Vintage Bluebird Cross Stitch & Embroidery Patterns

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Here’s the latest embroidery pattern set I’ve chosen for the next vintage series to share, charming bluebirds–how nice to have ready for Spring!

Vintage Bluebird Embroidery Set

Vintage Bluebird Embroidery Set

The birds are mainly worked in cross stitch. I believe this set is at least 60 years old (1940′s). There are seven different designs for tea towels, one for each day of the week. This style is known as “Days Of The Week” or “DOW” dishtowel patterns but many used the designs for other things as well.

Here are the instructions (you’ll find color and stitch keys at the bottom of the page):

Materials:

7 Linen Towels
Six-strand Embroidery Floss in the following colors:

  • Yellow; Medium Blue; Dark Blue; Pink; Dark Rose; Green; Lavender; Purple; Orange; Black

Note: These motifs may also be used for trimming linens and wearables by simply cutting off the day-names.

Downloads (Free)

Directions: Click on image to access larger pattern (jpg file format), right click and then save to your desktop. Each of the files have already been flipped so you can trace directly on top of them when transferring to fabric, you’ll find tips for transferring patterns here.

Monday

Monday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Thursday

Friday

Friday

Saturday

Saturday

Sunday

Sunday

Color & Stitch Keys

Color & Stitch Keys - Click To Download

Color & Stitch Keys - Click To Download

Designs are given in Color Chart. Each color is represented by a different symbol or number, as shown in Color Key. On sections not numbered for color, use color indicated for similar sections.

Designs are worked in cross-stitch, except those sections which are lettered. These letters correspond to stitches listed in Stitch Key.

On sections not lettered for stitches, use stitches indicated for similar sections.

Use four strands for embroidery throughout.

Embroidery day-name in desired color, using Outline Stitch.

Embroidery Stitches - Click To View Larger Size

Embroidery Stitches - Click To View Larger Size

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Published: March 4, 2009
Updated: November 21, 2011

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One Comment to “Vintage Bluebird Cross Stitch & Embroidery Patterns”
  1. Laura Partington says:

    Hello!

    I was so excited to come across your site. I am giving my mom flour sack dishtowels for Christmas (her request) and wanted to embroider them. My mom is a naturalist, so your patterns are perfect! I am hoping you can clarify why there are only color charts for some of the days of the week patterns and not all, as I am hoping for guidance with those not posted.

    Thank you!
    Best regards,
    Laura


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