Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year & Bonne Annee to everyone
I am working on a new website which will incorporate a new blog & lots of free vintage inspired sewing tutorials ... so watch this space xx Karen

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday

This article from one of my 1940s Needlework Illustrated magazines is so poignant, requesting needlework supplies for prisoners of war to work on.  When I read what the prisoners most needed - warm gloves, slippers, jerkins and holdalls - I must confess it brought a tear to my eye. 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Vintage Needlewoman & Needlecraft Magazine from 1953 & Social History

Vintage "symbolic" tray cloth worked from a pattern in a 1953 Needlewoman & Needlecraft magazine.  The projects included a souvenir sampler to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II

as well as shadow work mats with daffodil, thistle, shamrock & crown motifs; a knitted jumper with emblem pocket; coronation motifs which could be stitched into brooches; a pagenatry tapestry design; an empiric tablecloth with the national flowers of the commonwealth; assisi embroidery in a majestic design; crochet tablecloth edging & doilies with coronation motifs; a diadem design crochet traycloth; a Windsor design embroidered cushion; corona motif embroidery; and finally a cavalcade wastepaper bin and royal tribute Radio Times cover.  All this in one 28 page magazine!  Quite a historical statement ...


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Liberty & London

Trip down to London yesterday & spent ages in the wonderful Liberty store! Had a good look round the haberdashery department, bought some supplies for a sewing project.  I dared to enter their amazing Designer Vintage section - rather out of my price range but always inspiring! Have listed some great vintage 70s tea dresses in my ebay shop, including one homemade from a Liberty Tana lawn (always the loveliest fabric I think - the peach dress shown) and a 40s inspired blue & mauve number by Marion Donaldson.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Retro Peacock Chair for Groovy 70s Rag Doll

vintage 70s peacock chair for rag doll by karen vallerius

Just had to buy this super cute doll sized peacock chair - straight out of Conran's 70s classic House Book I think - sure I will make use of it in the future as I want to stitch some 70s themed rag dolls

Sunday, 13 July 2014

1950s The Book of Good Housekeeping

Just a few photos from an interesting vintage 50s book - The Book of Good Housekeeping - did anyone out there ever look that happy using a vacuum cleaner??? x


Monday, 30 June 2014

Sew 70s - Clothespin Dolls

These little handmade clothespin or dolly peg dolls are dressed in the fashions I wore as a teenager in the 70s - jeans & smock tops, long maxi floral dresses & of course flowers in their hair! x


Monday, 23 June 2014

Revamp Vintage Dresses into a Smart Occasion Outfit

What a fab way to revamp a couple of old vintage dresses into a lovely dress & jacket combo - wouldn't this be perfect for a mother of the bride outfit?  I love the way this uses vintage dresses, which so often don't fit well, to make a lovely smart two piece.  This article was found in an early 60s Pins & Needles magazine.  Do let me know if you use this idea to rework an outfit of your own. x


Friday, 6 June 2014

The way we wore the 70s

I thought it would be nice to dress some peg dolls in fashions I remember from my teens back in the 70s - so here we have on the left a maxi dress in a pretty ditsy floral & a shawl made from daisies.  Then on the right the doll wears jeans & a smock top with a jaunty daisy loom waistcoat & bright shoulder bag.  Both dolls wear flowers in their hair, just like I used to!! x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

To blog or to sew, that is the question? x

Have never been the most conscientious blogger and for the last year or so I have been seriously focusing on my sewing projects so blogging has got less & less.  Added to that, I seem to find Blogger really slow these days, whatever browser or laptop I am using, and in addition I am unable to comment on my fellow bloggers' blogs in the way that I would like due to "long running scripts" & other teccie glitches that are way beyond my comprehension
So, for now, have decided that sewing must take precedence.  Please follow & like me on Facebook on my Karen Vallerius page if you have time as I am uploading short posts & photos there.  Also have some Pinterest boards going with more photos so please see what my inspirations are here.  A few more photos of my workroom below - and please be assured, small dog may be allowed to keep me company by sleeping on a chair but he is NEVER allowed to touch my textiles and NEVER allowed to help with the sewing!  Bye for now, Karen x

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