A Godey’s Lady’s Book Star Design For Quilting

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Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine

Today’s quilting pattern comes from a Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine published in America in the 19th century for women. Below is one of the beautiful fashion plates included in these books.

Godey's Lady's Book Fashion Plate 1859

A Lady’s Book

In 1830 when Louis A. Godey first published this women’s magazine it was titled simply Lady’s Book. Around 1840 he added Godey’s to the title. Publishing stopped in 1898 and was taken over by another magazine The Puritan, A Journal For Gentlewomen.

Among one of the first and most successful editors of an American women’s magazine was Sarah Josepha Hale (link to a short biography of her on Encyclopedia Britannica).  She began editing Godey’s Lady’s Book after 1837. During that time until 1860 the circulation went from 70,000 to nearly 150,000 copies every month.

Godey’s left politics out of his magazine. Each monthly issue was filled with short stories, recipes, patterns, illustrations and what it’s best known for, the lovely hand-colored fashion plates.

The Complete Page

As an example I’ve included the entire page the star design came from. I’m not sure when in the 1800’s this design was published there was no date on this loose page.

Godey's Lady's Book - Vintage Crafts and More

Looking for Full Issues to Download

The Hathi Trust Digital Library has a Catalog Record of full scanned editions of the Godey’s Lady’s Magazine from Libraries and Universities. Click on any issue and a full scanned e-book will display. In the column to the left of the display page is several options. One of them is “Get this Book” with the option to download a page or the complete issue as a PDF.

On the right side of the display are options to see one page at a time, scroll or flip through the pages, thumbnails of all the pages and more. Put a couple hours aside, because once you start looking around it’s hard to stop.

Design For Quilting

Not only can this design be used for quilting but coloring, embroidery and applique come to mind. Use your photo editing software or printer to resize the image.

Godey's Lady's Book Design for Quilting - Vintage Crafts and More

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Silk Embroidery Flower Pattern Lovely 1800s Lily of the Valley

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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

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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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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!