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Monday, August 25, 2014

Hand Crochet Decorations, Bernard Ulmann Vol 119

I've just finished working may way through Bernhard & Ulmann Volume 119.   This is a crochet pattern book, named Hand Crochet Decorations, dates all the way back to 1937.   The book itself is 37 pages, but represents just 6 patterns.   It starts with the six bedspread designs, and then, in the second half of the pattern book, you are given matching accessories for three of the bedspread patterns --- pillows, scarfs, chair sets, etc.  

These are beautiful designs, which, in my opinion, would be as beautiful in todays' home as they were some 77 years ago.  

Fruit Banquet Tablecloth Pattern No 4195
Gracing the front cover is the elegant Fruit Banquet Tablecloth (No 4195).  Worked primarily in Filet Crochet, the ensemble includes the tablecloth in 4 different sizes, as well as the scarf, pillow and chair set.

The Cluny Filet Bedspread (No 4194)  is the only pattern that is not an ensemble; just the bedspread.  Worked in Filet Crochet, it is quite a grand design of alternating flower blocks.

This stunning spread is called the Octagon Popcorn No 4192.   The blocks are 7-1/4 each and, as you might have guessed, are octagon shaped and feature the popcorn stitch. 

Another ensemble pattern, The Medici Star No 4191 includes the spread, scarf, pillow and chair set.

The ClunyWheel No 4193 ensemble is worked in a combination of regular and filet crochet rows.   The set includes the bedspread, scarf and chair set.

One more design, the Clover Leaf No 4196 Luncheon Set, is a combination of regular and filet crochet.   The set, which includes placemats and a centerpiece runner, have a filet center and a delicate border of clover leaf.
Vintage Lux Detergent Advertisement
And, the back cover is a Lux Detergent advertisement .... perfect for washing your crocheted beauties.

And that is the entire book ... 6 patterns by title and number, but so much more. Wouldn't you agree that these patterns are a fiber art fantasy?    I've listed the patterns in my shop, just follow the links below the pictures, should you be interested.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crocheted Rug Patterns, Star Book 106

The year was 1950 when American Thread issued their pattern book - Crocheted Rugs.   The book, 32 pages in all, is half and half color to black and white in a glossy format.  The book is issued in promotion to the Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug yarn, which is called for in each of the patterns.    There are 14 patterns and I'd rate them all as easy.  All are crocheted, a couple are woven or have added embroidery.

American Thread Star Book 106, Crocheted Rugs

Gracing the cover is Home Sweet Home, with a base of crochet and strands of black and white woven through.   Finished, it will measure 19 x 30 (without the fringe).

Vintage Crochet Checked Rug Pattern

Dot Dot Dash, worked in white and green on a black base is an easy design to put together, and would prove a complimentary factor to almost any decor.  Make in a large (23 x 48") or smaller rug.

Crochet Pattern, Checked area rug

The Young Modern Rug, also worked in three colors, will measure 24 x 40 inches.   This will be an easy design to increase or decrease size, should you desire.

Vintage Crochet Area Rug with embroidered blocks

This pretty two tone rug is named Biarritz (for the city in France?).   It's a nice block motif with the center of each block embroidered in cross stitch.

Crochet Granny Square Block Rug Pattern

I'm not sure what the old Granny looked like, but this "New Granny" is quite appealing worked in four colors of 6 x 6 inch blocks to make a finished rug of 24 x 36 inches.

Provincial Crocheted Woven Rug Pattern

The Provincial Rug is another woven design.  Crochet the base and weave through colorful strands of heavy rug yarn to achieve pleasing effect.    I've added this pattern to the shop as a Free Download.

Crochet Happy the Clown Rug Pattern

This rug design is perfect for the childs room; be that on the floor or even the wall (without the fringe).   Happy the Clown is crocheted and the clown embroidered in cross stitch.

The Country Home design is a hexagon crocheted in six different shades and finished with long fringe all the way around.   It measures 25 1/2 inches in diameter.

Southwest Motif Crocheted Rug Pattern

With a Southwestern American Indian motif in 3 colors, the Cliff Dweller area rug can be worked in two sizes - 26 x 50 or 16 x 26 inches.

Beginners Crochet Rug Pattern

The Regimental Stripes rug is crocheted in 5 colors of heavy rug yarn, making it a bright and welcome addition to almost any room.  The rug is 24 x 40 inches.

Vintage Oval Rug Crochet Pattern

Funny that American Thread named this Oval area rug Round and Round !   It is worked in four colors, employing three different pattern stitch and, of course, the loop stitch.  The rug will measure 25 x 37 inches.

Easy Crochet Rug, Free Pattern

7 skeins each of black and white Heavy Rug Yarn, and a few hours of time, and you will have the Day and Night rug to place ... well, anywhere you like.   The rug will measure 24 x 40 inches.   This pattern is offered as a Free Download in the shop.

This sweet rug design will be a color spot wherever it resides.  Pinwheel is an easy design that measures 24 inches.

Crochet Contemporary Rug pattern

The Contemporary is made of 15 blocks, each featuring one of two sizes of block cubes worked in loop stitch.   I has a quite nice dimensional effect.  The directions calls for one color,  but I think two to three colors would be equally as interesting.

And, that's it .. that back cover is the same as the front.   All in all, there are attractive selections here, and just as American Threads' goal would have been ... something for everyone.   I'd think that still holds true.

These patterns are listed in my shop; just follow the links under the respective pictures.   There's a couple free patterns there as well.   If you want to see more rug patterns, there's a bunch in the shop

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