Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gay "South of the Border" Motifs

Gay "South of the Border" Senorita finished!
free pattern - click to get larger size and print!

So, it's been quite some time since I shared patterns with you. I decided to re-post some old patterns I had removed. A lot of these are patterns you downloaded in the past and have asked me about, so I'm happy to share them again. These are all vintage patterns that are in the public domain. Some of you may remember the name of the defunct company associated with these patterns - I won't use the company name since it is trademarked and owned by someone else. Hope you enjoy them! :)



I found these inside another envelope, but I could tell by the number at the bottom (133) that this was from another set. My piece has the two cute boy and girl dancers, a couple of cactus and a cross-stitch border. I've wanted this set for a long time, so this was a great "teaser"... :) Oh, and I didn't call her gay. The envelope did. I swear.



My stitched-up version of this senorita is my all-time most popular Flickr pic. Funny huh? It is probably my favorite project, though. Have you stitched up the senorita? Please leave a link so we can have a look see! :)

12 comments:

3anklebiters said...

your senorita is muy bonita! thanks for sharing this.

Michelle said...

Oh it's beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us! I think I might have the perfect skirt for embroidering that on.

Drewzel said...

I love this one too! And I've stitched her up from your pattern...she's on one of my couch cushions, I'll have to remember to take a pic for you!

Carol said...

Hi, I follow your blog for some time. Congratulations, your works are wonderful. Come back more often.kissess. Carol from Brazil

Eva said...

I got this sheet in an Ebay lot, I thought that cross stitch border was a wall, and the boy was playing under its window.

lyndell said...

How Wonderful - I'm working this Senorita and her guitar playing boy-friend at the moment :-) And I've picked very similar colours :-)

Love your blog - Lyndell

Anonymous said...

As a stitcher I really like your collection of vintage patterns and appreciate your sharing with others. Nevertheless, while the patterns look "cute" to some people have you considered that some are very stereotypical (to say the least) and sometimes even offensive? Do you also offer free "Mammie" patterns? You know the ones with African- Americans? What about Native- Americans? They were popular back then. Take a closer look at the "Mexican" patterns. What is the message they are preserving? Your name is Florecita, Spanish for little flower right? Piensalo, por favor!

floresita said...

Hi anonymous! Personally, I embrace the humor and am not offended by it. I recognize that these patterns were created at another time, and in another mindset. Also, I think it very important that we preserve even the elements of our culture that we are uncomfortable with since they serve as lessons to instruct us as to how "not to" represent people. I think a greater mistake would be to let them fade into obscurity and thus we draw the false conclusion that these stereotypes never existed.

As a Mexican, I find these particular south of the border patterns not offensive, cute, and hilarious. There's my 2 cents.

SV said...

Thanks for sharing!Lovely blog....

Bigcielo67 said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! excited and I want it I want it.

Bigcielo67 said...

Florecita that Spanish dancer is beautiful. The fact is that those outfits and dancers actually exist even today it is not a stereotype...LOL. Spanish dancers are a cultural icon and those dresses and the Look of Spanish dancers is a source of pride for many Spaniards and other Latins as well. If it offends you by all means don't stitch it but don't be rude to our generous host. She gives up her own time and talent and shares it with us.

B.Gillespie said...

She's fab! What a Totally sassy pose!