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

Just had to buy this super cute doll sized peacock chair - 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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