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Showing posts with label Crochet Home Decor. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crocheted Medallion Pattern by Alice Brooks

For this post, let's go back 81 years ... all the way to July, 1936.  In newspapers across the country, Alice Brooks Needlework Design pattern 5560 was offered. 
It's a mail-order design.   Just "write plainly pattern number, your name and address, along with 15 cents.   And then, several weeks later, your pattern arrives in the mail.  

Each lovely lacy square medallion measures 5 inches.   -- "the best bedspread, the dressers matching scarf.   You'll have reason indeed to be proud of this lacy pair, to say nothing of a tea or dinner cloth, buffet or vanity set, which grow little by little as you crochet a simple medallion".  

Alice Brooks 5560 arrives and is a large (20 x 30") sheet of paper and includes stitch detail diagrams to assist you in the design.  

This is just one of the many Mail Order Medallions for this time period.   My search will continue to find more to add to my collection.    

If you'd like to see more squares or medallions, there are plenty in the shop.  If you are trying to find a specific design, you might want to try the bedspread or tablecloth categories as well.  

Thanks for dropping by, 
Lorrie 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lily Mills Book 1300, 42 Crochet Patterns

I've been so busy transferring the shop from Todays Treasure to Vintage Knit Crochet that I haven't taken much time to process patterns since June.    But the transfer is close to complete, and I'm going to relax a bit and resume processing a couple patterns each day.    I went to the 'pending cabinet' and out came ....

Lily Mills Book 1300  - Crochet - 42 Items of Beauty and Lasting Quality. 
Illustrated ... Explicit Instructions 

I've had this book in my collection for several years.  I recall when I first received it receiving a good chuckle from the "Illustrated Explicit Instructions'.

This pattern book takes us back to 1945.   It's a bit of a 'no-frills' muted black and white book, as would be typical for being in the middle of WWII.  Surprisingly enough, there are no WWII war bond advertisements.    The book offers us a bit of this and that ... something for everyone, and then a little more.   I'm not going to add all 42; in fact I processed just 20, but even that's just too much of a blog post, put I'll put in a few and supply a link to see the rest.    Ready?   Here we go.

Hit Parade - Baby Set No 1:   This easy knitted baby set includes a jacket, bonnet and sweet little socks.  I like the addition of the socks, versus the typical booties.

Baby Talk :   This little set includes a baby bonnet and matching mitts.  Both are ribbon laced and sized for baby at 3 - 6 months
This Crochet Flower Picture is an unusual piece.   The flowers and separately crocheted and then tacked in place to fabric covered cardboard and framed.   Perhaps an extension of crewel work that was so popular in this time period.    I've not processed this pattern, but if you just 'must' have it, let me know.  

Doily Set - Place Mat and Glass Doily - This graceful mat set is certainly out of the ordinary.  Flower petals and leaves surround a linen center.  
Darned Filet Centerpiece, 14 x 24 inches, in the marvelous rose scroll motif and be worked in Filet Crochet as well.  


Handbags and Coin Purses are billed as a Mother Daughter set ... perfectly sized for each, and a quite easy pattern.  


Fascinator Head Scarf ... as 1940's as it gets!  The flowers on this design are crocheted separately and sewn in place.  


Gay Espardilles - Crocheted House Slippers and attached to cork bases.   They are sized to fit and do indeed look comfortable, as well as fashionable (with those ankle ties). 



This cute piece is a hat shaped pincushion with lattice edge and ribbon ties.  In the 1940's, pincushions were for hat pins as well.   


This pattern book was issued as a promotion for Lily Sil-tone Mercerized Crochet Cotton and Lily Pearl Cotton.   All of the patterns call for these threads.  

There are a few other beauties in this book, if you'd care to take a look.  The patterns I did not process were primarily edgings and insignificant bits (like the hat pin heads pictured above) .... that's how they go all the way to 42!.  

Hope you enjoyed the pattern book review. 
Thanks for dropping by. 
Lorrie 





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, 


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

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Crochet Basket Planter Patterns, Mail Order Designs

I've been processing vintage patterns for the last 5 years and have recently realized that all of the Crochet Planter Baskets patterns are Mail Order Designs. I've not yet had occasion to come across one in the standard pattern leaflet books, or magazines. There are a variety of the Mail Order variety, vintage 1960's and 1970's. The only guess I can think up is Macrame, which become very popular in this same time period. Perhaps these Mail Order Designs were to compete with that market. Again, that is just a guess.
Here are a few examples of the Mail Order Basket Designs.
Design 653, Parasol Crochet Planter. A nice design at 12 wide and 15 inches deep will be more interesting than standard shapes .... assuming however you can find some kind of put to your plant with the rod down the middle !
Swan Centerpiece Crochet Pattern Design 530 Motif that is suggested as both a Table Centerpiece as well as a plant hanger.
Pineapple Basket Crochet Pattern featuring the always popular pineapples. This pattern goes a step further and gives directions for small and large daisy flowers to add to your basket.
Design 7068; Crocheted Dog and Cat planters: These may be more appropriate on a windowsill; just 3-1/2 inches wide and tall, but quite cute.
There are, of course, more Designs in the shop, if you'd like to browse.
Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crochet Square Pattern, Mail Order Design 7215

It's quite frequent that Mail Order Design patterns re-use the same numbers.   Very seldom, however, have I found the same number used on similar patterns.  For example, a single number might be used for a crocheted doily and a knitted pullover, but unusual for two knitted pullovers.

And then today, I came across a three-fer, which I'll just call highly unusual.    It revolves around Mail Order Design 7215.

Alice Brooks 7215, Crochet Medallion

Alice Brooks 7215, Crocheted Squares

Design 7215, Crochet Square

These had me by surprise and I had to go through the listings a couple times to make sure I had the correct patterns attached to the pictures.

And that's it ... my first Mail Order discovered three-fer.   Oh, take this back to 'somewhat' typical, there is a fourth Design 7215 as well .... but for a doily.

Design 7215, Crochet Pineapple Doilies in six sizes.  

Ok, now that I've got this one figured out, I'll head back to work.   Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Square Centerpiece Crochet Doily

Most of you will remember the 'old fashioned' TV set.  You know, that large console that was in your, or perhaps Grandmother' living room.   Or, for you younger folks, in old nostalgic movies.   Big square or oblong pieces of furniture, most frequently with legs.


But these sets fulfilled more than just TV watching, the top surface became yet another place for the woman of the house to merchandise objects of choice.  Here one would often find picture frames, vases, pieces of art, etc.

And, of course, the display often included the doily; a perfect showcase to whatever might gather.   Women around the world crocheted pieces to adorn their TV's.   The patterns were frequently called doilies, runners or scarves.   One company -- Needlework Services -- (Mail Order Design patterns) took it a step further and actually referred to them as TV covers.

There were a numbers of these design patterns ....

Design 7041 - in three sizes;  19, 21 and 32 inches

Design 7020 - in three sizes; 19, 21 and 32 inches

Design 7226 - in four sizes; 20, 23, 34 and 52 inches

Design 7339 - In three sizes; 22, 25 and 38 inches

Now, the classic TV Doily has become a thing of the past, but these Designs live on.  They are still the staging for beloved items, only the table has changed.   We now call them Large Centerpiece Square Doilies, or, in some cases small tablecloths.

These patterns, which I adore even thought I do not crochet, are each a small piece of our history.

Thanks for dropping by,
Lorrie

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Crocheted Bottle Cap Covers

Vintage 1960's .... and creating crafts with 'upcycled' materials became all the rage.  And, the innocent bottle cap was overly plentiful, making them an excellent candidate.

The bottle craft craze certainly was not overlooked by the Crochet artist community.   And to support them, American Thread put together a number of hot plate mat covers.    I've three of them currently in the shop.



Now, if you go out in Google Images Land, you'll see a variety of other designs, but not many other patterns.  Why ... well, if you can made a crochet cover to fit the bottle cap you can arrange them in anyway that your imagination might take you.   Round, oblong, etc. etc.

Now, bottle caps are not as plentiful as they once were as many beverage makers have moved to the screw off top, but you'll still find them on many beer bottles.    Or, if you are not a beer drinker, you'll find a variety of folks out in Ebay or Etsy land, they sell them.


Now, I don't know how to Crochet, so I myself never made any of these mats, but I will confess that I used to nail them to wood forms for wall art .... still have a fish or two around.

Thanks for dropping  by,
Lorrie