For a while now I’ve been interested in vintage illustrations and their possibilities for embroidery design. I know I’ve mentioned this before, and I went into more detail in this month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine.
Of course if you’re planning to use vintage designs commercially, then being aware of copyright law and not breaching it is very important.
But these little happy owls are not going anywhere. No commercial use whatsoever…. they are for me, just for meeeee!!!! Which is allowed. But I thought I would show them to you and tell you about them as well. Aren’t they adorable? They’re from the cover of a 1960s book by Celestino Piatti, a Swiss illustrator, called “Happy Owls”
and they were just begging to be turned into applique. So I did. (turn them into applique). On a vintage linen panel, using lots of lovely textured fabrics from the sample books I acquired at a local interiors shop sale last autumn. And some machine “embroidery” too. (Not sure if you can really call it embroidery as it’s only straight stitching and zig zag, but it does sound very clever though).
Now all I need to do is find exactly the right place to put them!