Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

Christmas 2021 Deco Tallies

Ninth Day of Christmas

Four little pincushions with black etched designs dying

to become blackwork on a sampler.

The 9th Day: Some Bridge Tallies from the 1920's

I love designs from the 1920's and 1930's, sometimes called 'Between the Wars' and here is a good example. I found these in a flea market years ago and have hunted for them ever since. They have a style all their own.

Within the last year, I used an idea from one of them, can you see which? Look carefully at the Tallest Trees on my Salem Witch Sampler.

I made friends with a dealer who specialized in these sorts of paper goodies and one time I asked her, who are the people who collect these. She answered, graphics designers.

A long while ago, I used the inspiration of one of my 1920's cards to stitch a design of mine called 'Deco Lady.  Here is a close up of her face and hair.

Many years later several people asked me if I used Disney's Frozen as an inspiration. The answer is no, my Deco Lady preceeded Disney's Frozen.

That said, I did chuckle, for I knew where Disney Artists had found their inspiration. Same place I had.

The paper 'ephemera' from the 1920's and 1930's changed so significantly from earlier paper design.It was so colorful and so imaginative in line and filling as well.

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