Wednesday, February 6, 2013

a vintage pillow

Thank you for all your sweet comments on my new items! I am truly blessed by your kindness and support! So, many thanks for making my day brighter!
Last Friday, I went to an estate sale on my street, which was great to not have to go very far, and I came home with a few lovely treasures. The prices were quite high, so I didn't get to take all that caught my eye, unfortunately. Well, this vintage crewel embroidered pillow was sitting on the couch ready for a new home, and I was more than happy to give it one! 
I have always loved needlework pillows and there is something so beautiful about crewel embroidery. I have not really come across a lot of them, especially ones that I like, but this one was so sweet, that I knew it had to come home with me! I am thinking this is from the 60's or 70's, and I love the pop of bright orange and yellow colors.
The design is beautiful, and the flowers and butterfly are so pretty. I adore the circular shape, and it looks like at one time there was green velvet piping, which is now a dark yellow with green splotches. I will just have to imagine how lovely that was! 
Now it has found a pretty place to rest and be treasured for many more years! It has also sparked my interest in giving crewel embroidery a try. Have you ever done it before?
And of course, I found some adorable vintage pot holders! A girl can never have too many of these cuties! The aqua and white in this darling shape are so pretty, and I do heart that scalloped edging! 
Oh, how I love this one, especially that pretty jade green!! I only wish I could still find that color. And, I was thinking that maybe because it was used and washed, over time it faded to that shade of green. What do you think? Well, this cute flower pattern will definitely be in the making for spring! How lovely would this look in pink!
I am going to try to finish the quilt top this week, as I am too eager to have it finished. So, I am off to sew away! Are you working on any sweet projects this week?

Wishing you a most lovely and crafty day!♥

60 comments:

  1. I love the pattern for the aqua and green cloth, do you mind if I ask where you got it?
    I am crocheting and crocheting this week little hearts ad bits and pieces...
    Bestest to you today
    Daisy
    x

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    1. These were vintage pot holders that I bought at an estate sale, so I unfortunately don't have the pattern. I am going to try to make the flower one by looking at it, and once I figure it out, I can send the pattern your way. Happy crocheting Daisy! xo Heather

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  2. such lovely treasures!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  3. Love the flower shaped pot holder, there's some work gone into these! :) x

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  4. Love the cushion - the colours are just perfect!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  5. I'm so glad you rescued that gorgeous pillow at the estate sale. It looks perfect on your chair. I haven't been to an estate sale in weeks. I'm envious of your sweet treasures.

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    1. I am glad to have brought it home! ;) Well, hopefully you can hit one soon! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  6. That pillow reminds me of the first embroidery pattern I ever did and it was in the early 70s. :)

    Love the pot holders you found! I can hardly find them in any color but pink or red and i like those colors but now I'm on the look out for others as well. I don't think I've ever see a green one so I wouldn't know if that one is faded or not. I know the reds that I find are always so bright so maybe the yarns back then didn't fade?

    Have fun finishing your quilt top! ♥

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    1. Oh, how fun!! ;) Thanks for your help! Maybe I will just have to try to hunt that color of yarn down. Have a great day! xo Heather

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  7. What a very sweet pillow that you've taken in! I do love the details and pretty colors! Lovely pot holders too! I love the aqua and white and that flower one is so sweet! It would be great for spring!! :) xo Holly

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  8. Love the pillow!! I think your right from the 60's or 70's based on the colors! And of course the potholders...just love them! I used a few of mine in a cute project, well I think it turned out pretty cute, that I am sharing tomorrow on my blog!!

    Hugs chris

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    1. Thanks Chris!! Oh, can't wait to see your pretty project!! yay! xo Heather

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  9. The crewel work pillow is perfect! It reminds me of some of things my mother used to make. The pot holders appear to be in perfect condition. I love the jade color too. You got some great stuff--good for you!

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  10. I just love local estate sales..I got to one last year and got some amazing pieces . Your work is just lovely always !!

    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Donna! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  11. get out! that pillow is amazing heather, i adore it, the colors the shape, aaahhhh

    you must have the best shops around you!

    xo

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  12. Some lovely vintage finds there - lucky you! love the round cushion, so pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much!! It was a pretty treasure to bring home! xo Heather

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  13. Love that green potholder. I have a collection and I use them as coasters. You are right, a girl can never have too many!

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    1. Thank you Kathy! That is a good idea to use them as coasters!! ;) xo Heather

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  14. That pillow is the perfect pop of color for that lovely chair! Great find!

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    1. Thank you!! Hope you have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  15. Hello sweet Heather,
    Oh, what a pretty splash of spring color! Your estate sale find is perfection. What beautiful workmanship. When my boys were young I did a lot of crewel. I still have several projects that are unframed. Shame on me! Maybe a pillow would be a better idea than something for the wall.

    Thank you for your loving comment on my blog. It's been a very long month with baby's overdue birth and concerns. God has been such a wonderful source of strength and comfort. My son and his wife are adjusting and loving the special time they have with Baby Chandler. In California the husbands get maternity leave so they can bond with baby. My son, Tim, doesn't return to work until March.

    What fun it is beginning the journey of getting caught up on visiting all my blogging buddies. I have so many things I am dreaming to do (once I get to feeling better).
    Blessings and thanks for your prayers and sweet friendship,
    Carolynn xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Carolynn! Praying that you feel better soon! Take care and have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  16. The cushion is awesome, and such pretty colours ... I wonder how many hours it took to stitch?

    My sweet project for the week is to knit a teeny scarf and a teeny shawl, which I will blog about when they are done.

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    1. Thank you Annie! Oh, can't wait to see them both!! Happy knitting! xo Heather

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  17. Heather, I love that gorgeous crewel pillow you found!! I've got my eye on a few I've seen online.

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    1. Thank you!! Hope you get one you have your eye on! ;) xo Heather

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  18. Oh, my goodness, what lovely treasures! I LOVE that flower pot holder...the color, the pattern!! I've never tried crewel before but I've been watching a listing with a couple of vintage kits on Ebay (featuring snowmen, my weakness), I may have to purchase them after seeing that pillow. :) --Fran

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    1. Thank you Fran!! Oh, yes you might have to purchase one, and let me know how you like crewel! Have a great day! xo Heather

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  19. The pillow is so pretty. I remember those back in the early 70's. Oops-showing my age. It looks great on the chair. Lovely potholders!

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    1. Thank you Leslie! Oh, too funny! ;) Have a great day! xo Heather

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  20. Hi Heather,

    It's Laura from VintageBettys. I would love to order one of your potholders that you make, but for some reason I couldn't email you it wouldn't go through:( I would like to have one made with a red rose, mint green leaves and the whitest white you have as a background....let me know when to pay. Could you reserve it on Etsy when you complete it so I can pay through paypal?

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    1. Hi Laura! Oh, wonderful!! I will email you you the details! Thank you!!! xo Heather

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  21. What lovely finds. Aren't you lucky! xx

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  22. Oh that pillow (cushion over here in the UK!) is beauuuutiful - those colours just sing out!

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    1. Thank you!! The colors really are pretty and do pop! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  23. Dear, sweet Heather! I am so glad you could enjoy an estate sale and come home with that beautiful and sweet pillow! The embroidery is gorgeous and it goes perfectly in that pretty green chair! It was meant to be sweetie! I am so happy for you! I know that you will pick up crewel embroidery with not problems at all! The vintage pot holders you found are lovely. They are such fun to collect. I think the flower one will be very cute in pink. I look forward to seeing yours dearest. I also look forward to seeing your quilt! I know it will be gorgeous! I hope you have a very happy and fun day lovely friend! Sending you lots of love, Paula xo

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    1. Thank you so much sweet friend! Wishing you a beautiful and creative weekend!! Hugs to you, xo Heather

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  24. I'm smiling because the pillow top mirrors some colors used on vintage floral crewel pieces I made my Mom in the 70's...your version of vintage was my High School days!

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    1. Oh, your too funny! Hope you have a good weekend!! xo Heather

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  25. That pillow is sure a great find! I don't see them much around either and if I do they are in very poor shape. This one looks to be very nice and aren't all of the colors still nice and bright!!

    Have a lovely weekend my friend. xo

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    1. Thank you Sherri! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! xo Heather

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  26. You brought home some wonderful treasures. When I was a little girl my grandmother bought a crewel embroidery kit. I am not sure if I finished it but I remember thinking this is hard. You have added some beautiful pieces to your shop.
    Hugs
    donna

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    1. Thank you so much Donna!! I might have to give it a try. I just keep adding to my list! ;) xo Heather

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  27. Oh, how I love vintage handwork. Such treasures. Still makes me very sad to see them for sale cheap at an antique store. I hope my family doesn't give mine away!
    Have a great weekend. We got some snow here, so I'll be making a snowman tomorrow.
    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. It is sad, but I am glad that I can take them home! Enjoy the snow! We have had rain today, but it is suppose to clear up. Happy weekend to you Julie! xo Heather

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  28. Oh Heather...the pillow is gorgeous! I love it! So glad you have one now and the work is amazing! Sending hugs...

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea!! I am working on a project with the sweet squares you sent me! Hope to be done next week! ;) xo Heather

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  29. That pillow is so lovely...such beautiful colours. Hugs to you my friend...now I want to go out thrifting. xox

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  30. The pillow is beautiful - the embroidery amazing.

    Nina x

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