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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. .

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hand-Knit Fashions from the 1960's

Beautiful mod hand-knits from vintage knitting books just listed in my Etsy shop, www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hand Knits for Young Americans

You'll find lots of patterns for classic pullovers, cardigans, and turtlenecks in Bear Brands Hand Knits for Young America, published in 1955 by Bernhard Ulmann Company. 46 pages, with lots of patterns for boys and girls. Also instructions for a girl's jumper, knee socks, and a ski hat.

Book has only very slight wear and it's in very good condition, with a study cover and all pages intact. Filled with pictures of Eisenhower-era pre-teens engaged in wholesome activities.

Please check my Etsy shop for great retro crafting books and other vintage finds at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Saturday, March 27, 2010

1930's Knitting Book for Kids

Yarncraft for Babies and Juveniles is from the 1930's, featuring kids' clothing popular in the day, including shorts, sweaters, capes, hats, and skirts. Also features a pattern for a baby bunting. Published by Cynthia Mills, a yarn company in East Boston.

For retro crafting books and more great finds, please check my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vintage Crochet Flowers for Spring

For traditional thread crochet, please check my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com. I also have lots of cool vintage, including retro crafting books, jewelry, paper ephemera, housewares, and more. Vintage sewing notions just added.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dramatic Gothic Crochet on Etsy

Crafted with #10 crochet cotton and a steel hook, this Victorian-style doily measures six inches across. Gothic and dramatic, lovely under a heart-shaped box or a vase with a red rose. Available in my Etsy shop: www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Contemporary Handweavers

Featured are scenes from the handweaving demonstration at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston has a long association with the rodeo, every year demonstrating handweaving and spinning techniques using sheep and alpaca fiber. In the photos you'll see a four-harness loom, a frame loom like those used in Navajo weaving, and a spinning wheel.

Monday, March 8, 2010

1976 Macrame Patterns

Juliano's Hang It All Book 3 features unique macrame projects such as a hanging cradle and "van drapes." Published in Las Vegas in 1976. Great retro photograpy.

For unique vintage and traditional thread crochet, please check my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Friday, March 5, 2010

1947 Needlework for Children

These pictures are from the Childcraft child development series from the 1940's, focusing on progressive education. Volume 13 on art and music features a section on weaving and needlework for girls and boys, one of the components of Montessori and Waldorf educational systems.

Book also features a Navajo weaving song.

There's an emphasis on weaving as a way for children to improve coordination and develop artistic skill. Young weavers can use simple looms designed for children, or make their own.

For traditional thread crochet and unique vintage, please check my Etsy Shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com