I'm slowly working my way through the The ABC Book of Crocheted Edges and Corners - No 2. This book is one of 5 that was published by the Asmus Bradley Company during the 1920's.
In this line of thought, I started wondering ... Who was Asmus Bradley Co.? This led me on a two and a half hour internet search project entitled ... how I spent my Sunday morning. And, what did I learn? Well, not much. Apparently the Asmus Bradley Co. was ran by an individual named Charles E Bradley. I could find no real estate ties to them, other than renting of the fifth floor of a building at 208 W Monroe, Chicago IL. The business trade was listed as Art, Needlework Materials and Fancy Linens. They had copyright notices for their pattern books, as well as some reference to tatting shuttles. But, no manufacturing. So, my current guess is Asmus Bradley was a retailer, selling art supplies to the ladies of the times and published books as self promotion. Again, this is just a guess on my part. To try and substantiate, I've sent an Email off to D.M.C. asking them if there was any other relationship between them. (I've also asked for their recommended equivalent guide for the No 40 Six Cord Cotton).
All that aside, let me get back to this book -- The ABC book of Crocheted Edges and Corners. It's a quite nice book with 18 pages; 16 of which are individual patterns for crochet edges and corners (just as you might suspect).
Awhile back I made a decision not to sell edging patterns, and since that time have been placing them in a Google Plus Photo Album called Crochet Edgings and Insertions for anyone to access or use. If you'd like to see the patterns 'closer up', you are welcome to visit the album. Patterns are in alphabetical and then numerical order.
Okay, time for me to get back on track.
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P.S. I'll update this post should I receive an answer from D.M.C. (Not often, but once in awhile these companies do answer).
Saturday, February 7, 2015
In the stack of pattern leaflets I am working through is this 1937 leaflet.
Spool Cotton Company No 56L.
This leaflet was issued in support of their pattern book - The Book of Edgings Crocheted and Knitted. - which was released in 1935. The leaflet would have been distributed through the local shops, which I would imagine would have been a move to keep the then two year old pattern book in popularity.
The leaflet contains two rather grand edging patterns. First, The Regency 8080 for use on a scallop mat edging.
The second being Sunset in Venice - No 8039 - a grand scalloped border that would be splendid on linens ... or, of course, anything you wish.
I do not (currently) have the SPC Book 56 in my collection so I do not know if these two patterns are actually in the original book. There have been several instances where SPC released subsequent leaflets in support of a book that did not contain the patterns in the leaflet. Kind of like an addition to the book itself.
Generally, I do not sell edging patterns; I place them in a Google Photo Album for general viewing and use. This is a practice I've just started, but it is a growing ... and hope you might find a use for them.
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Monday, April 25, 2011
This vintage pattern booklet by Coats and Clark, Book 147, titled Mohair Fashions to Knit and Crochet, contains a nice assortment of sweaters and coats. This booklet was issued in 1964 as part of their C&C Red Heart Mohcora promotion. All 12 patterns are outer wear, sweaters, coats, shawls, for both men and women, as well as one beret. Most of the patterns are knitting; 2 are crochet; one requires both. Here, let me show you.
Mohair Fashions To Knit and Crochet
The front cover gives us a color preview of a sweater and a coat.
This is patterns pictured on the cover. We have a crocheted coat, sized Small, Medium and Large, as well as a Knitted Cardigan (with the marvelous collar), that is also sized Small, Medium and Large.
This Womans Knitted Pullover is lovely piece ! It is Sized 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18. The pattern also references a separate pattern for a womans dickey, which, I'm assuming, is the big of teal blue we see at her neckline.
The Mans Knitted Cardigan is an equally distinguished sweater, sizes Small (36/38), Medium (40/42) and Large (44/46).
The 'Turtle Neck' on this pattern is certainly not enough description for this marvelous neck/collar. It's also a Cable Pullover. It is Knitted and Sized 10, 12, 14, and 16.
The Crocheted Shawl is perfect for those 'a little bit cool' evenings! To complete it, you also need a couple snap fasteners or buttons. The shawl in one-size.
The Boat Neck on this Man's Pullover Sweater gives it a refined look. This is a knitting pattern and is sized for chest 38, 40, 42 and 44.
The womans stole is soft and delicate in appearance. It is also knitted and is one-size.
This set is also shown on the back cover in color. The womens knitted Channel Jacket is sized 12, 14, 16 and 18.
The mens V-Neck pullover is also knitted and sized for chest 38, 40, 42 and 44.
Here's a classic duo; a coat and a cardigan. The V-Neck, front buttoned cardigan is knitted, with crocheted edges. It is sized small (30-32), medium (34-36), large (38-40).
The knitted Raglan Coat (with marvelous collar) is also sized small (30-32), medium (34-36), large 38-40).
This is a knitted V-Neck Pullover Sweater. The varigated yarn used in this sweater forms its own design as you knit so that each sweater is truly an original design. Note - the sleeves continue up to form the yoke. This pattern is sized 10, 12, 14, 26 (for bust sizes 30 - 36).
The only hat in the book makes an appearance here in the stylish piece - the Knitted Beret.
And, on the back page, a color photo of the above mens sweater and womens jacket.
Overall, at least in my opinion, a really nice group of sweater, coat and shawl sweaters are contained here. No fluff projects to fill the pages, classics start to finish.
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