Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vintage Embroidery

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I have a thing for 70s era textile art books: the more colorful and cheesier the better. Here’s my latest find: The Basic Book of Embroidery, by Jane Simpson (Octopus, 1973). The highlights include:

this whimsical and somewhat creepy wall hanging


This beadalicious snood (how I wish I would have had one of those back in my ballet days)


This Pucci-esque bedazzled top (you have to admit the fabric is pretty awesome)


And this lovely “evening purse”:


This looks more like a jazzy hot water bottle cover, especially since it is lying on what looks like a rumpled sheet.

In all seriousness, though, I kind of love some of the embroidery from this era—the psychadelic colors and geometric shapes are pretty cool. Cooler at least, than the cutesy, cartoonish and/or Victorian-looking patterns that seem to be popular today.

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