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Let’s Celebrate National Embroidery Month!
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February is National Embroidery Month, so let’s celebrate with a little vintage inspiration! Today I’d like to tell you about my book Folk Art Motifs and how it came to be and share a little bit of the beauty behind its creation.

One of my favorite places to shop for new additions to my vintage textile collection is Quilt Market & Festival.

Shelves of quilts

These shows take place multiple times a year and feature vendors from all over the world. Because of Covid they are now virtual events. Several dealers at the show have been coming for years and have wonderful and rare quilts and textiles to share and sell, like this show stopping leather quilt.

The Folk Art Motifs book was based on just such a find. While browsing the booth of “Quilts from Mulberry Lane” based in Texas, I happened upon this amazing quilt we suspect was from the 1830’s.

Quilt Show
Quilt close up

The detailed decorative borders and motifs tell the story of the stitcher and really draw you in. With this embroidered quilt treasure as inspiration, Folk Art Motifs were born. It has over 400 designs, and 10 border styles to hand embroider. The book also includes lots of basic hand embroidery techniques and instructions for beginners, as well as two quilt patterns. One quilt pattern is based on the designs of this vintage black and taupe quilt featured above, and another is based on this Redwork Penny Square quilt.

Redwork Quilt
Quilt close up
Horse old and new

Here are some additional samples of designs from the Folk Art Motifs book. Vintage Made Modern!

Are you new to embroidery? Several years ago I created a video series that covers all the basics of hand embroidery AND includes free designs to practice the stitches from the tutorials included! You can see them all here on the Amy Barickman YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to be notified when we release new videos! 

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Sulky’s Stitch’N Stitch is the ideal product to use for transferring designs from Folk Art Motifs! Just trace, stitch and then stitch!

Whether your base fabric is dark or light, your design will be easy to see and follow! The wash-away sheet also protects your base fabric while you embroider! I love using it when I stitch with our Sulky’s 12 weight thread. See all the Crossroads Color Collections here!

Folk Art Motifs-Vintage Made Modern

This is an instant PDF Download.  This 75 page PDF ebook includes simple stitchery for quilts, dish towels and pillows with over 400 line art motifs designed for hand embroidery. This ebook includes simple stitchery for quilts, dish towels and pillows. Over 400 line art motifs designed for hand embroidery including animals, plants & flowers, everyday household items, abstract designs and much more. 10 decorative accent borders are also included. Two patchwork quilt designs included based on vintage styles – one on-point featuring decorative borders and colorful embroidery & the other in a classic red and cream red work quilt. 75 pages of line art designs and full color cover and back. If you would like a print version of this book click here to see the Amazon listing.



  1. Sheri McAfee

    I love old-timey embroidery! I am currently working on a dresser scarf and doily kit that I found at an estate sale. Great source for craft supplies! Also, when my grandmother passed away, I inherited her works-in-progress. Among them was an embroidery kit. I had to learn a few new stitches to be able to complete it, but I did it. It was special working on what she had worked on. I framed it and gave it to my mom as a gift from her mother and me. Stitching connects the generations for sure and is so worth “making modern”!!

    • Amy Barickman

      Thanks for sharing Sheri! This is a wonderful story of “Vintage Made Modern” with meaning! What a lovely gift!


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