I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch remember the '80s? Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on All Rights Reserved.
Yes, they were pretty excited about nylon, a synthetic, in the early s. Whether as a fabric for sewing or a yarn for needlework, nylon promised not to wrinkle, not to shrink, and it was completely washable. You see here the fitted cardigans which were part of the s look, trim bodice and waist, often with a long, gathered or flared skirt like the white one shown with the stole.
Samplers are a form of embroidery that evolved in the 17thC, used to demonstrate needlework skills. Most commonly, samplers are stitched by children, using silk or wool thread, onto a canvas ground. They often feature alphabets, numbers, verses and motifs.
This ongoing project is an effort to scan craft pattern publications that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our craft heritages in our hands. Most of these scans have been graphically edited to make the images easier for craft workers to see, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.
The Scarlet Letter produces reproductions of the world's finest samplers, found in museums and private collections. Exquisite materials are assembled to recreate these masterpieces of needlework, and kits are complete with detailed instructions and stitch diagrams, enabling the modern needleworker to reproduce these pieces exactly as they were originally made in centuries past. Learn more
Check out this list of FREE vintage and antique pattern resources that are in the public domain. You can use these lovely designs as inspiration for designing your own needlepoint projects. The wealth of charted, easy-to-follow designs can be adapted without difficulty.
An appraisal is the process of developing an opinion of value. In other words, determining how much your needlework is worth by an appraiser in an independent, impartial and objective manner. I appraise most types of antique, vintage, and contemporary embroidery created with a threaded needle, such as needlepoint, cross stitch, white work, drawn thread, petit point, blackwork, crewel, and more.
Antique samplers were predominantly stitched by young girls in private schools, in the year period between The Huber's large inventory emphasizes American and English antique samplers, silk embroideries and related textiles. Their historic shop open by appointment is a house in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.