Vintage embroidery in pillows, paperweights, more

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Vintage embroidery in pillows, paperweights, more

28 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Wichita Stitch makes pillows, paperweights, ornaments and more by combining vintage embroidery and contemporary materials.


Last updated on Dec 21, 2017

Wichita Stitch makes pillows, paperweights, ornaments and more by combining vintage embroidery and contemporary materials.


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For the love of old embroidery--and its makers

I have long been drawn to the humble yet spectacular household goods that were hand-embroidered by typical housewives--themselves often humble yet spectacular--in the first half of the 1900s.

I take great pleasure in rescuing their work from attics and linen closets, admiring it, cleaning it and transforming it for today's home. As I handle the needlework, I wonder about the maker's personality, hopes and dreams, for these, too, are contained in each piece of the past.

I opened Wichita Stitch in the summer of 2012 as a way to preserve and share more of this vintage embroidery and to give myself a green light for continuing to collect and recyle it.

Wichita Stitch is headquartered in a garret--the finished attic of my 1931 house--but it has branched out. Although the fabric selection, sewing, making and packaging take place in the attic studio, the vintage fabric is cleaned in the basement laundry room, sometimes stains are sun-bleached on the first-floor deck, and all the paperwork happens in the second-floor office. Like Grandma's embroidery, Wichita Stitch won't be confined to the attic!

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  • Theresa Forsman

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hi. I am a Midwesterner who moved East during the Carter administration. While happily making my living for three decades as a scribe, I never gave up my sewing machine or my fascination with vintage textiles, especially embroidered ones.

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Last updated on June 23, 2012
Welcome to Wichita Stitch, where I mix vintage embroidery with contemporary materials to make goods for today's home. Rescuing and recycling this embroidery is a labor of love—for textiles and for the women who put so much care into their needlework. Thank you for joining me in celebrating these pieces of the past.

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Returns and exchanges
If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, I will refund the purchase price if you return the item within 10 business days of receiving it. If your purchase is not delivered or arrives damaged, I will send a replacement at no charge to you or, if you prefer, provide a full refund.
Wichita Stitch accepts Paypal. If necessary, a personal check is acceptable. Your purchase will not be shipped until the check clears your bank account. Sales tax is applied to purchases by New Jersey residents.
All purchases are shipped (free within the U.S.) via priority mail. All orders received by 5 p.m. for listed items are shipped via U.S. Postal Service within one business day. Custom orders are shipped within 10 days. Upgraded shipping is available.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome custom orders for state-flower pillows, state-bird pillows and for monogrammed paperweights. I will be glad to provide a link to my inventory of state flower and bird quilt blocks or my embroidered monograms. Once you make a selection, I will create a reserve listing for you. Custom orders ship within 10 days.