.

 

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Since this scan isn’t quite as clear as I’d like, I’ve made it available in a PDF file format. Read the download instructions below to save this crochet pattern.

Horn of Plenty Crochet Pattern PDF

To read this pattern 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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Free Filet Crochet Snowflake Pattern

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Anyone ready for cool weather, or is there cool weather where you live already? It hasn’t made it’s way here yet, but my mind is on winter and snowflakes. Even though it’s still 90 degrees outside, with my crafting I can pretend it’s snowing.

 

Today’s vintage pattern comes from Filet Crochet and How To Use It by Augusta Pfeuffer. It’s an individual snowflake you can use as a border or by itself to decorate a fabric ornament. It can also be done in cross stitch by following this chart.

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To save the snowflake pattern click on the picture, it will open in another window and there you can right click and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using.

To find out more about this publication and filet crochet take a look at this earlier post Exploring Filet Crochet.

Here’s some General Directions for Filet Crochet included in the booklet:

 

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Fingerless Mitts and Wristlets Crochet and Knitting Patterns

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The patterns today are not only vintage, but antique, over 100 years old. They come from a 1916 Bear Brand Blue Book of Worsted Work, Manual of YarnKraft, 14th Volume that could be purchased for 25¢.

It was hard to pick just one page to share out of the 190, but I’ve chosen a couple more for the coming weeks.

 

The wristlets are also known as arm and wrist warmers or cuffs. The Fingerless Mitts or Gloves are great because they keep your hands and wrists warm while your fingers are free to type on your phone or do any other task easily.

 

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The patterns require 1 hank and 1/2 a hank of yarn. As far as the yardage amount in a hank, the closest answer I could find is about 560 yards for worsted, but the hanks of yarn I found for sale like this Berroco Vintage Colors Yarn had less than that in each. That’s the thing about old crochet and knitting patterns, you have to use a little trial and error to get it right.

I’d never heard of an Amber Crochet Hook, so I did a little digging and found out they were made of a celluloid material in an amber or “apple juice” color and were distributed by the Sunlight Yarn Company. In this post on Nancy Nehring’s Lace Buttons website it shows a couple of ads for them from the early 1910’s.

In another informative post she shares some fascinating information on Celluloid – The First Plastic Crochet Hooks. A good read about vintage crochet hooks and their use.

 

Antique Crochet and Knitting Pattern for Wristlets and Fingerless Mittens - Vintage Crafts and More

To save or print out the instruction page above, simply click on it, it will open in another window where you can save or print it using your computer’s browser. You can also use the little green Print Friendly Button at the bottom of the post.

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Clam Diggers Shell Knitting Pattern – Quick and Easy Knitted Ladies Sleeveless Tank Top

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Summer is coming to a close and what better way to celebrate the end of summer than a beach party. Today’s vintage pattern will take you back to the California beach parties of the 1960’s. It’s a Clam Diggers Shell knitting pattern.

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This vintage knitting pattern is from an American Thread Star Book Begin To Knit, so it’s easy and quick to make.

Instructions are given for sizes in Small and in parentheses for Medium and Large. Knitting Worsted medium weight yarn is called for in Amber and Tangerine. This Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Tangerine Mist yarn would be perfect. These colors are straight from a 1960’s wardrobe!

You’ll need one pair of No. 9 knitting needles or any needles that will result in the stitch gauge of 9 sts = 2 inches. You’ll also need a Size H crochet hook for the neck and arm hole edges.

The instructions were on two pages so I consolidated them into one in a PDF file. Print or save it by clicking on the file below.

Clam Diggers Shell Knitting Pattern

The one page 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. 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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Vintage Floral Embroidery Pattern – VTNS Friday Fan Freebie

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This is a sheet of pretty floral embroidery patterns. One is a tussie-mussie or nosegay which is a small flower bouquet that is given as a gift and has been around for centuries. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems for the small arrangements.

The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria. During this time they were a popular fashion accessory. Often tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the language of flowers and were used to send a message to the recipient.

The patterns include the best embroidery stitches to use. The first one is mixed with fabric applique for the large pieces and a satin stitch for the dots and stems.

 

Vintage Crafts and More - Free Floral Embroidery Patterns 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 also save for later.

Most of the embroidery stitches suggested with the pattern you’ll find on the how-to page below. The only stitch not described is the Spoke stitch that looks like a star and is made by criss-crossing 4 stitches.

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting site has a easy photo how-to for Decorative Hand Embroidery Stitches. The Spoke stitch is the last one on the page.  Also at the bottom is a link to download the 3 page PDF file.

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Floral Embroidery Scan PDF

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.

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Vintage Filet Crochet Pattern – Reindeer in the Forest

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Today we have another beautiful vintage Filet Crochet pattern of a Reindeer in the Forest. Originally a Chair Set that includes the chair back and arm rests, I could see this pretty scene framed with a red cloth background showing through for a holiday themed decor. Not that it wouldn’t be beautiful with a any color background and hung up year round.

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If you’re not familiar with Filet Crochet, take a look at this post Exploring Filet Crochet that explains what it is and includes a couple links to help you learn how to do it.

The pdf pattern is below:

Vintage Filet Crochet Pattern – Reindeer in the Forest

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 to open it and save or print.


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Exploring Filet Crochet and Free Pattern – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet and How To Use It

I’ve crocheted but never done Filet Crochet before. The vintage pieces I’ve seen look beautiful, but I thought not that easy to do.  I decided my first step was some research. I’ve found some great internet sites to share a little later in the blog post that make it simple.

Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet BirdTo start, Filet crochet is usually constructed from crochet thread made of Mercerized cotton in white or ecru, and worked in rows, but yarns can also be used. It makes a pretty decorative trim like a lace on window curtains, tablecloths, pillows and place settings such as coasters and place mats.

The crochet is worked from a graph or diagram. The patterns are created by solid and open meshes and only two stitches are used, the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch.

 

I’m sharing the General Directions that are included in the leaflet the vintage pattern you can download below is from, Filet Crochet and How To Use It by Augusta Pfeuffer. She authored and designed many crochet leaflets during the early 1900s.

This is what she says about filet crochet:

Filet crochet is the simplest form of crochet, no extra instructions for each piece are given; therefore the publisher has furnished block patterns of each design, thinking it the easiest way to copy.

The simple rule to follow is: In starting a piece, get the correct number of chain stitches by counting your meshes, multiply by three, and chain five extra stitches for your turn. Taking as an example: Chain 24 stitches, make five extra chain stitches for your turn and in the 8th chain stitch work on double, chain 2 again, skip 2 chain stitches, work on double in next chain stitch, and so on all the way up for the open meshes. (This forms the foundation of all filet crochet.) For one closed mesh, work four doubles and add 3 doubles for each additional closed mesh. If lace or piece widens, add necessary chain stitches required, according to rule given.

Filet crochet is always more attractive when made with a good fine thread. The finished work, also the linen, should be shrunk before putting the crochet in the material.

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Okay I found that a bit confusing so I looked around the internet and found this site on About.com that  gives some good basics you’ll need.

Also on About.com is this information, How to Figure the Starting (Foundation) Chain for Filet Crochet.

Here’s another great basic filet crochet tutorial with pictures!

 

One more site, that I was really happy to come across, is software that Vintage Crafts and More Filet Crochet Graphlets you make your own designs. How cool is that? I didn’t even know it existed, so glad I looked.

I feel it’s reasonably priced for what it does and there’s even an opportunity to sell your own designs. Just check in the Designers section of the website.

The site where this software can be found is Crochetdesigns.com by Janet Casarez. She programs Flight Support software for NASA, but her first love is crocheting. She put the two together and came up with this super program.

I hope this gets you started on a journey with Filet Crochet. So many vintage linens have this embellishment, it would be great to know how it’s done and create a few of our own today. If you do, be sure to give us a peek on the VTNS Fanpage, we’d love to see your work.

Here is your free Filet Crochet Pattern:

Filet Crochet Pattern Flower Luncheon Cloth with Napkin to Match

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.

Enjoy!

Miniature Basket and Bonnet Crochet Patterns

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Skipping right to Easter from St. Patrick’s Day, here are a couple of miniature crochet patterns for a basket and bonnet. Each could be used for home decor, party favors, or a gift wrap decoration.

You’ll need to experiment with the thread size. An exact size wasn’t given for the thread used so depending on what size you’d like your basket or hat to be when finished will determine the size to use.

In crochet terms a higher size number thread equals a smaller circumference. An example is Size 5 crochet thread is thicker than Size 10 thread, and Size 10 is thicker than Size 20.  The finest and most delicate crochet thread is Size 100.

I searched around the web and found that most miniature crochet patterns used either size 10, 20 or 30 thread.  These patterns were originally meant for Cinderella Slipper Tinsel or Glisten crochet thread, but I couldn’t find it available anywhere.

I didn’t have time to crochet one of these. I’m hoping to try one over the weekend, so I don’t know the exact measurements for the completed project. They weren’t listed in the publication. If you make one, please let us know the size and post a picture on our Facebook fan page.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Steel Crochet Hook #10
Crochet Cotton thread Size 10 or
Aunt Lydia’s Extra Fine Crochet Thread (Size 30)
Fabric Stiffening Product
Craft Spray Clear Sealer
Find Abbreviations Chart below patterns

Miniature Hat Bonnet Crochet Pattern

EASTER BONNET

Ch 4. Join with a sl st to form a ring.
Ch 4, work 7 dc in center ring with a ch 1 in between each dc. (8 spaces). Join with a sl st.
Ch 5, work 1 dc in first sp * ch 3, work 1 dc in next sp. Repeat from * to complete rd. Join.
Ch 5, work 1 dc in first sp, * ch 3, work 1 dc in next sp, ch 3, work 1 dc in same sp. Repeat from * for 1 rd.
Ch 3, rep. above rd with only 1 ch in between ea dc. Join.
Ch 3, work 1 dc in ea sp ard with a ch 1 in between ea dc. Join.
Ch 1, work 2 sc in ea sp ard. Ch 1, work 1 sc in ea st ard, and repeat above rd once. Join.
Ch 4, work 1 dc in next st, * skip 1 st, ch 2, and work 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to complete rd.
Ch 4, work 1 dc in first sp, *  ch 1, work 1 dc in same sp, ch 1 work 1 dc in next sp. Repeat from * to complete rd. Join.
Ch 4, work 1 dc in ea sp ard with a ch 1 in between. Join.
Ch 1, work 1 sc in ea st ard. End off.

 

STIFFENING:  Use paper or other material to make a mold to drape the crown of the hat over.  Follow the directions on a fabric stiffening product, but before hat is thoroughly dry, pinch around top of crown to form the hat shape. Carefully remove mold while still damp, then allow the hat to continue to dry.  Apply a light coat of clear hobby spray lacquer/sealer when completely dry. Embellish with ribbon and flowers.

 

Minature Easter Basket Crochet Pattern

EASTER BASKET

Row 1: Ch 5, l0 sc in circle. Do not join. (Place a marker in last sc of each row).
Row 2: l sc in first st, 2 sc in next (15 sc)
Row 3: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 3rd st. (20 sc)
Row 4: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 4th st. (25 sc)
Row 5: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 5th st. (30 sc)
Row 6: l sc in each sc, increasing l every 6th st. (35 sc)
Row 7: (Work in back loop only) sc in each sc. Join.
Row 8: (Work in back loop only) sc in each sc, increasing l sc at end. (36 sc)
Row 9: Ch 3 *, skip l sc, l dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc. (shell made).
Skip next sc, dc in next. Repeat from *. Join.
Row 10: Ch 4 *, shell in next shell, ch 1, 1 dc in dc, ch l, repeat from *. Join in 3rd ch of ch 4.
Row 11: Repeat row 10.
Row 12: Repeat row 10, but work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in shells.
Row 13: Repeat row 10, but work 2 dc, ch l, 2 dc in shells.
Row 14: Ch 4, dc in same st, * 2 dc, ch l, 2 dc in shell, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in dc Repeat from *.
Row 15: Sl st to center of shell. Shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in shell, shell of 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next shell. Repeat around.
Row 16: Sl st to center of shell. Shell of 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in each shell around. (18 shells). Join.
Row 17: Shell of 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each shell. Join.
Row 18: Sl to center of shell, sc in same space *, ch 6, sc in space of next shell, repeat from * around. Join.
Row 19: 6 sc over each ch 6 loops. Break off.

HANDLE: Cut 21 lengths of thread 8 inches long. Braid in strands of 7 each. Knot the ends. Sew both ends tightly inside of basket between 9th and 10th shell on each side.

BASE OF BASKET: Holding base of basket away from you,
Row 1: 1 sc in each free loop of row 8.
Row 2: Work in back loop. l sc in each sc. Break off.

STIFFENING: Use a small glass to fit snugly into the basket to shape the bottom of the basket. While still damp, remove the glass and shape the top and handle with fingers. Flatten out the bottom ridge.  At the top, shape out two rows as shown.  Allow to dry.

ABBREVIATIONS
ard……..around
ch………chain
dc………double crochet
ea………each
hdc……..half double crochet
hk………hook
inc……..increase
lp………loop
rd………round
rnd……..round
rep……..repeat
sc………single crochet
sl………slip
sl st……slip stitch
sp………space
st………stitch
tr………triple
trc……..treble crochet

* (star) Repeat instructions immediately following * (star) across or around.

Enjoy!

Victorian Infant Baby Shoe Pattern

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 Full Sized Pattern of Baby’s Shoe – Circa 1870

Victorian Infant Baby Shoe Pattern

Today I’ve found in one of my Peterson’s Magazines an adorable little baby shoe pattern from 1870. It can be made of many different materials. The article suggests cashmere or flannel, but I think felt would be cute as well.

The embroidery on it is a chain of silk thread. I believe any kind of floss could be used to follow the diagram of embroidery on the shoe.

The pattern is for one half of the shoe and sole. With A and B forming the sole. I think this would be easy to put together and if I have time I’m going to try one.

You could do many wonderful embellishments to this little shoe to make it your own, for a gift or to sell, but I wouldn’t use any small items, such as buttons, that could easily fall off and be choked on. Babies are always trying to put their little feet in their mouths.

Click here to download or print out a pdf copy of the Victorian Baby Shoe Pattern. This is a full size pattern for the baby shoe, but I feel it could easily be adjusted for a bigger size by uniformly adding inches to the basic pattern.

For more information about Peterson’s Magazines, check out this site.