Friday, October 25, 2013

Antique Embroidery and Cross Stitch

This antique embroidery was sent to me by a lovely lady named Nancy who you may know from her former blog "Lovely in Chocolate."  She doesn't have her blog anymore but we are Facebook friends and one day she just announced that she had found a nice antique embroidery and was going to send it to me!  I was flabbergasted but couldn't say no since I love old embroideries.  
I carefully attached it to some fabric that I think goes well with it and made it into a wall hanging.
There are lots of pretty details to look at, such as the bunny at the base of the tree and the little bluebirds in a nest up in a branch of the tree.
I don't know who stitched it or when it was done but I love it!
Just beautiful!  Thank you, Nancy!
I stitched this from an old stamped cross stitch kit that I found on Ebay.  I had seen a finished one on Pinterest and loved it so much that I knew I had to try and find one to make.  I love the colors and the vintage look of it.  I have not yet made it into a hanging, but it's sitting on the fabric that I will be using, I think it will look nice with it.
It may seem strange to you, that someone would want to stitch an old thing like this, with its unruly X's and a lack of precision compared to a counted cross stitch piece.  I would not have liked this either, years ago, but for some reason, I just love things like this now.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at these and I'm so glad you came to my blog for another visit!

7 comments:

Nancy said...

Karen you are so welcome! I can't think of anyone who would appreciate this more than you, and the wallhanging looks so pretty!

I also love the imperfect beauty and charm of your Home Sweet Home. There is just something comforting about vintage pieces like this!

Nurdan Kanber said...

Congratulations Karen! Such treasures you have got!They are just stunning and so inspirational!
I think, they have found the right home to stay too!
Have a great weekend :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Karen, you know how much I would love to embroider something like the Home Sweet Home picture! You did such a beautiful job! I think you were very lucky to have found this piece. Things like these are getting harder and harder to find. Love the antique picture that you received and made into a wall hanging. Who ever so carefully stitched this would be proud to know that you took care of it!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Sorry I'm so late visiting! The cottage was a lovely gift, and the finished wall hanging is just beautiful, the fabric and trim go with it perfectly and the combination is so charming :)

The fabric you've chose for your Home Sweet Home is another perfect match! You have such a great eye for colour ;) I've never done stamped cross stitch but I think your finish is very cute and wonderfully vintage looking :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Stopping by to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

Solstitches said...

We share a mutual friend in Nancy who is a dear sweet person.
The vintage embroidery is just perfect for you Karen. Lovely that you've finished it in a way that it can be admired and not just put into a drawer.
Your stamped cross stitch is lovely also.
Wishing you a very happy Christmas and happy stitching in 2014.
Margaret

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Happy New Year Karen!