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Hi there! While sipping tea the other day, it struck me that the mug rug underneath the cup was made 40-plus years ago and so much a part of my daily life, that I was not really seeing it. I picked it up, looked closely as if with new eyes and thought — “yeah, I made that”. I’m also sharing a couple of needlework items I was obsessed with back in the late 70s and early 80s. There’s crochet, knitting and crewel embroidery involved …… and 1943 Betsy Ross wannabe at the end. Happy Flag Day!
Crocheted Pansy Doily
Back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, I was fascinated by old world needlecraft. One of the results of that obsession was this pansy edged doily, made with cotton crochet thread. I loved the result, and still own this piece, which is in daily use. The pattern was in a little magazine called “Workbasket” (I think); and it was literally a small size magazine – about 5×7 inches or thereabouts. My pansy doily is a well-travelled part of the household, coming along with each move.
My then-little girl wore this dress on her third birthday — that would be 1978 and yes, I am aging myself because I AM aging for real. It got passed down to other little girls in the family and into oblivion. It did have a good run, though. I’m not sure where I got the pattern, but it’s also made with cotton crochet.
I knitted this in the early 1980s, followed a pattern from McCalls Needlework and Craft magazine, which I was obsessed with. It was knitted exactly as featured in the magazine, with the same ombre blue boucle wool yarn bought at a large craft store called Leewards – does anyone remember Leewards? This coat/cardigan has also travelled the world, and still comes out from hibernation every winter. It got a good run in the infamous Texas Freeze of February 2021. During that historic freeze this old friend kept me warm, layered with at least three more pieces of clothing.
Garden Crewel Embroidery
Another project featured in McCall’s needlework and Crafts. Again, in the early 1980s, I followed the thread color recommendations exactly to recreate the magazine picture. In 2021 it looks a bit garish, but I am emotionally attached to the piece now. It’s staying on my wall forever.
Happy Flag Day! (I call it Betsy Ross Day)
The cutest Betsy Ross wannabe in 1943. I wonder who she is?
Yesterday, June 14, was “Flag Day” and I happened to remember this mint condition Better Homes and Gardens issue in my collection of old magazines, circa 1943. That year, my mother was a teenager in India. I keep thinking that cute cover model is probably over 80 years old now — if she’s still with us. Who is she and where is she from? Did she have a good life? I have so many questions….
And, we come to the end of a short post, but I really wanted to share a bit of my non-garment-sewing past with you and there’s more where that came from. Heh. Come on, tell us about some of your long ago needlework items that are still around and in daily use.
Have a good summer, friends! Until next time,