In searching for vintage patterns, there is nothing like the thrill of finding a Christmas gift booklet. I love these for their novel gift ideas, plus the fantastic Santa graphics/pictures are an added bonus!
These particular booklets are supplements to the Australian Home Journal and probably date around 1930's and 1940's.
I know there are many of you who love vintage textiles and I would like to treat you to some of the vintage patterns found in these booklets.
For those who love vintage aprons, this one has an Australian Native Rose embroidery detail.
For the knitters.
For the embroiderers.
For those who love dolls and tea cosies.
As is usual with a lot of the sewing patterns in the earlier books, booklets, and magazines, you had to send for the pattern. It is the case for this cute Koala holding sewing accessories. I am sure that this wouldn't stop a lot of you clever crafters from making your own little version!
The sewing poll. Thankyou to those who voted. As with a lot of vintage textiles, some may be too fragile to display permantly. A lot of care is needed for most and keeping them clean is important. Some may be able to have them on display and protected from dust in glass cabinets. Sunlight should also be taken into consideration. Some items can still be used as with embroidered or crocheted doilies, quilts, tablecloths, aprons, etc. So in all it is really up to the collectors!
Snowman Pincushion Challenge with my pincushion group. All of the entrants did a fabulous job in creating their snowmen. It was so interesting to see the different styles of snowmen that other pincushion makers had created. For me, it was the first time I had involved myself in anything like it and it really set my poor little brain into motion.
Below is my Snowman Pincushion - a Snowman Peddlar!
~~~Snowman Kits~~~ SOLD HERE!
Although it ended up being more of a decoration, I am very pleased with my efforts, and I had a lot of fun.
On the tray are crocheted woollen caps, snowflakes, bells, cork pipes, snowballs and wooden bucket. Hanging off the tray are snowflakes, wooden bucket, pairs of snowman arms, bells, and ear muffs.
Underneath the tray is a snow shovel, wooden bucket, scarf, snowballs, and another crocheted cap.
I twisted my ankle on Friday, so while I had my foot up, I made this very simple little felt Christmas tree pincushion. Now I want to make a lot more Christmassy pincushions!
Dont forget to vote in my latest sewing poll! *****************
I am amazed at the many wonderful graphics to be found on the packaging - press studs, buttons, darning kits, hat pin packets, hair pins, and needlebooks, hooks and eyes, etc. Above is a small collage of some images found on some of my notions. Do you recognise any of them? Click on image for larger picture. ~~~~~~~~
I hope that you will have a vote in my latest sewing poll - vintage laces, tatting, embroidered doilies, vintage mini quilts, vintage crochet samples, vintage samplers, and perhaps aprons and potholders, are just some of the vintage textiles that I would be referring to. Thankyou!
December 1 - Some of you may be wondering exactly what I am asking in my sewing poll. Do you display your vintage textiles permantly, sometimes, or not (those that may be too fragile to display)? For example - you might have old crochet hooks displayed with vintage crochet samples. Tatting shuttles with tatting work. Perhaps you might have embroidered doilies in a frame or bordering a shelf. Mini quilts or potholders hanging on the wall. Or a shadow box full of notions, tools and pieces of textiles. Any type of display.
Dating back to the Victorian times, the crafting of materials such as shells, hair, feathers, beads, paper, etc., into three-dimensional scenes and patterned displays were placed into boxed frames.
Dollhouses too, held a great fascination for many Victorians. From dollhouses to roomboxes, Victorians were keen to collect miniatures to decorate their tiny rooms.
Dioramas' were a project for many school children. Larger or life-sized dioramas' that display historic scenes are to be found in many museums.
Today, shadow boxes could hold themed collections, treasures, memorabilia/keepsakes, specimens, medals, and miniatures, etc.
For "vintage sewing" enthusiasts, shadow boxes are ideal for displaying those small sized sewing items. Thread spools, laces, buttons, button cards, fasteners, needle packets, needle books, small tools, etc., all come together to make a fabulous display.
************************** The results of the sewing poll - "Do you use your vintage sewing items?" , were interesting. 22% used their vintage tools all the time 31% did not use them at all 45% used them sometimes It all depends on the condition of the tools, due to their age they may have become too fragile. Needles and pins may have rusted. With knitting and crochet, some old plastic knitting needles can snap with use. Crochet hooks may have rusted, some may have bent. Reproduction tools would be most suitable for usage. Thankyou to all for taking part in this poll.
This is dedicated to the millions of pincushion lovers world-wide!
Through the power of the Internet and in turn, blogging, the popularity of crafting has spread further than ever before. Craft blogs, knitting/crochet blogs, embroidery blogs, quilting blogs, sewing blogs, scrapbooking blogs, etc, that go hand in hand with thrifting and collecting of textiles and vintage sewing items, has brought many like-minded fiber friends together - north, south, east and west of the globe. Bloggers hold giveaways/competitions to celebrate their "blogiversaries" for post milestones and/or blog birthdays. All you have to do is leave a comment on their blog and a lovely handcrafted prize could be on its way to you. Many bloggers who thrift and sew also sell their creations in a shop called Etsy or on Ebay. We now have words like sewies, ornies, primitive and spoolies connected with crafting. Crafting and collecting groups have also sprung up on the internet through sites like Yahoo and Flickr.
Pincushions are enjoying an ever-expanded popularity like never before. Crafters are creating pincushion patterns and "make-do's" catering to the needs of pincushion lovers/collectors everywhere.
"Make-do" pincushions date back to Victorian times where household items like broken candlestick holders and oil lamp bases were recycled and fashioned into pincushions and even sometimes given as gifts. A trip to the Op/Thrift shop could become a treasure hunt for things like glass sweets dishes, candlestick holders, vintage egg cups, fancy bottles, vases, vintage salt and pepper shakers, anything that could become a "make-do" pincushion.
Above and Below - these items can become "make-do's". I am currently working on the glass candlestick holder that is filled with buttons.
The following picture is of a book which may be considered the "bible" of making vintage-style "make-do's". Needleworks by Kindred Spirits was published approx. 10 years ago and I would say that it would still be the one to consult today for ideas for making pincushions and other vintage sewing items. It is still available to buy.
Front and Back cover. Please note also that the illustration of the pincushion at the top of the post/blog is from this book.
A vintage "make-do" pincushion.
A newly made "make-do" on a metal base with lots of sewing accessories added to the skirt.
The back of the "make-do". The lady bust is particularly lovely.
A cat spoolie! - sits on a wooden cotton spool.
There is a fabulous tutorial found here at Mimi Kirchner's blog. Really worth a look if you are wanting to work out measurements for your pincushions, plus different ways and shapes to sew. Mimi is also a fabulous doll-maker!
The results of the previous poll reflect how many of you enjoy your crafting/sewing. As well as collecting vintage sewing items you like adding your own creations to your collections. A smaller number prefer to stick to vintage pieces and possibly add other artists' work to their collections. Thankyou to all for taking part in the poll. I have added yet another poll to the right side bar. I would love for you to place your vote, thankyou! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I love images of vintage ladies. Be it of illustrations, paintings, on china, figurines, etc. and of course, anything to do with vintage sewing. I am sure there are many of you who share this with me.
Below is a group of china figures. The crinoline lady left, will become a pincushion, and the other two are vintage tape measures.
Below is a very attractive vintage sewing tin with "Workbox" on the lid.
Below is vintage wooden sewing box with a painted crinoline lady doing her embroidery.
Above is the before - a little china basket found at an op shop and - Below is the finished pincushion. Not rocket science here, just added a small padded centre, glued it in. I removed the little decoration and added the ric rac - and as soon as my daisy trim is found among the boxes I will be adding one to the front of the ric rac. (Do you think it needs one?)
Above - also pictured with the basket pincushion is a vintage felt pincushion, very sweet. I thought you might like this vintage pattern for a cute pincushion....you can replace the figurine with any other you might be able to use. Don't forget to check out the op/thrift shops for little figurines that may be suitable. Have fun! (click on picture/instructions to enlarge it)
Thread Boxes - obviously an important item in a Haberdashery shop as the end of the box displays the brand, name of the item, the shade, number, type - sewing cottons, crochet thread and embroidery floss, etc.
Although generally the advertising on the boxes was rather plain and not very decorative, there were some exceptions. I hope you enjoy a little look at thread boxes.
Dewhurst "Sylko" from Great Britain
Semco Crochet Thread
John Clark Junr. & Co The Canadian Spool Cotton Company
C. A. Rickards Crewel Silk for Art Needlework
Clark & Co's Sewing Machine Thread
Lily Mills Company of North Carolina Lily Six Cord Sewing Thread
Dewhurst's Sylko Machine Twist
Bond's "Wenty" Crochet and Embroidery Threads - "A Real Australian Product" Yes, you guessed it! This is my favourite!