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Monday, February 8, 2010

Blue Birds of Happiness

One of the things that is so appealing to me about vintage linens is that there is such a variety of beautiful themes and designs in the needlework. Southern Belles, as seen in one of my previous posts, are one of my favorites. Another of my favorite designs are blue birds. Just look at these sweet little blue birds. They're perfect for valentines because they're inside a heart made out of a flower garland. So cute!

They're done in cross stitch on a snow white runner. I'm guessing this piece was done in the 60's though these colors were not popular at that time. Love them now, though!!

This adorable pillowcase is from the late 40's early 50's. It's embroidered with a little blue bird holding a basket full of flowers.

The colors are a little bold for my taste, but this style of blue bird is among my top five all time favorites. It's just too cute!

This guest towel has a beautiful pair of soft blue birds surrounding a white monogrammed "C". There are no "c" initials in my family, but I don't care. Monogrammed anythings are a great old-fashioned accent to any guest room or bathroom. It's in perfect condition, snow white and I liked it. Anyway, I read in Victorian magazine last year that Monogrammed linens are very collectible even if the initial "doesn't make sense."

I play the piano and love music so this sweet pillowcase was just too cute to pass up! Just look at these teeny little birds sitting on the music notes. Love it!

Another great blue bird runner. I love the soft blues and pinks.

Isn't he sweet?

This darling little bird is embroidered on a kitchen towel. It does have a couple of faint spots, but not noticeable and it's just too cute to matter anyway.

Another little bird making music, but this time with a violin. My daughter and I tried learning the violin when she was little. This pillowcase is precious not only because it has the adorable little bird, but because it reminds me of that time with my Erica so many years ago.

I'm the first to admit that I have a lot of favorites, but can you blame me? Just look at the workmanship in all of these pieces. I just love blue birds. They make me happy when I see them, real or embroidered!
I hope you enjoyed seeing all this beautiful hand embroidered art on these vintage pieces.
Patricia :o)


GardenofDaisies said...

OMG!! I love love love love love all of your gorgeous bluebird linens!!! I posted pictures of some of mine about a week ago, so you know I am not kidding. Where do you find most of yours?

Anonymous said...

I have only just discovered your blog this evening! I just love the needle work you share at your site. These bring back such sweet memories as the ladies of my family worked some of these same patterns. I remember learning how to embroidery on pillowcases when I was very young...thank you for the walk down memory lane.
I am your newest follower!!!
Take Care,
Sherri Ann

Ninu said...

all of them are beautiful..loved it

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

So pretty! I just love to look Vintage Linens!~Patti

Bernideen said...

The music note themes are the cutest!

Anonymous said...

Patricia, I so miss all of your pretty linens on ebay. I just read this blog and as you know how I enjoyed the blue birds. Hope all is well there as we have 14" of snow here in Waxahachie, Texas. I don't ever remember seeing this much snow when we lived in Washington, D.C. Keep the great items coming for us to all see...vera

Duchess of Tea said...

Patricia darling, thanks so much for visiting me regularly and for the sweet and caring comments you leave behind. I treasure our friendship and wanted to wish you a lovely weekend and a love filled Valentine’s Day.

Love & Hugs

Lisa Leggett said...

Such pretty linens! Thanks for visiting me over at A Cuppa Tea With Me. I've enjoyed looking through your posts and seeing your pretties. I kinda have a thing for pretty old embroideries too, thank goodnes for eBay!!
Happy Valentines Day!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

I love them all! I think it's becoming a lost art. So sad. Great photos. I found your blog from Joanne's blog! Glad I did. Would love to hear from you!

John'aLee said...

Hey Girlie,
Thanks for stopping in at my blog. I love yours!! I love old linens too. The first bird linens on this post is sooo me!!
Do you quilt?

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh Patricia- they are all so beautiful! The "bluebirds of happiness" always make me smile!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your bluebirds are so beautiful and my favorites. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week.


Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

You and I always seem to be with the same thread!Remember the Southern Belles? lol. I have just started embroidering a pair of pillowcases with bluebirds on them! I love your linens! So pretty/. blessings,Kathleen

Janean said...

i just finished a tea towel a couple of weeks ago - vintage embroidery pattern of kittens and days of the weeks. like your inspirations!!! very sweet.

nima said...

wow..what a gorgeous collection of vintage patterns...i need to come here often...beautiful blog..

Julie said...

Ohh - I love the hand towels in the middle with the flying birds on them!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, I remember watching my grandmother do embroidery like this....they are all so pretty....I'm working on a couple of pillow cases but they aren't vintage...Hugs, Lennifer

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Patricia,
I just found your blog and I'm loving it!. I too have a place in my heart for vintage stitching on linen. I have several pillow cases and a few runners, made by my grandmother. I also look for them while antiquing. Yours are truly lovely. I have enjoyed my visit with your day and have become a follower.
Take care and enjoy your day,

Anonymous said...

LOVE these, and your blog too!!!

I just recently received a box from my brother - he did not tell me that he was sending anything or what it was. It turned out to be vintage embroidered dish towels that had belonged to my Grandmother! I have no idea how he ended up with them, but they are an absolute delight to have here in my tiny house.
Thank you for leaving me such at sweet comment at my blog - I am so happy to meet you!


Gina E. said...

I have quite a few bluebirds embroidered doilies etc too, but yours are very special! I love the last one with the violin; the stitching is perfect.
The bright red and blue bluebirds make me think that whoever stitched them must have been feeling very patriotic!

monah said...

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