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Kitchen Proverbs Embroidery Patterns – Complete Set

Kitchen Proverbs Pattern Set

Here’s the latest embroidery pattern set I’ve chosen for the next vintage series to share, and these ones are pretty unique I think. I believe this set is at least 40 years old (1960s).

They are six different designs for tea towels depicting a sweet bonnet girl each with a different Kitchen Proverb. Here are the instructions for the set:


Note: These designs can be framed separately for attractive panels in your kitchen or dining room.

Free 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, tips for transferring patterns are found here [1].

A Watched Pot Never Boils

Beauty Will Not Season Soup

Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth

A Stitch In Time Saves Nine

First Come, First Served

A New Broom Sweeps Clean

Embroidery Guidelines

Download the pattern key here [2] (jpg file).

Use 4 strands of floss to embroider designs; 3 strands for lettering, or thickness desired.

Color chart is numbered for placing of colors. Numbers correspond to colors listed under Materials or Color Key. On sections not numbered for color, use color indicated for similar sections.

Color Chart is lettered for placing of embroidery stitches. Letters correspond to stitches listed in Stitch Key. On sections not lettered for stitches use stitches indicated for similar sections.


O – Outline
R – Running
D – Lazy Daisy
S – Satin
X – Cross-Stitch
L – Long & Short


1 – Pink
2 – Red
3 – Orange
4 – Yellow
5 – Green
6 – Blue
7 – Purple
8 – Peach or Flesh
9 – Brown
10 – Black