(I would like to note that these patterns are being shared for educational purposes, only. Not for reproduction, retail, or commercial use. )
Do you love embroidery? If you do, you probably have a nice collection of patterns like I do. A girl (or a guy) can never have too many embroidery patterns. Sorta like fabric. The people who enjoy sewing and embroidery tend to gather a collection of these wonderful things.
Needless to say, I have quite the collection of embroidery patterns. I have always been drawn to traditional, vintage, and historical in almost any medium or thing that you can imagine. I don’t know why that is, but I have always been this way. I love the look of modern, but I don’t feel comfortable ‘there’. (Below is the first page of patterns. Please continue to scroll down for more).
I spend too much time on various social media sites. One of my favorites being Pinterest. I am a visual learner, a visual thinker, and creative. Thus, I am sort of naturally attracted to Pinterest and it’s wonderful ‘visual wonderland’ of ideas and inspiration.
A few days ago I was scanning through some wonderful embroidery work shared by many talented embroiders on one of my favorite Facebook embroidery groups. I then came upon a question that someone posted about where to find embroidery patterns and inspirations. I then posted a link to my growing collection of patterns on one of my Pinterest boards. Now, not only do I collect patterns on Pinterest. Being that I am an old-fashioned girl in so many ways, I also love traditional, vintage, and historical patterns that I can hold in my hand. I’m partial to old-fashioned paper books, as well, but I digress. My thoughts then went to my rather large collection of traditional, vintage, and historical paper patterns.
So here I am today with my first share of my collection. I will continue to share other patterns as time goes on and I have a fairly large and varied collection. Today, I share some of my favorite traditional Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery patterns.
I just adore the aesthetic of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. I love the bold lines, bright colors, and beautiful depictions of flowers, birds, and various symbols. It’s traditional but it also has a very clean look to it. It’s all just lovely. I also have some family roots in York, Pennsylvania. The ‘Workinger’ side of my family has been in York, PA since about 1786. Possibly earlier, but that’s as far as my research has gone at this point. I don’t think that my family was actually ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’ per say but the aesthetic was certainly pervasive in that geographical area. I’m fairly sure that section of my family emigrated from a section of Germany which is fairly close to the border of Holland.
I have so many of these patterns that I will have to split the patterns up a bit into a few separate posts in order to keep things reasonable. I hope that you enjoy these patterns. I am fairly new at this so I hope that these patterns will be useful to you in the format that I am sharing them. If they are not, please let me know and I will certainly make any necessary adjustments. Please don’t hesitate to share any thoughts or questions on embroidery patterns, Pennsylvania history, Pennsylvania Dutch art, etc. I would love to hear from anyone who might be interested.