Cross Stitch Needlepoint Rose Design Area Rug

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


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.

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.


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.

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Recipes from 1929

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Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Back in December I shared a vintage Gridley Dairy order card with sweet baby faces on roses and recipes.  Today I have another order card with more baby faces and some Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. These recipes are from 1929.

Green Corn Oysters

The first one is Green Corn Oysters, I know what you’re thinking, oohee, but really there are no oysters involved, they’re sort of a corn fritter or hush puppy and reading the ingredients they sound pretty good.

Green Recipes Corn OystersSee, not so bad.

Green Corn Pudding

The next one is Green Corn Pudding recipe.  I don’t think this is a dessert, but more of a complimentary dish to serve with meat.

Green Recipes Corn Pudding

These Green Recipes use Green Corn aka Young and Tender

I’m not sure how they came up with the word “Green” in the titles of these recipes.  There’s no call for green food coloring and none of the ingredients are green.  May be I’m missing something, if anyone has some information about them, please share.

Comment shared from Tara:

So, I know I am late to this post…However, I was googling “Green Corn” for another recipe (from 1914) and that’s how I ended up here 🙂

Anyhoo, turns out that green corn is simply young, tender corn…not green! Back in the day, they called it green corn. And NOW we know!

So you are right…there is nothing green about this pudding. But I am definitely gonna add this one to my recipe file! Thanks!

The color green or not, they sound good enough to try for a St. Patrick’s Day meal.