Vintage embroidery on handbags (master class)

Vintage embroidery on handbags (master class)

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Now many people have become aware of such a concept asVintage, which characterizes the fashion direction. In vintage understanding, a sufficiently capacious value is imbedded, meaning a trend for everything that was fashionable up to a hundred years ago. Vintage embroidery is characteristic of its retrostyle, that is, the creation of things, paintings and accessories with the help of various ancient drawings, stitches, techniques and so on. In general, its essence is to use the combination of color scales and techniques used by grandmothers-needlewomen.





Vintage handbags

Very fashionable became vintage handbags, whichWere popular with women in the twenties and thirties. They are created thanks to all sorts of techniques: a cross, a smooth surface, a bargello. The cross is embroidered with beautiful roses or geometric motifs, which were used for towels, individual details of clothing.
Various embroidered bouquets of flowers are embroidered with a glaze,Uncomplicated landscapes. Most works are done in Victorian or Oriental style. The technique of burgello or Florentine embroidery looks nice when making bags, reticules, purses, which are very bright, with blurry rainbow motifs.
Create a vintage handbag usingTechniques smooth With floral patterns, preferably in the style of the Victorian era, using the smooth surface, you can recreate any vintage accessory. Any fabric: silk, linen, cotton, velvet thanks to the skilful hands of the craftsman will turn into a perfect reticule, a small handbag - a clutch or just a purse.

The main stages of work when embroidering a picture:

  • On pre-prepared fabric: clean and ironed, using a copy paper or prepared drawn individual parts, apply a special marker pattern. Insert it into the frame;
  • Fold the thread in two and begin to embroider the technique of smoothing the art. It is necessary to select the central part of the flower and the stalk with a stitch, gradually fill the applied pattern;
  • Threads are better to choose bright, if possible, then silk. Individual parts of the flower can be distinguished by edging from other threads in color or thin silvery cords, lurex;
  • The edging of the parts is made with the seam "needle forward";
  • After the drawing is completely embroidered, it is removed from the hoop, steamed and if necessary washed.
  • The process of making bags:


  • According to the previously acquired lock for the bag,In the form of a frame, make a pattern-drawing on the fabric. They encircle the future lock of the bag, divide the resulting drawing into several identical parts. Best of all in three parts;
  • From the points at which the central part of the drawing ends, add angles equal to thirty degrees on each side. This is the first detail of the bag;
  • From the fabric where the pattern was embroidered, cut out aThe second, symmetrical part. As a lining choose a different fabric, make a pattern. You can use the already finished parts as a curtain, but three to five centimeters, making them smaller;
  • Each part is connected and sewed together. Take the threads are the same in color as the main fabric and sew the details of the bag together, sew beads and additional decor. Attach a frame lock to the purse. To it fasten a chain and a suspension bracket.
  • Vintage burgello style embroidery

    A colorful rainbow, a dancing flame, is so calledBurgello embroidery. Vintage burgello style embroidery is very simple to perform, but very bright and beautiful. Its main principle is to embroider simple rows of zigzags, located depending on the color scale.
    Features and preparations

    Embroidery rows are located in a certainThe original order. Each of them runs parallel to the previous one and observes a zigzag line. The rows of stitches are repeated after a certain period in accordance with the color scheme. The embroidered zigzag can have different dimensions, since everything depends on the location of the subsequent stitches and the number of threads in one seam. But all the stitches in traditional vintage burgello style embroidery are of equal length.
    For burgel embroidery, a special canvas is prepared with a rare, but a single weave. Fabric for such a canvas can be made of linen, wool, cotton. Suitable and plastic canvas with a rare cage.
    The main stages of work in vintage embroidery bargello:


  • On the prepared fabric, a special designed pattern with a marking for future stitches is applied with a marker. We put the fabric on a machine or embroidery frame;
  • Embroider follows from a certain edge, which is more convenient. The first row is laid strictly on the pattern. In this series, all subsequent ones will be guided;
  • Fix the thread on the wrong side or on the front side, so that the next stitches close the left tip;
  • The needle is inserted into the fabric on the wrong side diagonally and opens to the front side, laying the first horizontal stitch. The next stitch starts from the top of the previous one;
  • Make the marked vertical stitches in the direction: from right to left or from left to right, constantly preserving one direction;
  • The main thing is that the stitches in this technique fit tightly to each other, do not leave empty places and do not stretch the thread excessively, so that there is no excessive tension.

  • The main distinguishing feature of such a uniqueEmbroidery - its pattern or pattern. The embroidery of the bargello technique resembles to many a dancing flame or a fire flower, so some craftsmen call it a torch flame. There are several varieties of these patterns: zigzag, wavy lines, flame, northern lights, medallion, mirror, cathedral, wicker.
    Embroidery of this vintage technique is beautifulLooks on cosmetic bags, cases for mobile phone, purse, clutch, decorative pillows, blankets and some details of clothes. For covers and beauticians should choose a canvas with a small cage, and the thread is best silk or cotton floss. For pillows and rugs it is better to choose a large canvas and the same thread, for example, iris or thin thread, but in a few additions.
    Working in the style of vintage embroidery is quite simple. All products made in a retro style, now find their application, both in the interior, and in clothing, accessories, ornaments.

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