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Friday, July 27, 2012

Afghan Patterns On Sale

Tomorrow is Lilly's Birthday --- she turns four.   (For those of you that don't visit often, Lilly is the reason for my shops.  The profits go to her college fund).  

In honor of her Birthday, and because things have been a bit slow ....


ALL KNIT AND CROCHET AFGHAN PATTERNS ARE 50% OFF.   (That means only $1.50 per pattern).  

So, if you have a moment, stop on by and browse the above links.   You just might see something you like.   Oh, there are of course, lots of other categories of knit and crochet patterns in my shop, which will be put on sale during other time spans.  

Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crazy Daisy Winder

I was flipping through a 1964 issue of McCalls Needlecraft when my eyes landed on an advertisement for the Lazy Daisy Winder.

Hummm .... Crazy Daisy Winder.   A faint bell went off.  Where had I seen this before?   I have a little tool tucked away in my craft supplies upstairs, but realized that it wasn't the Crazy Daisy Winder, but a Flower Loom.  Similar, but not at all the same.

And then, I realized it was familiar because I've seen a variety of patterns in 1950s and 1960s magazines calling for the Crazy Daisy Winder.   With two exception, I've skipped reworking these patterns for my shop as I didn't know what the Crazy Daisy Winder is, or how applicable it might be to todays' fiber artists.  The two patterns I do have ?

For the fun of it, I did go browse the web for awhile.  And WOW ... there are instructions out there on how to use it, as well as a Flickr Group with some pretty fun items.   So, I guess it is not a thing totally of the past and there are still some Crazy Daisy Winders out there!   I'll have to start processing these patterns as I come across them.

Hope you enjoy the old advertisement ... Time Saving, Simple and Money Saving too !

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Crocheted Dickey Collar with Sequins and Beads

I pulled this pattern from a 1953 issue of Smart Crochet.   Technically, a dickey is a small fabric insert worn to fill the neckline.  This one is an ultimate dickey --- all dressed up and ready to go out.

Here we have a nice half diamond shape insert attached to a simple neck band.   It is easily sized - start with a chain slightly larger than your own neck.   Once finished, sew a sequin and bead combination on the sc's, or in any design you desire.

Dickeys were quite popular in the 1950's and 1960s.   No reason though, for them not to be part of your current fashions.   Pair up with a semi-fitted jacket or dressy slacks for a 'just right' look.  

If you would like to give is a try, I have the pattern in my shop as a  FREE DOWNLOAD.

Don't you think if you made two and stitched them together you just might have a little handbag?

Perhaps you'll give it a try.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Filet Butterfly Insert Pattern to Crochet

There are a variety of free Butterfly insert patterns out there in cyberland ... all great and interesting for all or any of those items you might create a butterfly insert for.   I realized this when I came across this one, and thought 'Have I seen this one before?'.

Nope, I don't think so.   I found this one in the December 1959 issue of The Workbasket.   Perhaps you'd like to give it a try?   In addition to the usual suggestions of towels and pillowcases, how about as patches on jeans, on shirt pockets or stitched onto our cloth purse.

Butterfly Insertion Pattern -
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tatted Insertion and Edging Pattern

Get that shuttle and ball ready !    Here is a pattern to create both an insertion and an edging.

Add them to towels, linens, collars .... anything that you might like really.   These designs came to us from the December 1969 issue of The Workbasket.     Just thought I'd share it with you.

Tatted Insertion and Edging Pattern

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tick Tack Toe Crochet Potholder Pattern

I know I've added several potholder patterns to my blog lately, and I do try to be somewhat diverse, BUT, this one just needs to be shared.

Yes, it is a rather bland picture.  It is from the August 1962 issue of The Workbasket -- who were not known for high quality photography. But put your imagination into play and picture it in white, green and blue (or contrasting colors of your choice), and I'm sure you'll see the fun potential.   Like really, who doesn't like Tick Tack Toe !

So, here's the super easy ... and free .... pattern.

Crochet Tick Tack Toe Panholder Pattern -
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