to hand embroider linens to match the vintage items in my shop.
My shop is overflowing with vintage dishware, glassware, and a few pieces like this set in the above photo. Some pieces sit in "waiting" until I find the right design and idea on how to incorporate them together.
This 1960s wall hanging set had me picturing a vintage bathroom...........
so I decided upon this design ......from Aunt Martha's transfers.
And you know me by now.........
I cant just embroider the lines as it shows........
I have to add my own few stitches.........
here is" before"..............
here is "after".
I found an antique gold color floss and added extra embroidery to the wing tips of the bird
here is "before"
here is "after"
Here is " before"
Since I chose light shades of pink ,I wanted the flowers to still stand out
Here is "after"
I embroidered the flowers in long and short stitch and worked clusters of gold french knots for the centers. I also worked the leaves in closed fly stitch.
Here is the whole picture.
If I had chosen this design to embroider before finding the vintage wall hangings,
I would have embroidered the birds in blue........I am most sure.
So the gold gave me a whole new perspective in embroidery.
I purchased a beautiful pink bath towel with matching washcloth and cut the bird embroidery into an oval shape. I then edge finished the embroidered piece in closed buttonhole stitch and stitched it onto the towel.
Now I have a set.........vintage..........new.........and usable........to offer.
How about you?
Do you have favorite vintage pieces that you still like to use?