Monday, August 25, 2014

Hand Crochet Decorations, Bernard Ulmann Vol 119

I've just finished working may way through Volume 119, Bernhard & Ulmann Volume 119.   This is a crochet pattern book, which they named Hand Crochet Decorations and dates all the way back to 1937.   The book itself is 37 pages, but represents just 6 patterns.   It starts with the six bedspread designs, and then, in the second half of the pattern book, you are given matching accessories for three of the bedspread patterns --- pillows, scarfs, chair sets, etc.  

These are beautiful designs, which, in my opinion, would be as beautiful in todays' home as they were some 77 years ago.  

Fruit Banquet Tablecloth Pattern No 4195
Gracing the front cover is the elegant Fruit Banquet Tablecloth (No 4195).  Worked primarily in Filet Crochet, the ensemble includes the tablecloth in 4 different sizes, as well as the scarf, pillow and chair set.

Vintage Cluny Motif Filet Crochet Bedspread Pattern
The Cluny Filet Bedspread (No 4194)  is the only pattern that is not an ensemble; just the bedspread.  Worked in Filet Crochet, it is quite a grand design of alternating flower blocks.

Crocheted Popcorn Octagon Bedspread Pattern
This stunning spread is called the Octagon Popcorn No 4192.   The blocks are 7-1/4 each and, as you might have guessed, are octagon shaped and feature the popcorn stitch. 

Another ensemble pattern, The Medici Star No 4191 includes the spread, scarf, pillow and chair set.

Filet Crochet Cluny Wheel Bedspread Pattern
The ClunyWheel No 4193 ensemble is worked in a combination of regular and filet crochet rows.   The set includes the bedspread, scarf and chair set.

One more design, the Clover Leaf No 4196 Luncheon Set, is a combination of regular and filet crochet.   The set, which includes placemats and a centerpiece runner, have a filet center and a delicate border of clover leaf.
Vintage Lux Detergent Advertisement
And, the back cover is a Lux Detergent advertisement .... perfect for washing your crocheted beauties.

And that is the entire book ... 6 patterns by title and number, but so much more. Wouldn't you agree that these patterns are a fiber art fantasy?    I've listed the patterns in my shop, just follow the links below the pictures, should you be interested.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crocheted Rug Patterns, Star Book 106

The year was 1950 when American Thread issued their pattern book - Crocheted Rugs.   The book, 32 pages in all, is half and half color to black and white in a glossy format.  The book is issued in promotion to the Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug yarn, which is called for in each of the patterns.    There are 14 patterns and I'd rate them all as easy.  All are crocheted, a couple are woven or have added embroidery.

Vintage Striped Woven Crochet Rug Pattern
Gracing the cover is Home Sweet Home, with a base of crochet and strands of black and white woven through.   Finished, it will measure 19 x 30 (without the fringe).

Crocheted Area Rug in Heavy Rug Yarn
Dot Dot Dash, worked in white and green on a black base is an easy design to put together, and would prove a complimentary factor to almost any decor.  Make in a large (23 x 48") or smaller rug.

Vintage Crocheted Rug Pattern
The Young Modern Rug, also worked in three colors, will measure 24 x 40 inches.   This will be an easy design to increase or decrease size, should you desire.

Crocheted Block Motif Rug Pattern named Biarritz
This pretty two tone rug is named Biarritz (for the city in France?).   It's a nice block motif with the center of each block embroidered in cross stitch.

Crocheted Vintage Granny Rug Pattern
I'm not sure what the old Granny looked like, but this "New Granny" is quite appealing worked in four colors of 6 x 6 inch blocks to make a finished rug of 24 x 36 inches.

Colorful Woven Rug on Crochet Base is Vintage 1950
The Provincial Rug is another woven design.  Crochet the base and weave through colorful strands of heavy rug yarn to achieve pleasing effect.    I've added this pattern to the shop as a Free Download.

This rug design is perfect for the childs room; be that on the floor or even the wall (without the fringe).   Happy the Clown is crocheted and the clown embroidered in cross stitch.

The Country Home design is a hexagon crocheted in six different shades and finished with long fringe all the way around.   It measures 25 1/2 inches in diameter.

With a Southwestern American Indian motif in 3 colors, the Cliff Dweller area rug can be worked in two sizes - 26 x 50 or 16 x 26 inches.

The Regimental Stripes rug is crocheted in 5 colors of heavy rug yarn, making it a bright and welcome addition to almost any room.  The rug is 24 x 40 inches.

Funny that American Thread named this Oval area rug Round and Round !   It is worked in four colors, employing three different pattern stitch and, of course, the loop stitch.  The rug will measure 25 x 37 inches.

7 skeins each of black and white Heavy Rug Yarn, and a few hours of time, and you will have the Day and Night rug to place ... well, anywhere you like.   The rug will measure 24 x 40 inches.   This pattern is offered as a Free Download in the shop.

This sweet rug design will be a color spot wherever it resides.  Pinwheel is an easy design that measures 24 inches.

The Contemporary is made of 15 blocks, each featuring one of two sizes of block cubes worked in loop stitch.   I has a quite nice dimensional effect.  The directions calls for one color,  but I think two to three colors would be equally as interesting.

And, that's it .. that back cover is the same as the front.   All in all, there are attractive selections here, and just as American Threads' goal would have been ... something for everyone.   I'd think that still holds true.

These patterns are listed in my shop.   There are also a fair number of other crocheted rug patterns if you'd like to see more.

Thanks for dropping by,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Variations of the Rose Crochet Doily

As I have been mentioning, I have found very few instances where one of the mail order patterns (Alice Brooks or Laura Wheeler) are actual duplicates of each other.   So, not exactly the same, but closely related to each other; variations you might say.

Today I came across an example of a lovely Rose Design.

Mail Order Design 7327, Crocheted Rose Pattern
Alice Brooks 7327 -  Raised rose motif in an eight point star with diamond motifs between the points.   Made at 13 or 22 inches.

Laura Wheeler 603 Rose Star Crochet Doily Pattern
Laura Wheeler 603 - Raised rose motif in a 6 point star with wheel center, and shell scallops.  Make at 11 13, 18 or 21 inches.

Laura Wheeler 507, Oval Rose Runner Doily Pattern
Laura Wheeler 507 - Raised Rose in Pineapple Motif with scalloped edges.  Crochet this runner at 12 x 26, or 15 x 32 inches.

The commonality, of course, is the rose.  Exact same rose, with the petal and leaves, in all three patterns with the variations being the number of star points, or scallops, or round versus oval.   Although I have a lot of these Design patterns, there are hundreds more out there (waiting for me to find), and I have no doubt this exact rose will show up again, and again .... and perhaps, even again.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Long Plus Size Crocheted Vest Pattern

Here's another example where the mail order pattern appears the same, but ends up 'not quite'.

I saw a post this morning over at Crochet Talk that prompted a look through my ladies crocheted vest patterns.   I was scrolling, when that 'wait a minute' thought occurred .... are these two Mail Order Designs the same, just under different numbers?    A second look as immediately called for.   ( Apparently, I am easily sidetracked and this is an excellent example of why I get so little accomplished in a day).

Plus Size Vest Crochet Pattern Alice Brooks 7403
Let's see, Alice Brooks 7403, gives us a womans vest, generously sized for busts 38 to 48, worked in V-stitch, with big patch pockets in the front, slightly extended shoulders, below hip length and edging.

Crochet Pattern Extra Large Vest Pattern
Whereas, Alice Brooks 7569, also sized 38 to 48, with extended shoulders,  front patch pockets, edging and below hip length.  But, it's worked in shell stitch and open stitch.

I knew there was something else here different as well, but had to look a couple times to catch it.   It's the edging of course.   The edging on Design 7569 is scalloped (as all shell stitched garments should be), and is included at the bottom hem area.

As I go through more and more of these Design patterns, I'm frequently finding close similarities; just more frequently between the two major brands of Laura Wheeler and Alice Brooks - versus within the same brand.

Okay, that's it, back to work now.  Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Star Popcorn Crochet Bedspread Pattern

I'm spending another couple days working on the stack of individual pattern leaflets   The majority of the leaflets match up to pattern already listed in a book, so I double check them to make sure I don't already have them listed.  

Last night I was working on this 1938 leaflet from The Spool Cotton Company.

Crocheted Star Bedspread Pattern is Vintage 1930's
The design is a Popcorn Star Bedspread, vintage 1938 from The Spool Cotton Company.   Usually leaflets have an assigned leaflet number.  This one does not.  I was sure, however, that I already had the design.  So, I went on the hunt through the shop.    I thought I'd found the match .....  

Vintage Star Bedspread Pattern in Popcorn Motif
But, on closer look ... it's quite similar, but not the same.   This one is from Lily Mills, early 1940's, a Crocheted Swedish Spread ... but also stars in popcorn stitch.

So, I proceeded and entered the leaflet in the shop.   If I had to pick one over the other, I'd think that I'd go for the Lily Mills .... but that just might be the fringe calling me.   If you want to browse other crochet bedspreads, I've quite a few in the shop.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Vintage Crochet Bread Basket Doily

I would venture a guess that the standard bread basket has been around thousands of years.   Out of curiosity, I did a couple Google searches to see if there was any history out there ... and, not much.   I suppose it was such a basic concept (something to hold the sharing of bread), that no history was required.  Several slight references to the bread basket itself, and then the rest talking about midwestern United States being referred to as the bread basket of the country.   I'll  have to suffice that it was probably in use B.C.

In early stages of table decoration, the bread basket would have been adorned with a simply cloth.  Entering into the 1930's and beyond, with the growing interest in doilies and handwork designs continued to explode, a variety of crochet patterns entered our lives.    Here are four patterns that I've processed (so far) for my shop.

Bread Basket Doily Pattern worked in Filet Crochet
Service Frills - Filet Crochet Base with tall ruffled border from 1939

Crochet Pattern for Ruffled Bread Basket Doily
Ruffled Bread Doily - This one has a line base, with even taller ruffles - 1940s
Bread Basket Doily Pattern in Pineapple Motif
Pineapple Bread Basket - For those who just love the Pineapple motif. 

Ruffled Bread Basket Doily Crochet Pattern
Staff of Life - Another filet crochet selection with just the right amount of ruffle.

For apparent reasons, the designs have a tendency towards the large ruffles.  It's easy to picture the basket full of bread surrounded by these pretty ruffles.    

Now, I've yet to sell a single bread basket doily pattern, however, as I come across them, I'll continue to process and put in the shop.   Curiosity calls, you know ... just how many different vintage pattern designs are there?     

Thanks for dropping by, 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beautiful Afghans Pattern Book 82

I've been working quite steadily on mail order patterns and leaflets lately and felt like I needed a break ... something with pretty color pictures.   So, off to the stack of waiting pattern books, and out I came with Star Book No 82 - Beautiful, Beautiful Afghans.   It fits the bill perfectly ... pretty color pictures to look at.

This booklet is from American Thread, 15 pages in all, and takes us all the way back to 1951.  Do you remember 1951?   Top song of the year being Too Young by Nat King Cole and the top movie was Alice in Wonderland.   That year was before my time, but I certainly know the trivia and can admire the beauty of these vintage afghan patterns. 

Striped Panels of Flowers Afghan Crochet Pattern
The front cover features the Flower Afghan Pattern.  This afghan calls for 21 different colors for the 2-1/4" motifs .. what a wonderful way to use up your scraps. 

American Thread called the design on the left a Chevron Afghan.  My first thought would have been a Ripple, but either way, it's a nice three color piece that is easy enough for a beginner to take on. 

The Indian Stripe Afghan is crocheted in strips with the motif worked into the ends and finished with a lush fringe.
Square Crocheted Afghan with Colorful Stripes
They are calling this piece Square Dance Afghan and Shawl.   At 62 x 62 inches, I think this afghan would be a most perfect picnic blanket.  Create just half the afghan and you'll have a bright and colorful shawl to drape across your shoulders.
Crocheted Granny Square Afghan Pattern
I'm not sure I've seen a more colorful piece than this Crocheted Granny Afghan.  The pattern does not dictate how many colors .... as many as you might want.   Do you notice that even the fringe is multi-color?  Another tremendous way to use up those scraps.

Vintage Victorian Flower Afghan Crochet Pattern
This beauty, called Victorian Afghan,  has either a rose or a pansy motif cross-stitched onto each of the 14-1/2 inch square blocks.  A fair amount of work in the embroidery, but what a grand piece.

Blue Fan Afghan Crochet Pattern
The Fan Afghan is made up of 5-1/2 inch blocks with a fan motif in three shades of blue in raised popcorn stitch, giving it great dimension and appeal.

Beginners Crochet Pattern for Reversible Afghan
This Two Tone Reversible Afghan is so easy to make that you probably shouldn't need a pattern.   But, just in case you do .....   This one has a nice fringe all the way around.   I think I'd copy off the Granny pattern above and make the fringe in two colors as well.

Crochet Charleston Garden Afghan Pattern
Charleston Garden, another floral display in 7-1/2 inch block motif graces the back cover.  

And that is it.   Nine afghan patterns, along with one shawl, in all.   They are all crocheted, and will the exception of the two that require additional embroidery, or cross stitch work, they are quite easy.

I've added these patterns to my shop, should anything interest you; the links are under the respective picture.
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