Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Circus Embroidery

Months ago, my mom gave me a pile of some vintage stuff that I'm only now getting organized. I have to share this adorable vintage circus embroidery panel. I think this was stitched up by my mom when I was a child, but I really don't know. Maybe she'll read this and clarify.
Edited: I got this message from my mom:

No I didn't Susie! It's even better because my mother did when I was little!! She would be almost 90 now and how she would have loved knowing that her handwork is getting that kind of notoriety!!

Circus Panel Vintage Embroidery

It's all done on muslin and the edges are still raw.

Clown and Duck Embroidery
Circus Clown Embroidery
I always liked the circus when I was a child.
Circus Dog Embroidery
Circus Elephant Embroidery
In fact, I think I need to rent Dumbo and watch it with the kids very soon.
Circus Bear Embroidery
Circus Doggie Embroidery
Circus Monkey Embroidery
Circus Donkey Embroidery
The craftiness in my family goes way back!
As you can see, I'm not too concerned with ironing....

10 comments:

Lily Boot said...

It's gorgeous! And as for ironing - just explain to those rude enough to ask ;-) that it would flatten the beautiful handstitching! I *love* having things around me that belonged to family members - especially the embroidered and knitted variety - makes me feel so connected to them. warm regards, lily p.s. what are you going to do with it - you can't stick it back in the bag!

Donna said...

So cute!

kerri said...

This piece is so beautiful. And what a wonderful history it has. I'm curious to see what you are going to do with it. Your grandma would so be proud that her work is going to be used and loved all these years later. Makes me a little sniffly.

IamSusie said...

I do love this, but I really don't have a use for it right now, so it is going in the vintage drawer where I keep special things like this. Maybe I'll do a thread crochet border for it and it can be a cute table topper. It would be a nice wall hanging for a baby's room, but my own children are too old for this theme.

Rebel said...

WOW! Grandma can Stitch!

That's just really really cool. Now we know where you get your talent. =)

HollyLynne said...

its beautiful!!! i've got a long drive to Vegas coming up next weekend and I'm planning to emborider a pair of pillowcases in the car . . . thanks for the inspiration :)

Emily said...

That's cool. :)

peacockchic said...

My goodness that is the best embroidery I have seen. It is gorgeous and so fun. Your mother was very very talented. Seems like it runs in the family :O)

BaileyGirl5 said...

What a great find! This will be a family heirloom now. You can finish it and add your history to it. How wonderful!

Unknown said...

Circuses actually scared me as a child--or rather, they unsettled me with so much going on in so many places all at once. I adore the little dog embroidery and thank you for posting it. Another Sus