Friday, February 22, 2013

Sweet Embroidered Pillowcases

I have such fond memories of embroidered pillowcases!
When I was growing up, my grandmother always displayed her best embroidered pillowcases on the beds in her 2 guest rooms. I had the priviledge of sleeping on those very special pillow cases once I became "old enough" to stay over.

My older sister's birthday is next month and I pondered a long time about what to give her.
A few weeks ago I found a Herrschners catalog in my mailbox and the memories of my grandmother came flooding back.
Once I discovered kits for embroidered pillow cases inside - I knew I had to place an order. Making a set of these pillowcases would be the perfect, sweetly nostalgic gift for my sister.

I chose the Spring Violet pattern because it said "quick and easy" to make. Just 2 simple embroidery stitches and french knots. I decided to ignore the color chart and use threads I know my sister would like. BEST PART.... the ink pattern dissapears in water once you finish stitching it.

And sew it begins - I was able to stitch this portion of the stems in less than 30 minutes. I'm hoping it will only take me a couple of weekends to complete this set for her.
I'll definately share a "finished" photo before I ship them off to her.

12 comments:

  1. What a lovely gift for your sister! I remember doing embroidery when I was a child and still have numerous pieces I did. I also have a sampler of embroidery stitches my Mother did when she was at High School, the 1940's. I used to love to examine it when I was a kid, it was always stored in the linen cupboard, and never saw the light of day! Hmmmm, I should find it, it's in my sewing room, you can tell it's still not seeing the light of day LOL!!!!
    I also checked out the link you gave for Herrschners, it's nice to know you can still get iron-on transfers, they are hard to come by these days!!!! It's so much easier than tracing them on oneself. I look forward to seeing the completed work, I think your sister will be most pleasantly surprised!!!!!

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  2. It will be a very nice gift for you sister.

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  3. Such a sweet gift for your sister ! She is going to love them ! I labor of love for sure

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  4. Those are going to be very pretty. This is one of the first things my mother taught me to do when I was a little girl...embroidery. Sure wish I had some of those first pieces. Then again, they probably weren't all that good. LOL. Enjoy the process. I am sure your sister is going to love them.

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  5. Your sister will love them and will bring back so many good memories for her also. Sort of a something "new" from the "past."

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  6. This is a wonderful gift for your sister.

    Greetings Grit

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  7. Such a perfect gift for your sister - and a touch of Spring when needed most! Betting most of us first had an embroidery needle in our hands to get us started down the lifelong journey of needlework.

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  8. I have very fond memories, too--- regarding your special embrodery pillow cases!What a delightful gift for your sister...and treasure---- because thet came from you and your hands!

    :) Carolyn

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  9. I used to make embroidered pillowcases years and years ago. My grandmother only made the ones with crochet edgings and inserts. I still have one set left that she gave me.

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  10. These bring back lots of memories for me too! What a sweet gift for your sister.

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  11. Great gift idea. I too love making and seeing these hand embroidered pillowcases! Look forward to seeing the finished pictures. Great job so far.

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