Most of the estate sales I've attended have vintage linens for sale
at bargain bin prices. I think I paid a dollar or two for these embroidered
linens that embellish pillows I sewed for the grandbabies.
This pillow was made from an embroidered guest towel.
The center of this pillow was a vintage birth announcement that was never completed.
At recent estate sales, I've been looking for vintage redwork
pillowcases in good condition. Having no luck at all, I searched online
and found reproduction patterns at Lace Tales Embroidery.
Here's the pattern I ordered. I even have my choice of English or German lettering.
I also found some lace edging I hope to incorporate into the pillowcases.
This pattern is also available from Lace Tales. Wouldn't a pillow with one design on the front
and one on the back make a sweet baby gift?
Redwork embroidery is done with the stem stitch which I've never
done before, so I picked up this reference book at Joann Fabrics to practice
before I tackle the pillowcases.
It comes with a DVD to download traceable patterns or can be used for
programmable machine embroidery. Obviously, I chose the hand embroidery method.
Here are the two towels I've completed so far.
The one on the left is for me and the mini towel on the right
is for Finley's play kitchen her parents are working on.
You can see traces of the blue fabric marker that comes off
by blotting with cold water.
The redwork book is filled with adorable patterns like these.....
but this is the one that Finley loved best....
I think you can see why. :@
I have two days off, so I may even get my mending done.
The sun just came out, the snow is almost gone and it's forecast to be
in the 60's today.
I'm going outside to play!
Have a great day!