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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Crochet Pillow Options Include Doilies

Don't forget that doilies also make marvelous pillows for a room that is on the feminine side.  There are an almost endless array of motifs, and sizes as well.

This lovely pineapple pillow was created from a centerpiece doily created from National Needlecraft Leaflet A-126; all the way back to 1939.  
This Enchantment Doily is also a centerpiece at 19-1/2 inches. Combine it with a dark, or brightly colored fabric and it would become a marvelous couch accent.  

This Dainty Doily, at 26 inches,  is complex and eye catching!  The official "Dainty Doily name" seems a bit misplaced!

Now, the pillow doesn't have to be round ... this beauty of a medallion pattern to create the Dew Drop Doily Mat can be created at sizes of your choice and also has the WOW factor.  
This pattern is available as a Free Download.

Choose your doily pattern based on pillow size if you are using purchased pillow stock, or create a customized size with Poly-Fill.  The doily is stitched to the pillow top.   If you'd like, you could also use 'Wonder-Under to further secure your fiber art to the fabric. 

There's a ton of crochet doilies, as  well as crochet squares/medallions in the shop, should you care to browse.

Thanks for dropping by,



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Crochet Pineapple Doily Patterns, A Category of Their Own

I was browsing around in the Doilies category looking for a specific pattern, when it dawned on me that there were 34 pages (18 patterns per page). Now, that's quite a bit to weed through when looking for something specific. Which got me to thinking that it might also be quite a chore for the customer. So, it called for breaking the patterns into two categories. It didn't take long to decide the dividing point would be pineapples. There are a Huge number of Pineapple Doilies.

How many ... well, at this point in time, 395. There quite a bit of variety going on:


Some are quite simple, like this pretty Cloverleaf doily from Coats & Clarks


And some are downright elegant like this Mail Order 5186 Masterpiece - Thank you Anne Cabot


And you might classify a few as discrete as in this Sea Spray Ruffled Doily.

Not many, but there's a couple that you could call colorful, like this Pineapple delight doily from Lily Mills.  Of course, with planning, any doily could be crocheted 'colorful'.

Well, I could go on and one here. You know, large, medium, small, scalloped, etc. etc. etc., but I'm sure you've got the point.

So, if you are looking for a specific Pineapple Doily, or just love to look at these gems, feel free to drop by the new category ..


Thanks for dropping by, 


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Vintage Crocheted Trim Handout

Tucked away in the 1965 issue of McCalls Needlecraft is a handout for crocheted trim. The handout, of course, was intended to inspire additional ways to decorate a couple of the jacket patterns that were in the magazine. The trims, however, could be used in a number of ways ... dresses, bags, pillows, hats, hair pieces, etc. etc. etc.
Really, your imagination is on the only limiting factor on what you could do with these ideas.
I initially had attached the handout to the jacket patterns that were listed in the shop, however, thought perhaps I'd post it here as well ...
POMPON BUTTONS 
MATERIALS
12 two- hole buttons, 1 3/8" diameter. Fingering yarn, 1 oz.
POMPO(make 12): Cut a strip of cardboard 3/4" wide. Wind double strand of yarn 50 times around strip. Draw double strand under windings. Knot ends, pulling windings together tightly. Cut strands opposite knot. Cut tying strands, leaving 6" ends. Trim pompon to 3/4". Pull 6" ends through holes of button, knot ends at back. Tie to jacket, spacing as shown.
POMPONS FOR SLEEVESMATERIALSKnitting worsted, 1 oz. POMPON (make 24): Cut two 1 1/2" cardboard disks; cut 1/4" hole in center of each. Thread yarn needle with 3 yardsof yarn; bring ends together. Place disks together; wind double strand around disks, working through holes. Slip scissors between disks; cut strands at outside edge.
Draw 8" strand of yarn between disks, wind several times tightly around yarn, Knot, leaving ends. Remove disks. Fluff
out pompon; trim. Tie pompons along outer sleeve seam, spacing evenly.
POMPON DANGLES 
MATERIALS: 
Fingering yarn, 2 ozs. POMPO(make 14): Cut two 2" cardboard disks; cut 1/2" hole in center of each. Thread yarn needle with 2 strands of
yarn each 5 yards long; bring 4 ends together. Placedisks together: wind yarn around one side of disks. Repeat with same amount of yarn on other side. Slip scissors between disks; cut all strands at outside edge. Draw two 10" strands of yarn down between disks and wind several times tightly around yarn. Knot, leaving ends for tying on pompon. Remove disks. Fluff out pompon, trim ends evenly. Tie pompons along bottom edge of jacket, spacing evenly.
FLOWER YOKE MATERIALS: Fingering yarn, 1 oz. 42 pearl beads. Steel crochet hook No.2.
FLOWER (make 42): Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1* Ch 2, 3 stin ring, sc in ring, repeat from * 3 times- 4 petals. 51 st in first ch at beg of rnd. End off. Weave in yarn ends. .
FINISHINGArrange 11 flowers around neckline. Sew to jacket with pearl at center. Sew on 14 flowers for 2nd row of yoke, 2" below first row. Make 3 rd row of 17 flowers 2" below 2nd row.
TASSELS
MATERIALSFingering yarn, 2 ozs. TASSEL (make 12): Cut a piece of cardboard 4" square. Wind double strand of yarn 45 times around cardboard. Tie tightly around windings at one edge with double strand of yarn. Knot securely. Cut strands opposite knot. Wind a strand of
yarn several times around tassel 1" below top; knot ends; hide ends inside tassel. Trim ends of tassel. Tie tassels around neck of jacket, spacing evenly.
GERANIUM CLUSTERS
MATERIALSFingering yarn, 1 oz. each of rose- red and green; few yards of pink. Steel crochet hook No. O 1/8yard
organdy. Sharp yarn needle.
LEAVE(make 18): With green, ch 3.
Row 1 : Work 7 tr in 3rd eh from hook. Ch 2, turn.
Row 22 dcin each tr across, 2 dc along side of last tr. End off.
BLOSSOM(make 48): With red, * ch 4. Dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of 2 ch, sl st in last ch (base of petal). Repeat from * 3 times-4 petals. Slst in base of first petal. End off.
FINISHINGCut six 2" circles of organdy. Arrange. 3 leaves in cloverleaf pattern on each circle: tack. Arrange 8 blossoms over leaves. With pink, attach each blossom with 3 to 5 French knots.
Sew 3 clusters to each front of jacket.
If you create some of these, I'd love to hear back from you (pictures always welcome!) as to how you used them.
Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Doilies Crochet Pattern Star Book 87 American Thread

It's been quite awhile since I've completed a photo review on a pattern book, so ....   let's take a look at Star Doily Book No 87 called Doilies - Doilies - Doilies, from American Thread.   This booklet takes us back to 1951 and was issued as a promotion to three of their Mercerized Crochet Cottons, Gem, Puritan and Deluxe.     This is a smaller booklet on pages; just 16; but big on doilies (of course) --  all crochet; 9 in all, including one ruffled and one hairpin lace.  Here, let me show you.

Nine Crochet Doilies Patterns, American Thread Book 87

Pretty Doily graces the front cover.    Yes; American Thread actually named it pretty doily.    It has all appearances of being a pansy doily, but a close up look implies 'faux'.  Pretty doily measures 6 or 8-3/4 inches in diameter.

Pink Flower Crochet Doily Pattern
Pink and White Doily is crocheted in shaded threads.  It starts with the attractive center floral motif that extends outwards with the gently scalloped border.

Yellow & Chartreuse Crochet Doily Pattern
Yellow and Chartreuse Doily is a two tone delight that will measure either 9-1/2 or 13 inches.  (Of course, you can still crochet all white).

Medium Pineapple Crochet Doily Pattern with Shell Border
Pink Pineapple Doily features a grand shell border.   Crochet this design at either 9-1/2 or 13 inches in diameter.
Hairpin Lace Doily starts with a crochet center and ends with the exquisite Hairpin Lace.

Gray and Yellow Ruffled Doily -- a most unusual color combination, but it works really well.  The doily has a bit of a flower spray in the center as well as scattered through the ruffled border.

Yellow Spiderweb Doily using shaded crochet cotton has a quite nice shell border.  The doily will measure either 8 or 11 inches in diameter.

Green Leaf Doily is smaller in size, but makes quite a statement with a hint of a flower shaped center followed by the colorful leaves and scalloped border.

Red and White Doily features a nice daisy center bordered in a light round of red, which is matched up on the trimmed border.

And cover, as is typical for American Thread booklets is the same as the front.  Except for knit designs, there potentially something here for everyone.   If I could crochet (anything but the sc), it would be the green leaf?   You?  Which is your favorite?

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Crochet Barbie Fashion Doll Clothes, Mail Order Designs

It was a glorious year for little girls. It was 1959 and Mattel released a creation of Ruth Handler called the Barbie Doll. Little girls across America were instantly enchanted and the rest is history.
As the Barbie Doll arrived to each home, the next essential need was the wardrobe. Which means, of course, loving Moms pulled out the cloth, scissors and yarn and started sewing, crocheting and knitting clothes fashion outfits for the beloved doll. This, of course, drove the pattern companies to start issuing patterns for those outfit.
I have several of these patterns from the early 1960's found mainly in over-the-counter magazines (like McCalls Needlecraft), as well as several Mail Order Designs. Here, let me show you a few.


Design 525 - Crocheted Bride and Bridemaid's Gowns. Just about every little girl would want these outfits.

Sweet Teen Bride is another bridal outfit (or great party dress without the veil). Did you notice the pineapples?. This pattern was issued as a Coat's and Clarks Leaflet.

Design 199 - Mail Order Pattern - Most likely Anne Cabots. This Design gives us a coat, top, skirt, hat and two choice dresses.

Design 7362, Crocheted Doll's Wardrobe. This Mail Order Design is in the Alice Brooks number series, and gives mix and match options consistent with the times .... notice the ripple poncho.

Tea Time Ensemble - This pattern from The Workbasket features more variations on mix and match options.
Just for fun, a little Barbie Trivia ...
  • Birthdate: March 9, 1959
  • Born: Willows, Wisconsin (a fictional place)
  • First Outfit: One Piece Swimsuit
  • First Hairstyle: Ponytail
I have no doubt a fair number more Fashion Doll patterns will be added to this small collection as I have a a HUGE amount of patterns I've yet to work my way through. The number will, however, be limited by what is in public domain; i.e. 1959 into early 1960's.
Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dream Doily, Not the Sara Doily Rug Pattern

Over the last couple days, I've had two individuals lodge complaints that I've unethically copied the Sara Doily Rug Pattern from Hennas Boutique. In these two cases, one purchased this pattern from this shop, while the second purchased from my Artfire shop. Well, I want to clarify, in case there are others thinking the same .....
This is the Dream Doily Rug. It is a public domain pattern that comes from Coats and Clark's Book 184 - Rug Yarn Bazaar from 1968. I've had this pattern in my shop for the last 5 years.
Crochet Doily Rug Pattern - "SARA" 37 inch rug - PDF
This is the Sara Doily Rug, an original design of Henna's Boutique. It does appear quite similar to Coats & Clark's Dream Doily pattern, however, I have not purchased the Sara Doily Rug, so I cannot say where the differences may be.
I do, however, want to say that the Dream Doily Rug in my shop is NOT a copy of the SARA Doily Rug, and if you are wanting to purchase the Sara Doily Rug, please follow the above link. I am not going to refund purchases because it is not the Sara Doily Rug.
Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Crocheted Sachet Pattern; Times Have Changed

This afternoon, I was processing an old Mail Order Pattern --- Anne Cabot's 5064 -- dating back to 1948.

Anne Cabot's 5064 -- It's a sweet pattern that gives directions for three different shapes, called Gift Sachets.
As I was going through the material requirements, I noted that 'Sachet Powder' was listed. Instantly, one of those "I wonder" thoughts took root. I wonder, are Sachet Powers still sold? Now, although I certainly was not around in 1948, I do remember sachet powders.
They were sold in small jars, packets and, my favorite - Avon - had a marvelous shaker bottle.
BUT, to get the results for these Sachet Powders, one must be sure in insert Vintage in front of the search. Because, if you don't, you are going to get a whole lot of pages with products like these ....
So, instead of Sachet Powders being sweet smellers for your underwear drawer or closet), they are now powders you may use to cast a spell .... many different spells in fact.
Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie