Thursday, November 08, 2012

Vintage crochet finds.

Yesterday I started my new job at SewGood/KnitToo, Sanctuary Point.  Its the perfect job for this yarn addict! Its only one day a week and its during school hours.  Its my dream job come true.

Yesterday an elderly lady gave a huge pile of vintage and antique patterns to Alison, the owner of the wool shop.  OMG it was like all my Christmas' had come at once.  The oldest pattern I came across was 1917, it even had an advert in it asking people to help with making things for the war effort!

The lady had brought them in because she didn't know what to do with them.  She knew they were of value to someone and she didn't want to drop them off at a charity store, as they might think they were junk.  Thank goodness she remembered her local wool shop.  So yesterday after lunch Alison and I spend an hour or more pouring over all these amazing patterns.

Here are some photos of the patterns that were in the crochet pile.

I've never seen doilies spelt this way before!
See the link below explaining this spelling.
Imagine making this teapot cover!   Don't you just love the
lipstick advert in the back ground - very Mad Men.
I wish they dated these booklets, circa 1940's (we think).

There was two copies of the Semco Crochet Edges booklet, which meant that I got to keep one!  It has 38 different edges, many of which I have never seen before.  It appears this booklet was put together so ladies could put a pretty cotton crochet edge on table clothes, handkerchiefs, and napkins as all the edges have been photographed with a linen and hemstitched edge.

Page 13 of Semco Crochet Edges Booklet No17.
This afternoon I splashed out and purchased some hemstitched handkerchiefs from Crochet Australia as I think I'll be using this book to make some lovely Christmas gifts.

To see these crochet patterns simply pop by SewGood/KnitToo in Sanctuary Point.  Alison has a vast collection of vintage knit and crochet patterns which she is happy to show you.  NB:  Take a scanner and laptop with you so you can take the patterns home with you.


Further Reading:  Doilie, doily, doyley, doiley, d’oyley or d’oilie? by the Dreamstress

FYI: if you are ever cleaning out your grandma's pattern stash please don't throw it away, donate it to your local wool shop, set up a Craftumi or etsy account and sell them or send me an email and I'll gladly arrange to collect them from you. 

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