Yesterday, I showed you my “grab-and-go” embroidery project, a little Spring design for the corner of a towel that I’m going to use as a basket liner. Here’s the embroidery pattern for that piece.
This embroidery design comes from a stack of hand embroidery transfers that I got at a garage sale. Most of the designs were loose; the few that were in booklets came from the 1950′s, so I’m assuming this one is about the same time period. The original was a mess, so I scanned it and worked from the scanned image, cleaning it up into a vectorized image, which I’ve saved as a gif file (you can click on it to make it larger, then save it to your computer and resize it if you wish), and also as a PDF file, which you can also resize and print.
The design on my towel corner is about 8 inches wide – just wide enough to print on regular paper. The PDF should work out to about the same (hopefully!)
Here’s the PDF:
If you are interested in using the same colors I’m using, here’s a list of DMC numbers:
Purples: 208 & 209
Bright Pink: 602
I have a blue, too (DMC 794) but so far, I haven’t used it, and I’m not sure if I will. It doesn’t seem “quite right” somehow.
Of course, you are more than welcomed to use any colors you want!
As I stitch, by the way, I’m just improvising. I’ll try to finish enough of the design tonight so that each element is stitched, and then I’ll explain which stitches I’m using.
In the meantime, if you want to stitch along, feel free. You can always get started with the leaves – they’re all worked in fishbone stitch, except for the largest open one, which is outlined in stem stitch – and the stems, which are worked in stem stitch. The center of the flowers are worked in buttonhole wheels, then filled with French knots. You can see these up close on the introduction to this little project.
For a flour sack towel, I suggest using a better quality one, if you can find one. Some of the flour sack towels out there are very flimsy and seem almost like cheesecloth.