Armenian Edging Stitch Instructions from a 1925 Star Needlework Journal Magazine

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The article on the Armenian Edging Stitch in the 1925 Star Needlework Journal Magazine is titled One Makes This Lace With a Sewing Needle. There are instructions for three different designs. All of them start with a loop stitch across the material. Then by adding additional stitches you can build a pretty lace edge.

 

Armenian Edging Stitch Making Lace Edging with a Sewing Needle - Vintage Crafts and More

The instructions use a very fine crochet cotton to sew the edgings. A size 50 or 60 in white. Crochet cotton thread is sized by weight with each weight identified by a number. The lower the size number the thicker it is. The higher the crochet cotton’s weight number the finer the thread. So a Size 3 is heavier than a Size 10.

Armenian Edge Stitch - Vintage Crafts and More

Let’s Learn the Armenian Edging Stitch

Now you could try your hand at making an Armenian Edge Stitch following the directions above or I’ve found several blog tutorials and a YouTube video series that will help you master this stitch.

First of all, on the Artyfibres blog Sarah Whittle demonstrates stitches with step-by-step pictured tutorials. In her Stitch A-Z group she has a tutorial on the Armenian Edging Stitch. It’s very easy to follow as each pictured step has a number for your needle to follow.

Another well done tutorial is on the embroidery blog Kimberly Ouimet. She calls the Armenian Edge Stitch a Knot Stitch Edging and states that it is also known as Antwerp Stitch Edging.

Either way, it’s a good tutorial on this edging stitch. Her stitch looks very similar to a Blanket Stitch since she goes a little higher on the edge of the material. But again a very good tutorial with many pictures to break down each step in the stitch.

Last but not least is The Henry Art Gallery Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide.  There’s a diagram of the Armenian Edge Stitch as-well-as an Antwerp Edge. If you need to find a stitch this is a great site because all you have to do is click on the alphabetical Index of stitches.

The Lost Art of Armenian Needle Work

This YouTube series has 8 parts on How to do Needle Lace, The Lost Art of Armenian Needle Work. It’s really beautiful and it helps to see someone actually doing it.

In the comments the instructor, Ashley says there are very few if any books or patterns for this type of lace. She hopes that by doing these videos she encourages people to learn so there will be a renewed interest in this craft. If the comments on the videos are any indication, I’d say she is succeeding.

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Armenian Edging Stitch – Making Lace Edging with a Sewing Needle

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Daffodil Luncheon Set Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern

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Today’s freebie is from an early 1900’s Star Needlework Journal. I have quite a few Star Needlework Journals and I love flipping through the pages seeing all of the different kinds of projects in them.

This one is a cross stitched Daffodil Luncheon Set. Designs for a tablecloth and napkins. It’s pictured on the front cover.

Daffodil Luncheon Set Star Needlework Journal

A linen with an even weave is used for the cross stitching. The project uses American Thread Company’s “Silkline” Art Thread and Crochet Cotton.

Since the American Thread Company has been out of business for a long time, I don’t have a conversion chart for the numbers but the colors are listed next to the symbols.

Here are the diagrams and instructions:

Daffodil Luncheon Set Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern

The PDF file is below:

Daffodil Luncheon Set Cross Stitch Embroidery Pattern

The pattern sheet 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.

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Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib Embroidery Design

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Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib - Vintage Crafts and More

This cute embroidered Bunny Baby Bib comes from a 1922 Star Needlework Journal. Published by the American Thread Company, each magazine is filled with wonderful needlework patterns for crochet, embroidery, knitting, tatting and lace making.

Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib Instructions - Vintage Crafts and More
The type of material required is not stated so you could use just about anything that can be easily embroidered and probably washable, if you’re going to be using it as a baby bib.

Enlarged, the design would make a nice quilted wall hanging.

The project uses American Thread Company’s “Silkline” Art Thread and Crochet Cotton.

Article 50 – Silkline Art Thread is “an embroidery cotton of excellent brilliancy in a most artistic line of shades. The strands may be easily separated.” It comes in six strands, skeins in white and colors.

Since American Thread Company has been out of business for a long time, I don’t have a color conversion chart for the numbers used with the design so the choice of coloring would be yours.

Most of the outline stitch is worked using black for the head and red for the remainder of the design.

The Article 30 – Silkline Crochet Cotton is “smoothly spun and perfectly twisted as to give to the finished work a distinctive “lacey” feel.”

The crochet cotton is used around the edge of the bib. You’ll see at the bottom of the instructions a s c (single crochet) and p (picot) in a row to finish the edge. You’ll find a handy how-to page on this blog post for these and other crochet stitches.

Below is the PDF file link to download for later:

Bunny Rabbit Baby Bib Embroidery Design

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Beginning Guide to Hardanger Embroidery Stitches

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Who doesn’t love those heirloom baby and wedding items made using Hardanger embroidery? So dainty and beautiful, and if you know how to do a satin stitch, really not that hard to do.

Hardanger embroidery or “Hardangersøm” is a form of embroidery traditionally worked with thread on even-weave cloth, using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques.

Hardanger got it’s name from the women of the Town of Hardanger in Norway who were experts in this type of embroidery. Although the modern form of the work originated in Norway, the same stitches can be found on the wonderful embroideries of ancient Persia and Asia.

Equipment for Hardanger embroidery work is simple, consisting of very sharp pointed scissors, embroidery thread and crewel needles. The material is woven with a square, even mesh.

All outlining or Kloster stitch blocks are done before cutting the threads for drawnwork. It’s best to do the large spaces first, working down to the smaller details.

Heavier thread is usually used for the Kloster or Satin Stiches and the finer thread for weaving and filling in stitches.

Kloster stitch is generally worked over four threads and there are always five stitches for each single block, with four stitches added for each consecutive block.

Stitches of Hardanger Embroidery Illus 3 - Vintage Crafts and MoreStitches of Hardanger Embroidery Illus 4 - Vintage Crafts and MoreSatin stitch is only worked over less than four threads when it is not depended upon as an outline for cut work.

To add Picots to the bars, work half way down, take the end of thread attached to work and twist it around the needle three times, hold in place and draw the needle through, pulling the thread tight and finish weaving the bar.

Below is an example of using the Kloster stitch over eight threads. Note that the center five stitches are worked over eight threads with four stitches on either side to give balance.

Stitches of Hardanger Embroidery Illus 5 - Vintage Crafts and MoreAnother form of Kloster stitch is illustrated here:

Stitches of Hardanger Embroidery Illus 1 - Vintage Crafts and More

These stitches are not used as an edge for cut work, but as a decorative stitch on the material.

There are several ways of forming corners. In the illustration below, the first two are used to form straight edges on either side of a Hardanger design. It’s simply a choice as to whether a mitered or diagonal corner is used, since they are usually a decorative stitch. The buttonhole edge and corner adds strength for use with a cut away design.

Stitches of Hardanger Embroidery Illus 2 - Vintage Crafts and More

This 4½ minute video on YouTube, Beginning Hardanger explains visually how to begin Hardanger embroidery.

The PDF file you can download for later is an article, Fundamental Stitches of Hardanger Embroidery that comes from a 1920’s Star Needlework Journal magazine.

Stitches of Hardanger Embroidery PDF

The article 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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Victorian Filet Crochet Pattern Floral Tea Table Cloth Diagrams

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This filet crochet tea table cloth pattern was in a 1925 Star Needlework Journal magazine by the American Thread Co. It’s a beautiful floral cloth for a small table.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Pattern Tea Table Cloth

I can just picture the Victorian ladies sitting around the table covered with this pretty handmade cloth having tea in the afternoon.

This is the diagram for the flower baskets in the corners.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Flower Pot Pattern

and this diagram is the floral border.

Vintage Crafts and More - Filet Crochet Pattern Flower Border

The PDF file below includes three pages of the diagrams and the instructions.

Filet Crochet Pattern Tea Table Cloth

These patterns are 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.

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Here’s another post that has a Filet Crochet pattern for a Linen Tray Cloth or Placemat and if you’d like to learn more about Filet Crochet visit this post, Exploring Filet Crochet.

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