Vintage Hanky Projects

I posted a peek at one hand stitching project a couple of weeks ago that used flowers from one vintage hanky. It is now complete.


Spring flower_detail2

There were some ups and downs along the way. I used some hand dyed fabric that bled a little during my damp stretching. While it definitely meant eliminating it from any possible gifts or sales, the bleed didn’t really bother me. It added to the ‘archival’ aspect of the piece. (Not to mention teaching me a good reminder to always test my hand dyes, especially if red is involved.)



I have also begun another stitching project using some more of my stash of vintage hankies. (The local antique mall has a number of vendors who offer a wonderful array of these hankies.)


It is just in its early stages but you might recognize one of the flower groupings included – the last of the flowers from the hanky that I used for the first project.


It is wonderful to find a new use for these vintage fabrics!

Linking, as usual, with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog.

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  1. The bleeding is quite pretty, actually! You might just try using that to your advantage next time. More is more… 🙂

  2. I like the bleeding fabric contribution as well. Great project.

  3. I love what you are doing with the hankies! I have a collection of them that I’ve found at Estate Sales. I agree, the bleeding color is not a problem.

  4. I love the bleed also – the whole hanky is soooo charming!

  5. Lovely!

  6. This one is especially precious.

  7. oh Judy, the pocket is perfection…vintage hankies are such a pleasure to use aren’t they….

  8. These look amazing! I like the bleeding too, i think it adds to the overall ‘feel’ when working with hand dyes. I especially love the red stitched arcs. That’s a fantastic piece of lace.

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