Monday, March 23, 2009

Charming Wine Bottle Gift Bags and Wearable Art Using Vintage Samplers and Handiwork

I was visiting one of my favorite shops, The Bleu Willow in Simsbury, Connecticut when I spotted the perfect idea for hand embroidered samplers which have been banned from your retro cool walls and buried in boxes down in the basement. Spring these darling gems from yester-year and give them a whole new look.

How about taking vintage samplers and transforming them into wearable art or a playful wine bottle cover. Look how fab granny’s hand stitched motto sampler works out as a pocketbook (see below). Or check out the sweetest wine bottle gift bag made out of another sampler (left photo). Too cute for words.
The good news is that you can find lots of adorable samplers from the colorful era at very reasonable prices. And don’t be afraid to use a slightly tattered or yellowed piece either. There is plenty you can do to hide some rough spots. Think about incorporating vintage embellishments such as old buttons, buckles, ribbons, sequins etc.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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1 comment:

  1. I love the old saying and hand work done in vintage samplers. It was a simpler time and a much happier time I believe.