So do you LOVE them, or do you HATE them? Vintage Vogart embroidery transfers have made a big come-back in popularity, and a lot of younger generation embroiderers are not only stitching them, but are also collecting them.
There are many resources online about vintage Vogart embroidery transfers, but the nicest resources are the ones that provide cleaned up versions of the patterns, with a good index. By far the best one I’ve seen online is Floresita’s “Hoop Love” page. The index includes mostly Vogart patterns, and some Walker’s as well. Not all the patterns are cute little animals – floral motifs for bedroom linens can be found in there as well.
Here, you’ll find vintage Vogart transfers cataloged by number and name, with a link to the website that hosts the design.
I’ve discussed these kinds of embroidery patterns with many embroiderers over the years – and what it boils down to, it seems to me, is that there are two schools of thought on them. They’re either loved, or they’re hated!
Perhaps I should say there are three schools of thought, because I fall somewhere in between. While I don’t normally use the designs myself for my own projects, I do like them. I like their simplicity. I like the fact that they make embroidery accessible to beginners and that they give beginners and beyond a fun way to embroider something light.
I like the fact that kids LOVE these designs. They do! My little students in the summer really go for these, and it’s so fun to see them get excited over them!
I like the fact that you can go a little further with them – you can embellish them beyond their original design. For example, I took a similar old Sunbonnet Sue pattern (not necessarily Vogart, but the concept’s the same) and embellished her to the gills for a baby quilt, adding a garden and a bee and decorating her dress and bonnet. It was fun.
So I think it’s a great thing that the patterns are collected and made available to you and me through the generous efforts of people like Floresita!
Think of all the people over the past decades who have really enjoyed stitching those patterns! Think of all the embroiderers who have developed a life-long love of stitching because they started on these patterns when their fingers were just learning to hold a needle! Think of all the grandmas who have stitched quilts for their grandchildren using the Vogart patterns, or the expectant moms, making their first Embroidered Something for their Little On-coming Offspring!
Yep. I belong to the third camp. And I like them.
Now, talk about controversy… what do YOU think? Are you first camp (love them), second camp (hate them), third camp (like me – you see something valuable in them, but don’t necessarily stitch them for your own pleasure or purposes), or… are you completely and entirely indifferent to them???
I’d love to hear your opinion, your thoughts, your feelings, your observations, your experiences, and your reasons….!
And remember, you can always comment anonymously! 😉
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