OK, I am not quite sure if 1981 counts as vintage, but at almost 30 years old, I think it’s close enough.
This was stitched by my mom in 1981, when I was just 3 years old:
Mom took up cross stitching back in the late 1970s, I think when I was
a little fetus in her belly a baby (Mom, feel free to comment if I get any of the facts wrong, and I will correct them). She took a cross stitch class at a little store near our home in Alabama from a neighbor. – a store that we often visited in my childhood so my mom could get her supplies – her aida, her floss, her patterns, etc…
Without my mom, I don’t know that I would have gotten started in embroidery. It would in the least been much more difficult. She is an excellent resource, and has provided a bit of a foundation – she tried to teach me cross stitch when I was in my early 20s, but I wasn’t ready to devote time to it. And I prefer surface embroidery, while fitting in the occasional small cross stitch project. My mom, as you can see, prefers larger cross stitch projects – the above is actually one of her smaller ones.
I loved this one when I was a kid, so Mom gave it to me. This sampler hangs in my home today, in my kitchen, right next to the door. I see it every day. It’s both a comfort and an inspiration to see all those perfectly detailed stitches, and know the time and care she put into it.