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Tea Towel Kitchen Designs: {Vintage Embroidery}

Vintage Kitchenware Embroidery Designs

Here is the latest freebie pattern set for vintage embroidery downloads and it is one of my favorite designs. These are from 1935 and the kitchenware pieces depicted are done in elegant lines with some splashes of color.

Details & Instructions:
(from envelope)

It is very smart to have kitchen towels that blend with the color scheme of your kitchen, and these adorable checkered dishes worked in gay colors are just the thing.

The stitches are the familiar ones. Two shades of blue, yellow and red, or 2 shades of green, yellow, deep blue and red, may be used as illustrated,–or choose your own colors to fit in with the color scheme of your kitchen. A new effect–back stitch lines to look like checked gingham appliqué.


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 [1].

Coffee Pot

Teapot or Creamer


Sugar Bowl

Fruit Bowl

Teacup Set


To Embroider–Use six strand cotton for the embroidery. When working the checkered part of the dishes, use six strands in the needle, and for the remaining parts of the design, use four strands. Follow the illustration on the front of the envelope for placing the colors, and work in the following stitches. All outlines and continuous lines are worked in outline stitch (detail 1), checks in back stitch, fruit in outline stitch, jewels in satin stitch (detail 2), and the holes in the salt and pepper shakers are covered with one or two tiny stitches.

Edge–Finish edge of towels with narrow hems, about 1/4 inch. Then using the predominating color of the six strand cotton, work over the sewing line in running stitch (detail 3). Another attractive finish is to work over a 1/4 inch hem with buttonhole stitch (detail 4).

Embroidery Stitches - Click To View Larger