Sunday, 30 March 2014

Tiny embroidered toys

vintage embroidered toys
That lion sure looks cross

These gay ornaments also double as useful pin cushions, it says in the book. I think they'd be lovely hanging one under the other on a string!

Use back stitch, straight stitch, couching, thorn stitch and sequins to decorate these beautiful felt beasts – which don't have to be tiny – make them whatever size you like.

Taken from McCall's Needlework in Colour (1972), you can find a template for the bird, and further instructions here.


  1. Just wanted to say I love your blog-I'm also very fond of the old sewing/craft books.

  2. Ah thank you Debra. Nice to feel appreciated! x

  3. Hi there - I really love your blog - I just love all vintage embroidery and am obsessed with it! Not good really! Anyway, I have been trying to find a copy of the McCall's 1972 that you mention above as I would really love to have these patterns but can't find it anywhere. Could you be more explicit is it a book or magazine type publication? Also (not sure if you could do this) could you publish the pattern for the other bird - the one at the bottom left of the picture - I love the shape! Thank you - Nicky