7.24.2006

Oh, baby!

Lucky baby to have these cute bibs to dribble and spit up on. Maybe not so lucky for Mom who has to keep them clean :)

I’ve mentioned before how I love vintage Vogart designs and that I have a bunch of their baby bibs that were originally sold as projects to be embroidered at home. I believe these are from the 1950s. You can see the similarities to the bird quilt blocks I’ve posted pictures of recently. I’m sure they were drawn by the same artist. But, like most artists whose work is owned by the company they work for, we’ll probably never know their name. I actually can't find out much about the Vogart company either.

Vogart baby bib

I suspect there are so many unfinished ones available because women bought them while pregnant, thinking they'd have plenty of time to finish them before their babies were born. They didn't. And then had no time afterward. So they got packed away in a trunk somewhere. For lucky people like me to find.

Vogart baby bib

These can be a bit tricky to embroider. If you pass the thread all the way through, then you can see the stitching on the back. That’s messy-looking. What I do is to keep the stitches inside between the layers of fabric and batting. And, especially on the white ones, you can see through the top layer so you have to be careful where you hide the darker threads.

Vogart baby bib

I embroidered all of these except the pigs, which came to me (via Ebay) already finished. They always have cute animals—pigs, lambs, kittens, puppies, chicks, and rabbits. And they always have long eyelashes and daisy-like flowers around their feet. Some have words; some don’t. I just love the whimsical style and the expressions on the faces.

Vogart baby bib

I have several more of these to work on, and they finish up quickly. But, I have so much to do outdoors this time of year that embroidery moves closer to the bottom of my to-do list. In a couple of months I'll take it up again. And have more projects to show you.

7 comments:

Carrie said...

Love these - and as always, I love your talent with the needle.

Kate said...

How cute! It always makes me a lil sad that something so lovely is designed to be vomitted and dribbled on - but having pretty functional things is even more lovely than something that can only ever be looked at IMHO.

One Little Monkey said...

Those are so sweet--I love vintage baby things like that.

Dawn said...

Love these bibs...anything vintage looking..I'm a pushover.

Lauren said...

Those are so cute. I would frame them.

Catherine said...

I too am in love with the Vogart patterns. To think that they were available in Woolworth's when I was a kid at about 15 cents each and I didn't stock up! But my addictions were different as a five-year-old: coloring and cut-out books - and Woolworth's had plenty of those too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, those bibs are darling! I'm obsessed with vintage Vogart stuff as well, and have been stitching a lot of their patterns lately. You work is amazing! :)