have always caught my eye and captured my heart
so much in fact.............. that I embroidered this design this way..........
using black as the main border/trellis design color. I usually stay away from using the color black in large design areas when I embroider............
but this gave me that "40's" look that I wanted to achieve..........
don't you think??
I found this table runner with such a pretty crocheted edging..........
perfect for this embroidery design.
This is the kind of embroidery work I plan to sell when I get my vintage shop up and running!
I also experimented with a new technique..........to me.....it was something new to try.
tinting some areas with a crayon.
It is very easy to do,
1. Trace the design onto the fabric as usual.
2. Make the surface that you want to color clean and smooth on the front and back.
3 . Color all areas you want tinted heavily with white crayon.
4. With the color of crayon you want to use, tint over the white coloring, working in a circular motion.
5. Heat set with a hot iron by laying a white paper towel over the tinted area and pressing......you will smell the wax.
6. Remove the paper towel and if there is any color on it, repeat the pressing process with a clean paper towel.
You can wash your tinted linen, but I would suggest doing so gently. The tinting will last and look beautiful for years to come!
Now back to the 1940's..............
I found this wonderful transfer at a antique/flea market.
It came from this Work Basket issue dated July 1945
This Work Basket transfer was a large 18x 22 inch sheet, rather than the small inserts that the later issues offered.
The peacock design is what made me pick it up.
There are also some beautiful dollies to embroider
and a wonderful cut work design.
As most of you know............I preserve any kind of vintage embroidery design I can find.............
and I spent a bit of time tracing these off to keep and to use at a later date. The transfer sheet itself was so very fragile because of the folds and age of the paper.
After I traced off the designs, I framed the original transfer sheet in a puzzle frame that was just barely large enough to do so. Now this wonderful transfer sheet hangs in my studio and gives me much inspiration throughout my work day of stitching.
How about you?
What is your favorite era...............for embroidery
or for any thing?
I would love to hear!