Vintage Household Chores Set: {Embroidery}

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It’s been slim pickings around Tipnut the past few months for new uploads of vintage embroidery patterns, but have I got a treat for you! This lovely Days of the Week set is a favorite from my collection and I’ve saved it till now to finish off the year.

Vintage Household Chores Kitchen Towel Set

Vintage Household Chores Kitchen Towel Set

I believe this is from the 1940s and is something quite unique that I haven’t seen a lot of. Each day is represented by the Letter of that day, which is pretty common, but then lots of kitschy designs are loaded inside each letter to symbolize the chores typically done on that weekday. Each pattern has a lot going on so they won’t be worked in a day, but they’re so charmingly detailed!

Here are the details (check out the list of items in the color suggestions to get an idea of what the patterns have in store for you), don’t miss the free downloads at the bottom.

Household Chores Kitchen Towels:

This pattern contains motifs for decorating kitchen towels. Use linen or some other toweling. They are to be done in a variety of colors using six-strand cotton for embroidery.

Color Suggestions

  • Work lettering in bright red, yellow, black or predominating color of kitchen.
  • Apples, red.
  • Pie crust, tan.
  • Baking tins, light grey.
  • Stool and laundry poles, brown or dark yellow.
  • Wash tub, red or navy.
  • Wash board, rose or peach.
  • Water, turquoise.
  • Irons, gray or black with a bright colored handle.
  • Iron and scissors, grey or black with a bright colored handle.
  • Ironing board, tan.
  • Dressmaker’s dummy, brown and ecru.
  • Sewing machine, black and grey.
  • Pin cushion, red.
  • Lemons, grapefruit and bananas, shades of yellow.
  • Groceries, a variety of bright or pastel colors.
  • Dust mop, orange.
  • Mop, purple.
  • Carpet sweeper, medium blue.
  • Handles, beige.
  • Jug, brown or green.
  • Brush, yellow and blue.
  • Baskets, straw color.
  • Church, black.
  • Grass, leaves and tree, shades of green.
  • Tree trunk, brown.
  • Lazy daisies, a variety of bright or pastel colors.
  • Finish motifs in a bright color or black.

Downloads

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 - Wash Day

Monday - Wash Day

Tuesday - Ironing Day

Tuesday - Ironing Day

Wednesday - Sewing & Mending

Wednesday - Sewing & Mending

Market Day

Market Day

Friday - Cleaning

Friday - Cleaning

Saturday - Baking Day

Saturday - Baking Day

Sunday - Day of Worship

Sunday - Day of Worship

Material Requirements: Regulation dish towel or, if using toweling by the yard, one yard for each towel. Embroidery thread.

Placing Motifs: One motif centered on one end about two inches above hemline.

Embroidery: Follow color suggestions and work dots in French knots or fine satin stitch; single lines in single stitch; continuous lines in outline stitch; loops in lazy daisy stitch; broken lines in running stitch; and crosses in cross stitch.

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Published: October 13, 2010
Updated: November 21, 2011

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6 Comments to “Vintage Household Chores Set: {Embroidery}”
  1. Megan says:

    So chores are vintage or the patterns are? lol

  2. Patty says:

    I’ve never seen Days of the Week patterns with the design in each letter. Thansk you for sharing these!

  3. Merry S says:

    Thanks for sharing! These designs are way cool!

  4. Linda says:

    Thanks so much for sharing…I been looking for a clothes pin featured pattern for some time for a clothes pin bag I’m making for a friend.

  5. Jacque says:

    Used to embroidery a lot and now the kids are out of the house and would
    like to start again. I used 3 strands of floss for the crosses on my tea towel
    pattern, but how many strands do I use to do the back stitch and running stitch?
    Almost everything I’ve googled comes up for counted cross stitch. Thanks!


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