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Nostalgic for Vintage Needlework

I can still fondly remember watching as our mother would gleefully stitch away at her current needlework project. While she tended to drift in and out of various interests and hobbies over the years, she always loved to create beautiful hand stitched masterpieces. As a matter of fact, I am the proud owner of more than a few of her lovely creations!

For me personally, the appeal of vintage needlework, besides the obvious charm and decorative purposes, are the “stories” that the individual pieces can tell. While I might not actually know the actual origins of these beautiful works of art, I do like to imagine the people who completed them. In the case of the hand stitched treasures that I inherited from my mother, it makes me so happy to think about her as she was working contentedly to create something lasting and meaningful.

When I was a little girl, my mother taught me how to crochet, as well as, how to create various forms of embroidery. I loved it for a time, but then for some reason, I gave it up. Luckily I decided to try my hand at it again, and it must be like riding a bicycle as it came right back to me. So far I've been working on a couple of crewel pieces, but I may eventually go back to needlepoint, as well.


My sister has become truly obsessed with collecting and decorating with vintage crewel. She desperately wants to learn how to create some of these gorgeous works of art herself. There’s just one problem... she never actually learned how! You see, as a child my sister was too active be able to complete such a tedious task and my mother knew it. Her inability to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time resulted in this sad situation... :-) Now she wants me to teach her, so I suppose some needlework lessons will be in the cards in the near future!

As you will see in the photos below, my sister is absolutely CRAZY about vintage needlework and she has amassed a gorgeous collection. I think that it makes her home feel cozy, charming, and unique. Please take a moment to gaze upon the vast and still growing assembly of vintage needlework that graces my sister’s home.

Vintage crewel, in particular, has become highly collectible. We tend to gravitate towards floral and animal themed needlework, but there are many different types available. Because of its popularity, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find these handmade works of art. For that reason, if we are ever fortunate enough to come across a few pieces at an estate sale, thrift store, or just about anywhere we snatch them up.

Many of the pieces that we find immediately become showpieces in my sister’s home... LOL. Fortunately, there are many others that do not. We do offer vintage needlework in our Etsy shop. Although, quite honestly, vintage crewel and needlepoint tend to be some of our top sellers. We usually don’t hang on to them for long. We also carry vintage needlework kits for those of you who would like to create your own. If you are a lover of vintage needlework, please don’t forget to follow us on social media. That's where you will see them first!

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