Embroidery Stitches And Arrowhead Tacks – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 3

This is part 3 of my series ‘Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques’ with four 1950s counted-thread embroidery samplers.

1940s 1950s counted thread embroidery techniques sewing

This is the first sampler with different embroidery stitches. To get a straight line, one thread was removed before stitching.

vintage 1950s Embroidery knotted blanked or braid stitch, feather stitch, cross stitch, zigzag stitch, herringbone stitch

From left to right: a kind of knotted blanked or braid stitch, feather stitch, cross stitch, zigzag stitch, herringbone stitch.

vintage 1950s Embroidery Satin stitch, threaded back stitch and knot stitch, bullion stitch and twisted chain stitch, chain stitch and a kind of stem stitch with one row of buttonhole filling, running stitch and stem stitch, back stitch and running stitch (over two threads, under two threads)

From left to right: satin stitches (red, yellow and blue), threaded back stitch and knot stitch (red and apricot-colored), bullion stitch and twisted chain stitch (apricot-colored), chain stitch and a kind of stem stitch with one row of buttonhole filling (black), running stitch (over one thread, under two threads) and stem stitch (green), back stitch and running stitch (over two threads, under two threads) (red), and blanket stitch (yellow).

vintage 1950s Embroidery Stitches – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 3
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vintage 1950s Embroidery Stitches – Vintage Embroidery And Sewing Techniques Part 3
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1950s embroidery stitches colored drawn thread work

Sampler two is a colored drawn thread work.

1940s 1950s embroidery drawn thread work close up

The threads were removed and replaced with different colored threads.

1950s embroidery drawn thread work close up
Close-up of running stitches
1940s 1950s embroidery satin stitch triangles
Arrowhead, crow’s-foot and three-pointed star tack

Sampler three with three different tacks: ‘Arrowhead tacks are used at the top or bottom of plaits and laps and at the ends of seams and pocket openings. […] The crow’s-foot tack is the most ornamental of the fancy tacks ordinarily used at the end of pocket openings and seams.’ (1921 instructions about how to make arrowhead and crow’s-foot tacks with illustrations) Here are 1916 instructions with photos about how to make a five-pointed star tack which is used on middy blouses.

vintage embroidery satin stitch triangle back view
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vintage 1940s 1950s chicken scratch embroidery cross stitch on gingham

And some red cross stitch embroidery on blue cotton gingham for a child’s dress.

vintage 1940s 1950s chicken scratch embroidery childs dress cross stitch on gingham
Close-up of 1950s chicken scratch embroidery
vintage 1940s 1950s chicken scratch embroidery childs dress cross stitch on gingham
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Here you’ll find part 2 and part 4 of my 1950s embroidery series.

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