Vintage Ohio Apron

Brown Gingham Chicken Scratch Embroidery Apron

On our recent trip to Fremont, Ohio I spent a couple of hours at the Share and Care thrift shop. Secretly I had hoped that I would be able to find a vintage apron while we were there, something made by an Ohio homemaker.  Hubby not being too interested in thrift shops, I didn't think this would happen.

Sunday after church we had lunch with our good friends John and Diane.  I knew Diane had worked at Share and Care and when I told her about my new interest in vintage aprons, she suggested I come into the store on Tuesday.

Hemline with Chicken Scratch Embroidery

To my surprise I found four aprons, this being my favorite.  A brown and white gingham Chicken Scratch Embroidery apron, probably made in the 60's.  The Chicken Scratch embroidery fills the hem and upper pocket while a pleating technique was used along with the Chicken Scratch to make the waistband.

Pleated Chicken Scratch Embroidery Waistband

The apron is in good shape, a little repair was needed at the pocket.  Washed, starched, and it looks like new/vintage, just the way I like them.

I haven't been able to find a vintage pattern using this pleated waistband technique but Sew Mama Sew has a good tutorial.  You can fine it HERE

Chicken Scratch has been called many names over the years Despression Lace, Amish Embroidery, or Snowflaking.  Using four basic cross stitch stitches done over the darker or lighter color of the gingham with white or colored embroidery floss gives the fabric a lacy look.  Of course, as with all handwork, many variations can be found.

Keep calm and put your apron on,


  1. What a great find! I've done a little of this work; would like to do more. Your blog is great!

  2. Love this apron. I checked out the tutorial and I won't be doing the chicken scratch but was glad to see a section on sewing the apron ties with a technique I had forgotten.

  3. You were luck finding these aprons, They are like corning ware, getting popular again.

  4. What luck you had that apron is cute!


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