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Houston and New Orleans
Welcome! This blog is in support of my online shop, www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com. I enjoy selling unique vintage finds, along with my own thread crochet. You'll find a variety of items in my online shop including doilies, motifs, and potholders from retro crochet patterns, along with nice vintage jewelry, old crafting books, and fun paper ephemera for crafts and collecting. .

Friday, January 21, 2011

Silver-Gray Crochet Doily in Thread

This newly-crocheted thread doily has six pineapple motifs and measures about 12 inches across. It was crafted with a steel hook using Aunt Lydia's 10# Classic Crochet Thread. 100% cotton.

Color is silver, a light shade of gray.

The pattern used for this doily came from the 1946 book Pineapple Designs from Clark's/J&P Coats. Book features 14 pineapple thread crochet patterns including a table setting. This is the bread-and-butter plate doily.

Center is crocheted in the round while pineapple tips are crocheted separately.

Lovely for Victorian or traditional decor. Can also be used as a motif for embellishments.

Available now at www.etsy.com/shop/acadiancrochet

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mardi Gras Crochet Doily Trio in Purple Green and Gold

New in my Etsy shop, three new thread crochet doilies crafted with #10 crochet cotton thread and steel crochet hook. In Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold. Doilies measure 6 inches across.

Perfect for parade parties and Fat Tuesday festivities, lovely under vases and candles. These doilies also make wonderful motifs and decorations for costuming.

Details at http://www.etsy.com/shop/acadiancrochet

Sunday, September 12, 2010

1978 DIY Home Remodeling Book

"This is an important book for all those reexamining the space in which they live."

From 1978, Andy Lang's Remodeling Handbook instructs novice remodelers on how to make the best of their living space. Chapters cover building materials, building walls and rooms, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, outdoor living spaces, and creating closet space.

There are also interesting chapters on solar houses and energy efficiency utilizing 1970's technology. ("An old idea whose time has come.")

Lots of black-and-white photos of 1970's decor along with diagrams and charts. Paperback, 94pages.

For retro crafting books, thread crochet, midcentury housewares, and more, please check my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Sunday, September 5, 2010

1986 English Smocking Pattern Book

From 1986, English Smocking by Ellen McCarn has patterns for smocking designs, including monograms and figures for children's clothing.

Featured patterns are Script Monogram, Strawberries and Flowers, Playful Puppies, and Raccoons.

Book also features smocking basics, pleating and stacking, garment construction, stitch diagrams, and use of smocking tools. Published by McCarn Enterprises, 32 pages, color and black-and-white photos.

Very minor wear at one corner, otherwise book is in very good condition.

For retro crafting books, traditional thread crochet, and other fun stuff, please check out my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Vintage Workbasket Magazine from 1975

The January 1975 edition of Workbasket magazine features instructions for the classic ski sweater on the cover, along with a hooded sweater and a crocheted baby sacque and blanket. Lots of recipes and gardening articles, along with bunches of little ads for things you could send off for in the mail. Nice illustrations for funky house dresses and pantsuits!

For retro crafting books, vintage housewares, thread crochet, and more, please check out my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Traditional Knits

This Bear Brands book from the 1950's features Eisenhower-era pre-teens having good wholesome fun. Lots of patterns for pullovers, cardigans, vests, and winterwear for boys and girls. Artwork shows kids going to school, jumping rope, having birthday parties, skating, and enjoying picnics.

Quick Knits from Columbia-Minerva has fashions from the mid-1960's, including sweaters, jackets, and a coat.

For fun retro crafting books, please check my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

Embroidery from 1962

From 1962, Coats and Clark's Embroidery features patterns for crewel and Swedish weaving along with cross-stitch on gingham, also known as chicken scratch or Depression lace.

Also included is Assisi embroidery, a technique with roots back to the 13th century. The background is filled in with cross-stitch while the design is left plain, outlined with a double running stitch known as the Holbein stitch. Assisi is featured in the Liberty Bell picture on the cover.

Patterns call for gingham, linen, or huck toweling along with embroidery and tapestry needles, and cotton six-strand floss. Book also features unused iron-on transfers for designs.

For retro crafting books, traditional thread crochet, and fun vintage merchandise, please check my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com