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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crazy Daisy Winder Patterns

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.

Sequined Trim Crochet Jabot Collar Pattern

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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