Sunday, October 14, 2007


Old Books and Old Patterns.

There is a lot to be said about the way instructions
for patterns were given
in vintage publications.
They certainly set you thinking about how things
were to be put together. Actually not so much
patterns but more 'ideas'.
As for knitting, we have it so spelt out to us these days
compared to 80 or more years ago,
I find it really amazing that anything was able to
be made. Then I suppose if it was something
that you had to do for the sake of clothing the
family and you had been sewing since childhood,
well then, you would be quite the expert.
I have a number of vintage books for needlework and knitting.
I have decided here to show you two and included some of
the patterns/directions for you to try.
From the first book - Mrs. Leach's Fancy Work Basket from
the 1890's - Vol. 4 - I have shown the directions for making

The Stitchery Annual by Flora Klickman is from the early 1900's.
This section here is for the younger miss and also gives directions for a pincushion.
(Please click on pictures for larger image).

In the search for patterns, do not overlook the pattern books for the
younger set. The patterns you find are most often delightful, easy, and
can also be adapted for other designs.
Here is a book called Needle Craft from the 1940's. With the popularity
of making and collecting Aprons, I have included the pattern page

From the book -
Photo of a class of children intent with their sewing.


Heidi said...

I have a great love of old books. I have the Mary Francis book of sewing. I will have to share that with you on my blog one day.

I was looking at the pattern from
The Stitchery Annual by Flora Klickman and it is one that is still popular. I may try and make that following your book. It would be fun to try. I did that with a heart pincushion from an 1800s girls sewing pattern and had fun doing it. It was so simple too.

Thanks for sharing these.

~~ Heidi ~~

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I love these old books. They really do offer great ideas for making things that we still use today. xo, Becky