Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vintage Handcrafts

Having recently discovered the fun that can be had op-shopping, I've started to amass a small but charming collection of vintage craft books. This recent find from 1972 is a true delight, with a variety of "novelty articles to sew", some smocking and crochet, as well as an assortment of "decorative articles from tulle". I was drawn in by the author's rather  lofty claims in the introduction - "How many times have you bought a handcraft book and have only used one article from it? In this book there is a use for every article." Every article? Really?

At first I wasn't sure if I'd have much use for this tulle swan, but the author Mrs Harris suggests it would be lovely for a wedding, especially if made in a colour to match the bridesmaids' dresses. I'll keep it in mind for my friend's wedding in December. I'm thinking peach tulle, Amanda.

I don't own a great many pairs of stockings, but the few I have would fit beautifully into this useful stocking bag. Mrs Harris suggests hanging it on a hook in an inconspicuous part of the bedroom, but I say something as classy as this should be out on display, perhaps somewhere near the front door.

Who wants their Mixmaster uglying up the kitchen bench? Better to cover it in something that is far more aesthetically pleasing and not cluttering in the slightest. I wonder if it works for KitchenAids too...

And this one's pure genius! My kitchen string is always a shambles, getting knotted up and twisted around the clingwrap and alfoil in the drawer. Wouldn't this not-even-slightly-freaky-looking monkey string holder solve all that? There's a doll face version too, but I reckon the monkey wins hands down. Now if only I can find 1 plastic monkey face...


  1. I'm sorry, but I have to admit I was laughing so much, I snorted!!! Hilarious. You are a magic mind...keep writing my friend!

  2. Play your cards right, Wol, a monkey face string holder could be yours!

  3. I love finding vintage-y craft books - some things are lovely and others are just downright bizarre. That frog on the cover - do you think you could post the directions for it? That reminds me of something I had when I was younger.

  4. That string-spitting monkey is truly terrifying.
    You have to wonder how many of those projects were made when this book came out,

  5. Thanks for the reminder and the giggle - this truly was a fun book to have in the 70's and I do believe we managed to make some of these projects.
    Not sure where you might find a monkey face these days?


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