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« on: December 13, 2009 04:16:00 PM »

Hi! I recently inherited about 75 issues of Workbasket magazine from the 50s and 60s. Some of them still had iron-on embroidery transfers in them that still transferred! I loved this bird, and have been wanting to make a bag to go with my new blue winter coat, so I made a bird bag using the transfer. It was so, so nice having the design transfer right onto the fabric instead of having to trace it from a printout. I had the brown fabric on hand from making a pillow, and the lining and yoyo are actually a striped yellow napkin.

Close-up of the embroidery. I promise my seams are straight; the way the bag hangs makes them look less straight.  Smiley


And with my coat:


Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009 04:56:22 PM »

How cute! And what a great way for you to utilize that great inheritance!
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009 05:20:21 PM »

looks fantastic with your coat!  i remember flipping through my mum's old embroidery patterns when i was little and there were some gems.  sounds like fun now!
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009 09:19:50 PM »

Your embroidery looks great!  (I'm embroidery challenged  Tongue )
I love love love Workbasket mag - the early ones have "club notes" where they'd tell you how to hold a crafty club meeting.    so many great ideas, recipes, and information.  You can find instructions on almost ANYTHING in those things.
It's like Craftster Old School!
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009 04:38:46 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments, guys! I agree, you can find anything in Workbasket magazine. I found a tutorial for making a cufflink holder out of an old sardine can. I was just kind of like "...huh."  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2009 05:54:57 AM »

So pretty.  Well done!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009 08:07:17 AM »

This is so adorable!!  I love your coat too Smiley  You are lucky to have found those old magazines with the transfers still in them.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009 11:08:07 AM »

That looks so great!  I am falling in love (again) with the old patterns!  For those of you with Flickr accounts, check out the Hoop Love Vintage Transfers group pool:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/hooplove/

You'll find thousands of vintage transfer patterns available for free download.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2009 11:11:49 AM »

Very, very sweet! I like embroidery made into bags. I like your color choices also.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2009 03:20:46 PM »

so very lovely.
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