|This is my market carry-all...a vintage pattern transferred onto a new canvas bag...|
There are a lot of great contemporary embroidery patterns out there (I love to shop Acme Notions online...a great resource for embroidery patterns). And that is what I started with, contemporary patterns or reissues of older ones (thank you Aunt Martha's). Until I started spotting really old embroidery patterns and pre-stamped linens in the second hand and antique stores. Then, the vintage purist kicked in and another collecting bug was born. So, I still embroider great new designs and such, but I always have my eye out for that vintage embroidery pattern tucked into a dark corner of some antique booth, a vintage pre-stamped linen or some other such embroidery thing buried under lots of ugly stuff at the local thrift.
|Another vintage pattern transferred onto a canvas bag...|
A lot of times the older patterns I find will no longer transfer. There are many ways to go about using the design from an older pattern, many ways to trace and transfer. I suggest doing an internet search for techniques as it is way too extensive to cover here. Just search "transferring old embroidery patterns" and you'll find a way that works for you.
|Vogart vintage are fairly easy to find...|
|These are 2 vintage pillow cases that I embroidered...I just need to hem the|
bottoms and attach ruffles...
|An apron that I found in a second hand shop...I love the dog with its tongue hanging out...|
|Lady stamped on a linen runner...|
|A pile of old patterns...I pick them up whenever I see them...pieces here and pieces there...|
|A vanity set that I have every intention of one day embroidering and hemming... or framing...|