Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Beautiful, and long overdue

gorgeous flowers

Isn't it amazing how quickly time passes when you get old? Because I can hardly believe that I waited 2 long years to share these with you. But there it is, the postmark on the envelope proving me wrong (or old). :) In any case, these two lovely floral patterns come from the generous Jane who maintains two beautiful sites dedicated to Japanese embroidery: and 2 years ago she sent me a package of loose transfers from assorted English magazines with dates ranging from the 40's to the 60's - these 2 were unidentified and undated, but my faves.

Don't you love that complicated, textured pattern above? It's delicious, even in black and white. I can just imagine my crafty friend Carina picking the perfect colors to make this piece come alive (and by the way she's hosting a giveaway featuring her amazing embroidery and a new book on her blog.)

Just as much as I love the complexity of the first pattern, I love the simplicity of the second:

simple vase

I can totally see this pattern stitched beautifully using white or light-colored floss on natural linen...

Thank you so much Jane, for your generosity, and I hope you'll forgive me for how long I waited to share these, they are treasures!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Giveaway on Feeling Stitchy!

Hi all! I'm giving away one copy of The Kitchen Linens book over on Feeling Stitchy.

If you love vintage transfers or collecting vintage embroidery, this book is right up your alley, so go checkout the giveaway!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Frouffy Pillowcases

green-line pillowcase

Because one always needs frouffier pillowcases. This was in a pile of scraps I had, no label, no manufacturer - it is green-lined. I even tried ironing one of them (there were 2) and it worked!

And yes, that's an actual new scan you see up there! It's fairly impressive considering I scanned it using an almost-dead hard drive. In fact, the sheer effort it took my sad, wheezing, clicking hard drive, sent it to the grave. That's right, people, I worked my computer to death. For you. Enjoy! :)

By the way, I've been getting a few repeated questions that I haven't been able to answer due to time constraints (and no computer). Please read the FAQ on the right hand side and that should answer any questions you have about transfers that have gone away.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Patterns from other peeps...

I know, it's been awhile since I've shared anything of my own. What with my personal life and my trusty Mac being on the fritz, I haven't been able to scan anything new.

So I thought I'd share some links to patterns from other generous people:
from doe-c-doe:
2 Spring flowers
3 cute teacups and kettle

from wee wonderfuls:
Spring cleaning Stitchette

from Badbird:
Hearts and birds (January free pattern)
Folk rabbit (March free pattern)
Bird and Flower sampler (November free pattern)

from Annie Oakleaves:
Cute animals

from Polka dot bunny:
Forest animals