Cross stitch Alphabets …. for the words in your embroidery projects

By on 7-28-2011 in Embroidery, Original photos

This alphabet was published in the McCall’s Christmas Iron On Transfers,Vol-II-1976. It is a smaller size and could be used throughout the year. Mother’s and Father’s day cards using embroidery floss, fancy recipe cards using a permanent marking pen are great ways of using these in mixed media. Little muslin samplers made into personalized ornaments and gift tags would be quick to do and give a personal touch in any season.

cross stitch alphabet

Vintage Steam Trains…..the last of the series

By on 7-28-2011 in Embroidery, Original photos

More McCalls transfers from the Memory Lane book…the last of the trains. I love steam trains. They are such large black beasts, playing a large role in the Victorian period novels. Wouldn’t they look good on a pillow for dad on father’s day? How about a book cover or a fabric bag … it would be just for the man in your life.

vintage locomotives to embroider

vintage locomotives to embroider

Alphabet Embroidery Patterns from Women’s Work Basket

By on 7-28-2011 in Embroidery, Original photos

Here is another alphabet set. These set is wonderfully vintage. They were published in the Women’s Work Basket magazine, a little book of all things needlework whether it was embroidery, sewing, knitting or crochet. These wonderful letters would look great on a child’s t-shirt or pillow case. Your grandchildren would love a quilted plaque using an enlarged letter either embroidered or painted. It could also be couched using a bright coloured yarn or cord.

Women's workbasket alphabet-1


More vintage ladies for your embroideries

By on 7-28-2011 in Embroidery, Original photos

Two more pages of Godey Ladies for you. These ladies along with the earlier page are all from the same vintage McCall’s transfer book. I love them all. They remind me of “Gone With the Wind” with the ladies and their long, hooped, swishing skirts.

Vintage Godey Ladies

A set of tea towels embroidered with these lovely women would make a great hostess gift to take along with you when you attend your next holiday party. One could also adorn a journal cover as well.

Vintage Godey Ladies

Redwork or bluework could make your lady stand out on a crisp pure white cotton or muted earth colours on an ecru background would give them a vintage appeal.

Christmas Alphabet….the last of the letters

By on 7-28-2011 in Embroidery, Original photos

As promised here is the last of the alphabet. I love this version of Christmas letters. It is so whimsical and adaptable for so many different venues. The letters could be appliqued using either cottons or wool felt and the rest embroidered on top. They could also be painted onto a wooden ornament or coloured in digitally and printed onto paper to make great tags.




Christmas Alphabet to enhance your Christmas embroideries and quilts

By on 7-28-2011 in Embroidery, Original photos

A wonderful Christmas alphabet was published in the Mc’Calls Christmas transfers, Vol II. A Santa stocking with your child’s initials could make a great Christmas tradition. Embroidered onto a quilt block in a table runner, it would make the best hostess gift.


Adding a few beads to the letters would make them extra festive.



Whether you embroider white on red or red on white to give it a red work appeal this alphabet fits the Christmas season.


QRSTUVWXYZ will be posted tomorrow. There is still time to whip up two or three initials for this holiday season.