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« on: February 21, 2004 06:39:14 AM »

Wut's ur favorite vintage project...and how do u make it???  
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2004 09:03:30 AM »

Well, for this one, I'm gonna cheat.  My mother is not exactly crafty, but she's a skilled textile artist.  My favorite piece of vintage craftiness was made by her.  It's a potholder holder.  About a month before Christmas, my aunt sent her a box of her old clothes and some other belongings, some of which were her mothers.  (My grandma is still alive, but has MS, and she has been slowly portioning out her old keepsakes to her children.)

Anyway, among these things was an old potholder holder, made in the 50's.  It's about a foot tall and is basically just a big pocket with a ring at top to hang from a nail on the kitchen wall.  Looks a lot like Holly Hobby, but far earlier.  (It's a profile of a girl in bonnet, skirt and pinafore.) Anyway, my mother fondly remembers this from her early childhood, so made herself a pattern, found some repro fabrics that looked similar and made one each for me, my sister and our aunt.  They are adorable.  

I'll try to get a picture of mine and the original.  Meanwhile, I'll ask my mom if she would share the pattern, but I can't guarantee anything, as she's trying really hard to come up with unique projects that are easy to make so that when she starts selling, she has some inexpensive items.  Most of her things are one-of-a-kind quilted/emrboidered/solf sculpture clothing items, and have far too much time into them to go cheaply.  (She's sold a few pieces for well over $100.)  But, she might be willing to share it with the condition that it not be used for profit.  
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2004 11:02:16 PM »

I bought some vintage Vogart embroidery transfers on ebay of pin-up girls, and I really want to make some towels.  Of course the designs could go anywhere (pillows, skirts...) I've seen some great stenciled designs too.  A good book for sources is Vintage Tinted Linens and Quilts.  It can be purchased thru www.d-originals.com
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2004 08:14:24 AM »

I love to do tinted embroidery, I use prisma color pencils to tint, and then heat set it. Then I outline ebroider it. I love to make pincuhions as well .
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