Vintage Valentine’s Day Poem and Roses

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Vintage Pink White Red Roses Clip Art

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy this sweet poem from 1924.

A Belated Valentine
by Ella W. Ricker

Against the somber heavens
   The trees stretch bare and brown;
The uplands gleam before me
   Decked with an icy crown.
No hint of springtime beauty
   Nor summer’s grace I find —

Yet still, beneath the snowdrifts,
   The sap mounts up with power,
And underground is stirring
   The life of many a flower,
Soon shall the sunbeams’ kisses —
   O miracle of old! —
Awake the fairest blossoms
   Of meadow and of wold.

My locks, O friend beloved!
   Are whitened with time’s snows;
My face is seamed with contests
   And saddened with life’s woes.
Yet underneath is surging
   The fiery blood of youth —
There beats in steady rhythm
   A heart of changeless truth.

Let but thy smile illumine
   The winter of my heart,
Love’s fair and radiant blossoms
   To instant bloom would start;
High in the cloudless heavens
   A quenchless sun would shine,
If thou, through coming seasons,
   Wilt be my valentine.

Pretty Little Crocheted Basket Pattern for Valentine’s Day

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

Today’s pattern is perfect for filling with Valentine’s candy or Easter treats. Get  a jump start on your Easter crafts by crocheting several of these sweet little baskets  to fill with small toys and candy.

They would look wonderful in a deep red for Valentine’s Day filled with candy hearts or pretty pastels filled with colorful jelly beans for Easter.

The pattern is from a January 1914 issue of Home Needlework Magazine.

Vintage Crafts and More - Crocheted Nut Basket Pattern

CROCHETED NUT BASKET

MATERIAL – Crochet Cotton No. 3 and a steel crochet hook No. 7

DIRECTIONS – Chain (ch) 4, and join.

Row 1 – Eight single crochet (s) in ring and join.

Row 2 – Two s in each stitch of Row 1.

Row 3 – Like Row 2.

Row 4 – One s in each stitch of preceding row.

Row 5 – Chain 3, 1 double crochet (d) in same stitch with ch, 2 d in each alternate stitch of Row 4, and close with sl st at top of chain.

Row 6 – Chain 3, 1 d in stitch with ch, 2 d in each 2 d of Row 5. Repeat around, closing with sl st.

Row 7, 8 and 9 – Like Row 6.

Row 10 – Chain 3, 2 d in joining stitch of last row, sl st in same stitch. Slip stitch between next 2 d, 2 d, slip stitch. Repeat around and fasten off.

BASE – Fasten thread in the skipped stitch of Row 4, ch 3, put 2 d in same place, 3 d in each skipped stitch, fastening thread securely at the end.

A ribbon run through the upper row of holes and tied in a pretty bow adds much to the color scheme of the table.

I’ve also included a PDF copy of the pattern that you can save and print.

Crocheted Nut Basket Pattern

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!

VTNS Fan Freebie Friday – Chicken Scratch

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Chicken Scratch Heart ApronWelcome to the VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Facebook Fanpage Fan Freebie Friday.  We are going to take a look at Chicken Scratch today.

Incredibly messy handwriting.  What does that have to do with needlework?  Just kidding.  Chicken Scratch is a type of cross stitch embroidery done on gingham check fabric.

It has many different names.  One is Depression Lace.  During the Great Depression when women wanted to add lace embellishment to their clothing they used this stitch as an alternative to real lace.

We couldn’t come up with any vintage pattern books that we could share here so we’re pointing you to a couple sites on the internet. They will explain how to get started and give you some ideas what it can be used for.

Some of the items you’ll need, besides the checkered fabric, is an embroidery hoop, tapestry or crewel needle and floss. Three simple stitches are used in chicken scratch embroidery – the double cross stitch, the straight running stitch, and the woven circle stitch.

It’s very quick to learn and we’ve found a couple sites that show you how to make these stitches. The West Virginia University Extension Service has a very good pdf file explaining what chicken scratch is and how to do it. The document is four pages with great illustrations.

The eHow information site has two articles we found that explain the technique well:

How to Embroider Chicken Scratch

How to Make an Embroidery Stitch Called Chicken Scratch

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, it’s great that one of the most often used motifs for this type of embroidery is a heart.  The Pegasus Originals website even has a heart pattern they’ve shared here.

Chicken Scratch Hearts

Depending on the size of the check in your gingham fabric and the color thread, you can come up with some very pretty designs.  We hope you give Chicken Scratch embroidery a try and if you do make something special for Valentine’s Day please share it on our Facebook page.  Also be sure to check out the pretty vintage aprons VTNS sellers have for sale right now.

Enjoy!