vintage (embroidery) backsides
I've shared some of the vintage embroidery that my family has, and I have some more to show you. Some you may have seen here before, but today I'm focusing on the backsides. Yes, you get to see the front, but sometimes the back is just as beautiful! I love that about this stitching. There was real care put into these!
This is a photo heavy post, but before we jump into it, I want to point out two things:
1) You will spot knots on the backs. These are pieces that were intended to be washed a lot (pillowcases and table linens), so knots keep the embroidery from coming undone.
2) Some of the stitches are missing on a few of these. Why? It's not because they came undone (see #1), but rather, the thread actually wore through. You can see that it just plain disappeared. Consider then, how much they've been used!
Now, ready to see some vintage embroidery backsides? (Fronts are included for comparison!)
Sometime soon, I think I should share some of the backsides of my own embroidery. Am I brave enough? Maybe. Are you? Post pics of the back of your embroidery work and share a link in the comments!