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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Recipe for an enjoyable November evening


Glass of wine, log fire burning, stack of my vintage needlework magazines .... bliss!

My favourites are from the 50s as they seem to have so many useful projects and articles - sometimes there is even a great project tucked away in a little half column at the back end of a magazine that I overlooked on the first ten or so read throughs.

I have been putting together as many copies of Needlework Illustrated from the late 40s/early 50s as I possibly can.  I have also got a good (and growing) collection of 1970s Golden Hands magazines.  With regard to the earlier 30s, finding magazines is more difficult but I have a growing collection of needlework books from this era.  Of course, I am discovering echoes of earlier needlecraft projects everywhere.  Plus ca change and all that.  I am enjoying trying the vintage projects out and also creating my own interpretations of them.  I have started putting some of the instructions on my posts and hope to do lots more next year.  In the meantime, if you would like to make a vintage inspired peg doll fairy for your Christmas tree, instructions are here.  Or if you would like to make a 50s inspired bow tie for your man, instructions are here.

If you would like to get hold of a job lot of Needlework Illustrated magazines, I have some listed on ebay right now as I have quite a lot of duplicates resulting from my buying up lots of job lots to increase my own collection.

Happy needlecrafts everyone!  Karen x