August 18 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Chicken Scratch Half Apron
Lucky vintage find by Candace, Sparkle Power!

We love the white chicken scratch on black & white gingham in Candace’s vintage apron. Beautiful!

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80 Responses to August 18 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. So pretty. ItÒ€ℒs quite elegant in the black and white.

  2. Kelli says:

    I have a turquoise chicken scratch apron that was my great grandmothers that I use all the time. Each of the 4 great-granddaughters got to pick one out. She also had a brown one, yellow I think and maybe a pink…I can’t remember the colors, but I treasure mine. I’ve also got a red pillow in my living room that she did too, come to think of it! She is my inspiration–she never sat down without something in her hands and loved to make things for the people she loved.

  3. Julia M. in MI says:

    I agree. What a great find!?!

  4. Barbara says:

    I love the look on the grey fabric. Looks very art deco.

  5. Sarah S says:

    This is quite beautiful, and very inspiring.

  6. Grace Wong says:

    It’s simple yet very beautiful. I love it.

  7. maddy sherman says:

    Lovely apron! I made one from a hand towel, but this one is so much nicer…

  8. I like the chicken scratch on the gray fabric. Very nice work.

  9. Nancy Mc says:

    So reminds me of my Grandma. I love chicken scratch

  10. Alana says:

    Oh yes, that is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Lisa says:

    I love Chicken Scratch work…

  12. angie says:

    Lovely apron, would love to see some close ups of the chicken scratch, and to be able to tell what size check the B&W gingham is. thanks for sharing this find!

  13. Lark says:

    I love chicken scratch, too! It’s amazing how something so simple really transforms humble materials into beauty. I recently tried chicken scratch for the first time on some apron pockets.

  14. Nicole N. says:

    I really love this apron! I had no idea what chicken scratch was before this Hand Sewing month and now I am desperate to start on a project! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Debra says:

    So so lucky find…love the classic look…gorgeous…i hope she uses it..:)

  16. Rachel says:

    That apron is so beautiful. Almost too nice to wear in the kitchen. Maybe it would make doing the dishes go faster?

  17. Jennifer says:

    I just love aprons!

  18. Misha says:

    This is so pretty. I love gingham I’m going to have to give chicken scratch a try sometime! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Sandy says:

    I’m also a fan of chicken scratch on aprons. Does anyone have any good recommendations for where I can find chicken scratch patterns?

  20. BeckyS says:

    This brings back memories. My Grammy made an apron like this for me when I was little. It was chicken scratch on red gingham. I loved that apron…. Thanks for the little trip down memory lane!

  21. Desiree says:

    I love this πŸ™‚

  22. I love the apron. I need to try some, would make great presents.


  23. lovely. just looking at those stitches is calming.

  24. Jennifer says:

    What a find! I love the black and white. I’ve not yet tried chicken scratch work, but it is so tempting….

  25. Robyn says:

    Very cute… looks like a lot of work though… good thing winter’s coming!

  26. Doreen Kinkade says:

    Oh boy, I remember doing that when I was young. Beautiful in black and white.

  27. Katie Mitchell says:

    Very beautiful! Love these ideas.

  28. Ammie says:

    Oh, this is lovely! Wouldn’t that be “fun” to make? Well, I think it would be! πŸ˜€

  29. Rachel F says:

    I love the pattern on the fabric. Pretty aprons make it even more fun to cook!

  30. Ramona says:

    so cute!

  31. Ellen says:

    Lovely! It brings back memories of my grandmother πŸ™‚

  32. MrPuffy says:

    I think it would be so cool to sew an apron. I don’t have a sewing machine so I’m going to start small with a pincushion!

  33. Bethany says:

    Very pretty. Beautiful in the black and white.

  34. all8garden says:

    I love Chicken Scratch. Reminds me of my grandma. She had red gingham pillow covers with white chicken scratch embroidery that she used to cover the some of her accent pillows on the couch during the summer. This apron is just lovely. Thanks for the memory trip. Now to check out the tutorial/pattern. Thank you, Candace.

  35. Nanna says:

    My aunt used to sew chicken scratch and I loved to watch her make the pretty designs!
    Thanks for sharing!

  36. Darla says:

    I agree with others…chicken scratch is new for me, but I will be on the look out. I also hope to try my hand at a small project. Also love all the great ideas for use of vintage sheets and thrifting finds.

  37. qsogirl says:

    very pretty πŸ™‚

  38. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful! What a fun find!

  39. Isn’t that apron cute! I remember these from YEARS ago!

  40. anja says:


  41. Angela says:

    That is beautiful! I think I need to learn more about this chicken scratch stuff….

  42. Rochelle says:

    What a fun project to start my daughter sewing!

  43. Helena says:

    That’s awesome, love the black and white.

  44. Margie says:

    So very beautiful. It has a vintage look to it-love the black & white!

  45. Annie says:

    Wow! That’s absolutely beautiful!

  46. Bridget says:

    so pretty. I like the black and white.

  47. becky says:

    I remember learning to hand sew by doing this stitch as a child. Grandma taught me well.

  48. Greeblygreebly says:

    I remember doing a chicken scratch project when I was a Brownie in Girl Scouts. We worked on red gingam it was a good intro to cross stitch.

  49. Lindsey says:

    That apron reminds me of my childhood – my mother had a very similar one. It is lovely!

  50. Emily says:

    that’s so pretty–i’d be afraid to wear it!!!

  51. Jayces says:

    Love the apron! It’s gorgeous!

  52. Amy says:

    These aprons that you have been showing are so pretty that I can’t imagine actually using them!

  53. Krystina says:

    wow! its awesome! great find!

  54. Nicki Bane says:

    Lovely apron-thanks I’ve been trying to think of the technique name all day since I found a black and white gingham top I plan to recycle!

  55. Debbie says:

    I love chicken scratch! I have an old vintage apron similar to the one pictured. Would like to give this art form a try myself.

  56. Jen V says:

    This is so pretty! I wish I had more time & patience for such stitch work.

  57. Sara says:

    I love this apron! It really is so simple but stunning. I do have some gingham that needs a home…

  58. Trudy Callan says:

    I love aprons. This one is especially sweet.

  59. Carla says:

    I love the retro feel to this apron. Way too cool.

  60. Stacy says:

    That is beautiful!

  61. Lauranie says:

    It is so pretty! Oh to have the patience to be able to sit and stitch such lovely things! I need my machine for the SPEED! πŸ˜€ I am trying to slow down and really enjoy hand sewing month! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  62. Kirstin Juul says:

    Great Apron
    The attention to detail is fabulous. I love the gingham fabric and the tutorial that goes with the apron. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to make something beautiful.

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  64. Peg Cooper says:

    I love when something old comes to light again. Love gingham and chicken scratch!

  65. janet says:

    that is a wonderful apron, a work of art and craftmanship that can be used for making art and craft! And for something vintage, it looks very modern.

  66. Natalie says:

    Just the word “chicken” grabs my attention! The white cross stitching is so subtle and yet makes a beautiful effect.

  67. Need to Sew says:

    What a fantastic find! I need to make a few little half aprons to get a jump start on holiday gifts – thanks for the inspiration!

  68. Sarah says:

    Very cute apron. Her blog is great I love all the thrifty finds she gets!

  69. Paula in NH says:

    I love Chicken Scratch. I’m making a Chicken Scratch apron for a friend of mine. I really enjoy the process.

  70. jennsquared says:

    Cute! And this reminded me – I need to make myself one!

  71. georgine says:

    What a great apron, I love the fabric!

  72. Kelly says:

    That’s neat. πŸ™‚

  73. Jane says:

    Is that cross stitch on gingham? I remember my aunts sewing dresses from gingham and then cross stitching beautiful design borders at the hem. That was looong ago!

  74. Kaye says:

    I love this little apron. The chicken scratch really adds great detail. Someday, I am just going to have to try some hand sewing.

  75. Nima says:

    wow..that looks awesome

  76. Giulia says:

    I want one!

  77. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful…makes me want some gingham.

  78. Tam Bell says:

    Thats very retro and funky! Makes me want one!

  79. Sharmila says:

    I have started going through your blog, and simply love it!! You have introduced me to so many new ideas. Thanks a lot for that. Chicken scratch for instance is a new word for me!

  80. Georgia says:

    So pretty. It’s quite elegant in the black and white.

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