This article from one of my 1940s Needlework Illustrated magazines is so poignant, requesting needlework supplies for prisoners of war to work on. When I read what the prisoners most needed - warm gloves, slippers, jerkins and holdalls - I must confess it brought a tear to my eye.
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
Vintage "symbolic" tray cloth worked from a pattern in a 1953 Needlewoman & Needlecraft magazine. The projects included a souvenir sampler to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II
as well as shadow work mats with daffodil, thistle, shamrock & crown motifs; a knitted jumper with emblem pocket; coronation motifs which could be stitched into brooches; a pagenatry tapestry design; an empiric tablecloth with the national flowers of the commonwealth; assisi embroidery in a majestic design; crochet tablecloth edging & doilies with coronation motifs; a diadem design crochet traycloth; a Windsor design embroidered cushion; corona motif embroidery; and finally a cavalcade wastepaper bin and royal tribute Radio Times cover. All this in one 28 page magazine! Quite a historical statement ...
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Trip down to London yesterday & spent ages in the wonderful Liberty store! Had a good look round the haberdashery department, bought some supplies for a sewing project. I dared to enter their amazing Designer Vintage section - rather out of my price range but always inspiring! Have listed some great vintage 70s tea dresses in my ebay shop, including one homemade from a Liberty Tana lawn (always the loveliest fabric I think - the peach dress shown) and a 40s inspired blue & mauve number by Marion Donaldson.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Just had to buy this super cute doll sized peacock chair - sure I will make use of it in the future as I want to stitch some 70s themed rag dolls
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Just a few photos from an interesting vintage 50s book - The Book of Good Housekeeping - did anyone out there ever look that happy using a vacuum cleaner??? x
Monday, 30 June 2014
These little handmade clothespin or dolly peg dolls are dressed in the fashions I wore as a teenager in the 70s - jeans & smock tops, long maxi floral dresses & of course flowers in their hair! x
Monday, 23 June 2014
What a fab way to revamp a couple of old vintage dresses into a lovely dress & jacket combo - wouldn't this be perfect for a mother of the bride outfit? I love the way this uses vintage dresses, which so often don't fit well, to make a lovely smart two piece. This article was found in an early 60s Pins & Needles magazine. Do let me know if you use this idea to rework an outfit of your own. x