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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. .

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1980's Sewing Patterns on Etsy

You'll be the sweetheart of the Brat Pack in this 1988 pattern from Simplicity, for sizes 6-8-10.

Dress buttons in the front, and has a full circular skirt that gathers to a fitted midriff. Side-seam pockets. Can be made with short sleeves, or long sleeves with a button cuff. Skirt is long or short, with optional eyelet trim.

This business suit would look just as stylish in the office today as it did back in the Yuppie era! This 1980 Simplicity pattern is for a size 10 jacket and skirt.

Jacket has buttons in the front with detachable notched collar and cuffs. Optional patch pocket. Can be made with long or short sleeves.

This is a 1982 pattern for a ruffled Victorian-style blouse from Simplicity, size 10.

Shirt has long set-in sleeves. Version one has stand-up collar, tuck detail, lace trim, and sleeves gathered to button cuff. Version two has neck band and layered collar. Version three has jewel-neck, self-ruffles, and lace edging.

For vintage crafts supplies and much more, please visit my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Edgings from 1946

These crocheted, tatted, and knitted edgings are from Star Book Number 41, a 1946 publication from American Thread Company. There are wider edgings for tablecloths and towels, along with smaller edgings for clothing and hankies. There are several pineapple and flower designs along with filet patterns, also a couple of the patterns feature crosses for church laces. The patterns are designed for mercerized cotton thread sizes 30 to 70, and steel crochet hooks sizes 7 to 14. Book has 23 pages, sold for ten cents.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just Listed on Etsy

Dainty crochet meets pro football. Saints fans, you'll be the envy of the Who Dats with this black and gold thread crochet set. Crafted with bedspread cotton and a #7 steel crochet hook, each doily measures 6.5 inches across. One is solid black, the other is gold spangle. Perfect under bowls of peanuts, bobbleheads, voodoo candles.

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

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Crochet

For a Sunday, here's Emblems and Church Laces, a Star crochet book from American Thread Company, probably dating from the 1950's. This book has patterns for large and small edgings to be used on altar cloths and other church decorations, featuring such religious motifs as crosses, chalices, angels, lilies, grapes, roses, and papyrus. There are also patterns for filet pieces with various emblems.

These pieces are worked with #30 crochet cotton and a #11 or #12 steel hook. Back page features other Star knitting and crochet books, which sold for ten cents apiece.

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

1970's Knitting and Crochet

Fashions the Brady Bunch girls would love! From the 1970's, this collection of knitting and crochet books were published by Bear Brand, American Thread, Leisure Arts, and Bernat.

There are the popular crop tops, including a crochet granny square pattern.

The American Thread book has a beautiful purple tunic with stars. The hooded sweater comes from Workbasket magazine.

The Mother-Daughter Ponchos are also from Workbasket. The collection also features patterns for shawl collar and fur collar pieces which were popular at the time. The mail-order pattern is for a classic crocheted evening jacket which is crafted with lightweight yarn and a 00 steel hook.

And this crocheted top would look great today. Check out the collection at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gothic Lily Doily in Black Thread

Here's my latest project for Etsy, a Lily of the Valley doily in black thread. The pattern is from an American Thread Company book from the 1970's but I suspect the design is older than that, since I've seen it in other pieces. This doily is worked with bedspread cotton and a #7 steel hook, consisting of chains and triple crochets. The leaves are made by decreasing triple crochets and are topped by a triple crochet cluster. Flowers are made with a six-triple crochet cluster. It measures about 12 inches across.

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

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Needlepoint for the Crafty Hoops Fan

Here's a couple of needlepoint patterns in honor of the NBA Western Conference Los Angeles Lakers and Eastern Conference Boston Celtics. From 1989, this officially-licensed pattern book features team logo patterns for sweatshirts "using waste canvas." Because of its age, book features logos for teams that no longer exist (Charlotte Hornets and Seattle Supersonics) as well as the now renamed Washington Bullets. Book also features a couple of different versions of the NBA logo.

For retro crafting books and other cool vintage stuff, please check out my Etsy shop at www.acadiancrochet.etsy.com.