Here is the latest series of vintage embroidery patterns from my collection, perfect for this time of year: Garden Harvest Kitchen Towels.
They’re from the 1940s and I think the designs in this set are gorgeous and perfect for kitchen towels. Here are the details and instructions (you’ll find the free downloads underneath)…
Cross Stitch Kitchen Towels:
In this pattern there are six motifs. Done in the simplest of embroidery stitches, they are to be used on kitchen towels and breakfast linens.
Materials Needed: Muslin, linen, flour sacking, gingham or similar cotton materials are suitable for breakfast linens; linen or cotton toweling or flour sacking are suitable for towels.
Towel: One yard of 16 or 18 inch dish toweling or flour sacking for each towel.
Breakfast Set: (One runner 15 x 36 inches and four mats 12 x 18 inches) 1 1/8 yards 36″ material.
Cloth (36 inch): 1 yard 36 inch material. One skein of six strand cotton in each color except baskets which need four skeins and shadows which need five skeins.
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 .
Work in the colors suggested under Color Schemes and embroider as follows:
- Crosses: Cross stitch
- Broken Lines: Running stitch
- Continuous Lines: Outline stitch
- Dots: French knots or satin stitch
- Single Lines: Single stitch
Color Schemes: Work the motifs in a variety of colors doing vegetables in their natural colors; baskets, tan, straw color, deep green or any color desired; shadows, lighter green, gray or a deep color; cross stitch line, predominating color of room or any color to harmonize with rest of motif or black.