I found some treasures in the drawers and bench seat of the Art Deco sewing machine cabinet.
This small envelope is just one of them.
Four and a half sheets of unused embroidery transfers.
I’m thinking I’m going to have to do those little chore girls in redwork on 10 or 12 inch blocks and then make a quilt out of them.
And then of course… those snails with washday, shop day, etc. Wouldn’t it be fun to make some aprons with the snails embroidered on them? I’d have an apron for each day of the week.
The flower ladies in the bottom left hand corner… pot holders, perhaps. And those swans, I simply have to figure out something to use those swans on.
The bears and bunnies are adorable.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever use the transfers on the half sheet, but who knows. They’re fun to have for sometime in the future.
I don’t plan on using the actual transfers as the paper is old and I don’t want to risk ruining them. So instead, I’ll use the light box Dave made me to transfer the various designs to fabric.
I wasn’t able to find a date printed anywhere on the transfer sheets to be able to determine if the copyright might still be in effect. Through a bit of research, I was able to find out that The Workbasket was published from 1935 to 1996 when it ceased publication and was sold to KC Publishing. But according to this site, if they were published between 1923 through 1977 and didn’t have copyright notices on them, they are in the public domain. I’m almost positive that these were published sometime in the 40s or 50s, but I’m going to have to do a bit more research to be sure.
These are so much fun, I’d love to be able to share them.