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April 24, 2013

Retro Stitching With A Twist

By Andrea

I haven’t had a sewing post for y’all for awhile, as I’ve been busy with non-retro sewing projects. However, I have been doing some embroidery lately (I need to have something to do when I am sitting in front of the TV!) and there’s a couple of online shops for embroidery patterns I’d like to share!

First off, Grannie Panties on Etsy:


The Grannie Panties store specializes in cross stitch patterns. Many of the patterns in the Grannie Panties store are bits from actual mid-century sampler patterns, mixed with subversive and pop culture quotes.


I thought these patterns were awesome and hilarious. I bought three of them, and am now a third of the way through Hustlin’ 75.

The other site I’d like to mention is Sublime Stitching:


Sublime Stitching has tons of embroidery patterns, that you can either order in iron on transfer form, or purchase a digital download pdf. Tons of the patterns on Sublime Stitching have a very retro feel, so they will fit right in, in your mid-century home. Here’s some embroidery I did on a tea towel from the Chihuahua pattern:


If you’re just getting started with embroidery, or would like a good reference book, I highly recommend the Sublime Stitching book


It’s a great reference for different stitches, and it also comes with a whole bunch of iron on transfer patterns, the majority of which are very retro looking.

I hope this gets your creative juices flowing!

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6 Responses to Retro Stitching With A Twist

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    April 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Ha ha!!! Those both are awesome! Great work. 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      April 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Thanks, Ruth! I am pretty excited to finish the Hustlin’ one – it’s for Darren to hang in his office at work, LOL!

  2. neca Reply

    April 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    All the links took me to granny’s panties etsy store, unfortunately I can’t find eithe rsublime stitching or the book. I would love to do the chihuahuas!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Whoops! Sorry, neca, something went wonky with my links – I’ve fixed them now, the Sublime Stitching links will now take you to that site. My apologies!

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Oh wow, yeah….great work Andrea…….I SO wish I could do this!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Sara – cross stitch = EASY! I am serious, you’re just making x’s on fabric that has holes already for you, so your stitches are always the same size. You should give it a try! 😉

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