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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. .

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

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

1950 Quick Tips in Crochet

The Coats and Clark's Quick Tips in Crochet series features patterns for household items and accessories, many with flower motifs. This 1950 book has patterns for potholders and hot pads, along with covered hangers, handbags, nut cup, a corsage, an apron, and a tiny doll curtain pull. There are crocheted jewelry items that would look great today, along with a pair of flowered slippers which are crafted by sewing the crocheted pieces onto a wedge shoe sole.

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