Here is the latest set of patterns that I’ve chosen from my collection for this round of vintage embroidery freebies: Kitchen Motif Designs For Kitchen Towels.
This is from the 1940’s and I think they are lovely and perfect for the kitchen. Here are the details and you’ll find the free downloads underneath…
Kitchen Motifs: Designs For Dish Towels
In This Pattern: There are six motifs to be used on kitchen towels. They are to be done in cross stitch and the simplest of embroidery stitches.
Materials Needed: (Use 36 inch material unless directed otherwise.) Use dish toweling for towels; linen, muslin, percale, flour sacking, gingham or a similar material for other articles. Use six strand or perle cotton for embroidery. Towel: 1 yard or a regulation towel.
To Place Motifs: Center one motif about two inches above edge of a towel.
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
- Continuous lines–outline stitch
- Broken lines–running stitch
- Dots–French knots or fine satin stitch
- Single lines–single stitch
- Loops–lazy daisy stitch
Work motifs in three shades of one color working the fruit or vegetables and lettering in the darkest shade, the cross stitch in the next shade and the rest of the motif in the lightest shade or work in a variety of colors as follows:
- Cherries–red or yellow or both
- Pears–yellow, yellow green or light brown
- Stems–green or brown
- Lettering–black, brown, green or red
- Cross Stitch–black, a color to contrast or harmonize with fruit or any color desired
- Flowers on Dishes–in various colors with yellow or black centers and green leaves and stems