Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Filet Crocheted Kitten Pattern

I was processing an Mail Order Design pattern with a kitten motif, and went off to check and make sure it wasn't already there.   I call those 'haven't I already seen this one' moments.   The answer was ... kittens, yes ... this kitten, no.   

I currently have four kitten filet crochet patterns in the shop.  I find it quite interesting that all four are Mail Order Designs.  

This is Alice Brooks 7248, It gives us two kittens playing in a basket of flowers, with a spray of the flowers in the arm rests. 

Laura Wheeler 502 also gives us two kittens playing in a basket.  This time, the kittens are carrier over to the arm rests.   
In the Anne Cabot 5741 version, wee have a solo kitten, cute as can be, with a butterfly and smaller floral display.  A larger flower arrangements are on the arm rests, which take on the shape of a vase.  

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And, American Weekly 3119 got in on the kitten action as well.  I must say, however, in comparison to the other 'sweet kitties', this is a rather tough looking selection.   Perhaps better suited to a name of 'grumpy cat'.   But, wait, no ... that can't be.   Look at the lovely rose display around Sir Kitten and on the armrests.   They certainly don't say grumpy.  

All four of these patterns are in the 1950 - 1952 range.  Apparently kittens were quite a popular selection for our armchairs.   Each pattern covers that they may also be used as buffet sets and the arm rests as ends to linen scarves.   I'd like to add that the chair backs might also be lovely framed on black velvet.  

Now, of course, I'll mention that I've not sold a single one of these.  But, that's not really the point.  They are still a few of these patterns 'out there'; they are a part of our history and heritage; and they deserve to be preserved.   

I guess I'd better get back to work now.  
Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Little Catalog of Just Doilies, Spinning Wheel Patterns

Spinning Wheel was another syndicated player in the Mail Order Pattern business.   They were on a much smaller scale, selling (at least) through the Chicago Tribune Newspaper during the 1950's and early 1960's.   Their patterns were rebranded Anne Cabot designs.   As was typical in the mail order businesses, they did not print the their brand name on the patterns, but used a symbol --- A Spinning Wheel.  Just like the other designers, when one purchased a pattern, they could also purchase a catalog.    Their catalogs were much smaller and also contained a pattern.   This is one of their catalogs, which I'd like to share with you.

 The Little Catalog of Just Doilies 
On the cover is Pattern 1101 - Gem Doily.   This pattern was included in the booklet. 

 And, on the inside cover, the typical diagrams of pattern stitches.   Also here is the Spinning Wheel Logo.  

 Page 6 and 7 

 Page 8 and 9

 Page 10 and 11

Page 12 and 13

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And, on the back cover, an enlarged view of the Pineapple Doily, Pattern 1101.

I've seen these Spinning Wheel patterns, and know there are a number of them in my collection.   I just learned, for a helpful member of Ravelry, what name the Logo applied.   One day, should I ever run out of patterns to process (ya right), I'll have to go back through them and identify the others that are Spinning Wheel.  

Hope you enjoyed the Little Book of Just Doilies. 

Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Two More Pansy Doilies

Each day I try to pull out two of the 'pending' Mail Order patterns and get them processed and listed to the shop.    This is typically a random draw, and as it just so happened, today I pulled out two crochet doilies patterns.   Now, that is not unusual, but in this particular case they were both Pansy Doilies.  Quite splendid doilies as well, if I don't say so myself.  

Vintage Pansy Bordered Crochet Doily is 12 inches in Diameter
Mail Order 2494 - Crocheted Pansy Doily -  This beauty is medium in size at 12 inches.  The Pansies are crocheted separately and then stitched to the doily.  

Mail Order 2470 - Crocheted Chair-Back Set :  This crochet pattern has been termed a Chair-Back set, which I'd think was an apparent mistake (particularly since it ins't portrayed as such).  I'm officially calling it a doily.  This one has the small pansy center, followed by crochet that has been folded to resemble leaves, another large border of pansies with shells in between.   And, if that isn't enough, it has a gathering of three doilies at each of two sides transforming it to 'almost' an oval doily.  

These are both Mail Order Design Patterns.   I believe they are from Kate Marchbanks (which would lead back to Anne Cabot), but I'm not positive of that.   I do know that I welcome them to my collection.   

Can there ever be too many Pansy Doilies?  Well, probably not.   (I've more in the shop, in case wish to browse further). 

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Vintage 1930's Crochet Collar Patterns in Tower Brand Gimp

A vintage 1930's leaflet from Tower Brand Yarn Corp came up in my stack for processing last that I just must share with you.   Now, I don't know anything about Tower Brand Yarn Corp.   I did quite a few Google searches, and all that definitely comes up is a list of their pattern publications.  On some of the searches I performed, Lion Brand Yarn came up, however, within those pages, I don't find references to Towers Brands, and so, I moved on.

What I do know is the models used in this promotion, which I'm dating to 1939, were a rather stern group of women.   (Definitely in contrast to the romantic photos on patterns during the 1940s).

Vintage Crocheted Flower Petal Collar Pattern
 This is the Sun Ray Collar No 16 with interesting rounded points.  
GIMP Crochet Collar Pattern
 This pattern was named only No 22.  It's a very flower petal type affair (at least in my thinking).  

Vintage 1930s Crocheted Cobweb Collar Pattern
Another pattern with only a number ... No 52.    The design could be construed as honeycomb, or perhaps cobweb. 

All three detachable collars are on the larger side ... as was the 1930's style to bring adornment to the rather plain dress of the average woman.    All three of the patterns call for Tower Brand Gimp, which was a 50/50 cotton and rayon blend.  Many patterns with Gimp variations arose during this time period due to the Mercerized Crochet Cotton shortage during WWII.  Gimp was a rather stiff thread.   For current Gimp substitute, I've read that the DMC Cebelia No 10 thread works well.

Okay, I've shared these photos ...  can get back to work now !
Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Leaflet 56L The Book of Edgings Crocheted and Knitted

In the stack of pattern leaflets I am working through is this 1937 leaflet. 

 Spool Cotton Company No 56L.  
This leaflet was issued in support of their pattern book - The Book of Edgings Crocheted and Knitted. - which was released in 1935.  The leaflet would have been distributed through the local shops, which I would imagine would have been a move to keep the then two year old pattern book in popularity.   


 The leaflet contains two rather grand edging patterns.  First, The Regency 8080 for use on a scallop mat edging.  

The second being Sunset in Venice - No 8039 - a grand scalloped border that would be splendid on linens ... or, of course, anything you wish.  

I do not (currently) have the SPC Book 56 in my collection so I do not know if these two patterns are actually in the original book.   There have been several instances where SPC released subsequent leaflets in support of a book that did not contain the patterns in the leaflet.   Kind of like an addition to the book itself.  

Generally, I do not sell edging patterns; I place them in a Google Photo Album for general viewing and use.    This is a practice I've just started, but it is a growing ... and hope you might find a use for them.  

Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie  

Maysville Carpet Warp

I'll pick up a pattern for processing and a question will come to mind and then ... off I go ... sidetracked.  Like this.   

This is Leaflet No 2231 from Woolco.  I'd say early 1950's.   The pattern gives directions for the pictured rug worked in Carpet Warp.   And, there's the thought.   What is a comparable carpet warp to refer to?    

Let the Google searches begin!.   Now, I learned that January & Wood Company, now defunct, but previously makers of Maysville Carpet Warp, also produced for carpet warp under the brands of Southern States, Ace Hardware, Kroger, K-Mart, Coats and Clarks, and ... you guessed it ... Woolco. 



Which, now knowing the equivalent brand is Maysville (named for the town of the January Woods factory), I headed over to Ravelry for additional specifications on the yarn.   

I hope this is enough information to get one started, because I need to get back to work now!.   Oh, I've listed the Woolco Rug pattern as a Free Download, should you like to give it a try.  

Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie  

Friday, January 30, 2015

National Needlecraft Crochet Pattern 116.5

I just thought I'd take a minute to share some National Needlecraft Bureau I just came across.    I was processing National Needlecraft Pattern No 116 for a Modern Block Crocheted Afghan .....

.... and found myself thinking .... I know this pattern.   A quick look at the shop showed that was absolutely correct ....
Vintage Modern Block Crochet Afghan Pattern
A quick double check, and yep ... Modern Block ... not just same picture, but same materials and directions as well.

But, what caught me by surprise was Pattern Number given by The National Needlecraft Bureau --- No 116.5.    A couple more looks and the answer because quite apparent.

Crocheted Fashions Pattern Book
 The pattern is from American Thread Book 116; the pattern appears on Page 5.

So, my thought here ... i.e., the trivia, is The National Needlecraft Bureau may not have assigned their own numbering system, but simple tied the pattern number to the originating publication.

Okay, so it's probably not trivia of great interest to most, but I'm becoming more and more fascinated by the relationships and systems among these vintage pattern publishers.  

Okay, back to work.
Thanks for dropping by

Lorrie

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crochet Edging Pattern Leaflet No 109L

This crochet edging leaflet, No 109L from The Spool Cotton Company, takes us all the way back to 1939.   


 As was frequently the custom for this time period, the leaflet was issued in promotion of their newly released pattern book 109 - A Bookful of New Edgings.   The concept, of course, was give you a couple of the patterns and perhaps you'd decide to buy the entire book.  The book was issued as a promotion to their Clarks or Coats (before it was officially Coats and Clarks) Mercerized Crochet Cotton.   
 I do not currently have the SPC Book 109 in my collection, but apparently it was for at least 18 different edging patterns designed for Collars and Cuffs.   I say 18, as that is the number of edgings that are displayed here within this leaflet.   I would think it would be far more, however.  

Of the 18 patterns shown here, the leaflet gives directions for six.   Well, actually, it gives directions for 7 -- the last directions No 8286 are not shown in any of the pictures.  One could say that either No 8286 is in the book, or just a complete mistake.  

I've recently started an album over at Google Photo for Crochet Edging Patterns.   I've added the six to that album, in case you are interested in browsing through, or giving them a crochet.

Okay, chatting done; I'll get back to work now.
Thanks for dropping by,

Lorrie