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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Vintage Crinoline Lady Embroidery

                          I have recently discovered the wonderfully, pretty world of Vintage Crinoline Ladies. Hours of trawling through eBay showed me some wonderful examples of embroidered and tapestry stitched 'ladies' dating back to the 20's and 30's. Time for me to have a try I think!
 I can knit, cross-stitch, crochet, scrapbook and card make but I only ever tried embroidery at about 10 maybe 11 years old. I was trying a simple V monogram for my name (Veronica). Turns out I hadn't been shown how to embroider properly. In fact now I've done some research I think they made it all up!!! LOL. No wonder I couldn't get it to go right...

            SO, after a visit to my local craft shop  (cross-stitches mainly) - 'THE CRAFT CENTRE' in Paignton, I found this printed piece... Purely by chance as they are sadly now discontinued. 

Come on Anchor!!!
We want Crinoline Ladies!!!

Isn't she so pretty?

I took a photo of the un-worked fabric for you.

Lovely clear and narrow lines. Turned out they were pretty easy to cover and the grey print seems to disappear even under white thread.

I choose to sew her in DMC rather than the recommended  Anchor threads.


 (I have never worked with Anchor threads...Can you tell me how good they are and how they compare to DMC? ) Notice all the numbers and adjustments I made to the colour guide. I loved doing this piece. I even changed some of the suggested colours , that's real adventurous for me.

Marking off on the skirt as I went.

The early days.
 I'm zipping through it.
 I LOVE embroidery!

I also changed some of the recommended stitches...

And made these flowers into Poppies...

I love embroidering! I cannot believe how well I have taken to it.  And without 'blowing my own trumpet', I think iv'e done a pretty good job for my first time... 
What do you think?  Nice criticisms only please!

eBay was a fabulous place to look into some of the varied vintage transfers and worked and un-worked pieces. The variety was amazing
Different sewing techniques, use of colour, stitches, some women had added crochet or lace.

There are a myriad  of pillowcases (especially in USA, think it was a major thing over there.),
 dressing table sets
chair backs/antimacassars (that's a new word to me too)
cushion covers
nightdress cases
teapot cosies
needle pouches
hankerchief cases
sweet tins
biscuit tins
enamel tins 
enameled trinket boxes
and CHINA.

The tea-sets are divine! 

Sadly I have no-where to store them so I will have to wait til the children have left home. They probably be back around a second time by then!

Drum-roll please!!!!!

 Ta Da...
the finished piece.

My pretty Crinoline Lady

Turned into a 'Shabby Chic' cushion


More details...

And even more details...

A closer look!

I hope you enjoyed today's blog!
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