Sunday, March 30, 2008
Weldon's spring flowers:
A rose is a rose is a rose:
And a butterfly and stylised flower design:
Sorry the quality isn't very good, they're all quite old and crusty, and the Weldon's one was yellow ink, so the scanner wasn't happy. I think someone else has shared the same or similar flowers from Weldon's too, let me have a look and get back to you.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The cross stitch Express:
And the three bears (Goldilocks is nowhere to be seen!) looking rather despondent, yet sinister:
Again I'm only guessing, but I'd say 1930's for this one. I'd recommend stitching the shoe lady for maximum cuteness, as those bears are creeping me out!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
[Feel free to start singing the theme from 'Fame' now if you like!]
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Okay stitchy friends, a confession from me : I don't like clowns or circuses. I know there's lots of delightful Enid Blyton type stories of hours of happy fun under the Big Top, but I don't think the animals want to be there, and clowns are just disturbing. When I was a wee stitchy I wasn't scared of clowns so much as my response was "What's the point? You look stupid and you're not funny." (Maybe I was just a brat though.) However, people swallowing knives, magicians, fat ladies with beards, strong men, people eating fire, and flying through the air are fine by me, if they all want to be there...unlike the elephants and lions. Anyway, enough belly-aching from me. And don't even start me on "dancing bears" and the like.
But I know I'm not alone in my mistrust of clowns...so I was pleasantly suprised when I unfolded this Workbasket sheet and found happy, non-sinister clowns, all drawn with a 1960's sense of joie de vivre. There's about 6 clown designs, intended for quilt blocks. So here's today's pattern, where Happy the clown is trying to "tame" Mr. Lion, but we can tell by the drawing that Mr. Lion is just humouring him, playing along for his own amusement. Roar! (Or possibly Yawn! He looks like that sort of lion.)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Today's transfer is from Workbasket, and designed as pot holders. There's Johnny and Suzie (well I don't know their real names, that's just what I've called them - actually that's a bit dull isn't it? Hmm, okay) - there's Eugene and Hortense off to their pretty little school house. Eugene is a bit of a crawler and has taken an apple for the teacher, but as Hortense is just so danged cute already, she doesn't need to bribe teacher with fruity offerings. Enjoy...and remember to let me know if you stitch these ones up.
PS. Grr, noticing some spam creeping into my comments. Obviously I don't need to tell you stitchy friends to not click on any suss links, and I'm deleting the comments as I find them. It might have to force me to put comment moderation on, but for now, see how we go.
Hey stitchy friends, hope you had a great easter, and didn't smudge choccy on your stitching! Check out a week of embroidery transfers, over at Meet Me at Mike's, Floresita is sharing stitchy goodness.
I'm going to try and play along, but I think I'll give you a single pattern a day rather than my usual featured pattern and rave. Okay, off to search the Workbasket pile for some designs for you.
As it's Easter Monday, here's a fluffy wabbit from Workbasket sheet #80. He was originally designed for a baby's bib, as there's a lambsy as well, but I think he's more wascally than cutesy.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I know it's late, but honestly, I have lost track of what day it actually is. This one is from a Workbasket set of New Testament designs for a quilt (I also have the Old Testament ones as well.) All the designs depict characters and episodes from the Bible, and the drawings all have a simple charm. Jesus and the Children is quite sweet. (If you want to see any more leave a comment and I'll put them on Flickr.) And given it's Easter, this one seems appropriate.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
1. Quick pillowcase made using patterns from the Sublime Stitching book:
2. Hanky with vintage Vogart pattern:
3. Hanky with Sublime book pattern:
4. Rock'n'roll placemat (pattern again from the Sublime book) for a 5 things Rockabilly swap:
5. Yesterday's AT Company pattern, this is actually a bag panel, but until I make the bag, it's sitting in my office at work:
And here's a question for anyone that can offer advice - Irons, cheap or expensive? Does it matter?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Here's some floral scrollwork designs, which are quite lovely to add "dainty appeal" to your sewing projects, and they're quick and painless to do. Last night I decided to give one a burl and made a panel for a fabric bag, using some flowers and the phrase "talk to the hand." [Picture tomorrow when it's dry.] So for prettiness or for some subversive stitching, flowers are go!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
1. My fingernails grow really quickly and I can't stand having long nails, so I've been known to hack them off with whatever scissors are handy.
2. I can play the clarinet, flute, saxophone and oboe. What I'd really like to be able to play is the violin, guitar and piano.
3. I have a weird phobia of stick insects. There was one in the lounge room last night, and I couldn't sit still until Mr Stitchy had put it outside.
4. I used to be scared of the dentist, but I got over that in 2006.
5. My favourite tv at the moment is 'Dexter' and 'My Name is Earl'.
6. My least favourite celebrities - Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
7. I hate chewing gum and can't do it for more than a few seconds without wanting to swallow it.
Tagging? Who hasn't done this yet? Then you're IT!! Leave me a comment if you've done the meme too.
Monday, March 10, 2008
They're all florals from the look of the cover. My copy only has six motifs left in it, and my guess is that there were various sizes of the flowers illustrated on the cover, for pillowcases, towels, cloths, napkins and vanity set. Floral fun:
Sunday, March 9, 2008
But today's pattern is a super-tweet birdie design, ordered from The American Weekly of the late 60's. I found this one on e-bay and had to buy it, as I can't go past a wee birdie! They're doing the usual things, washing on Monday, shopping on Thursday, and as you know, my favourite, baking on Saturday.
Here's some tasty pie coveting:
And of course, birdies doing my favourite pasttime...being stitchy!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I just came across this picture on Flickr, from a vintage children's book: My Word Book 5, 1966 (Printed by W L Hawes, Government Printer, Adelaide).
I think it would look great as a stitched sampler for a kid's room.