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Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party #116

Vintage Embroidery Monday and Stitchery Link Party #116

Happy Monday Everyone!

Last week, I shared the vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern for Eva, the first pattern for a set of topsy-turvy potholders. Kind of like a topsy-turvy doll… but made into a potholder.

This week’s pattern is for Eva’s best friend, Topsy.

Of the two patterns, this one is my favorite because when I was in Grade 3, my very best friend in the whole wide world was a girl named Sharon. She and her family had moved to Canada from Jamaica… to Toronto, ON originally (if I remember right) and then to Vermilion, AB

The little girl in this pattern reminds me so much of Sharon.

I was 7 and my family had just moved to Vermilion. Sharon and I became fast friends. We were in the same class and did everything together. We spent hours playing at each other’s houses.

I was heart-broken when she and her family moved away, half way through the school year. 47 years later and she still holds a special place in my heart.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Topsy Potholder

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery PatternTopsy Potholder downloadable PDF.



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For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7.  It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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  • Renee
    June 26, 2017 8:52 pm

    Some friendships are just too special to forget. Thank you for sharing about your friend Sharon. Can you believe this is your 116th link party already?! Thank you!

  • NN Conway
    June 26, 2017 12:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing about the thread spools. Now I must run to my sewing room and skip the laundry!

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