I’ve been wanting to learn how to embroider for several months now and I remember before moving to Portland I had promised myself to make time to do all these things I’ve been wanting to do.
Like learn flower arranging (check), learn how to use a pottery wheel (working on this), and learn how to embroider (on it!)
Last week I went to Fabric Depot and picked up several embroidery threads based on a 1940s pressed flower art piece I have. I’ll have to post photos of my progress on my current vintage dress revitalization progress… but for now I wanted to share some really stunning antique and vintage embroidery samples that just have me swooning.
The art of embroidery I feel has long been forgotten by most women. I’ve always thought the idea of it was so romantic and pleasant. I think of being tucked away in a garden cottage with a hot cup of tea nearby and passing a rainy day away with my needle and thread.
Have you ever taken up embroidery? Do you think it’s really old fashioned?
Detail Waistcoat embroidery, suit, 1774-1793, French, silk (source)
Samples of stitches (source)
Antique embroidery from 1797, isn’t this just so exquisite? I adore the colors. (source)
These two samples are just so amazing! I’ll have to give ribbon work a try eventually! I just think these would be so lovely embroidered along a vintage skirt hem, don’t you think? (source)
Embroidery on a jacket from 1775-1780. Isn’t this just so simple and lovely? I love the touch of the sequins too. (source)
I think my next project will be a monotone embroidery piece. I love how this looks. Would be terrific on a 1920s dress or an Edwardian dress that has a few spots that need to be disguised.
Oh my gosh, this is just so gorgeous! Look at the ribbon work, it looks like it’s liquid! (source)
Antique tambour embroidery work on an 18th century satin waistcoat. (source)