Vintage craft books are great. Although, it is really difficult to find a website that will pin down the definite age of a ‘vintage’ book. I have settled on this definition which says that over 25 years old [clothing] can be considered vintage….if there’s a better one for books, I’d love to read about it, so please post about it in the comments!
I have quite a few, on different subjects. After having a big clean up, I rearranged the bookshelf back into some categories;
And I found a lot of things that I wanted to look at right away to begin making the coolest things ever. I put them aside and this weekend I have been having a leisurely browse through codes;
Another interesting feature is the small ways in which our culture has changed.
Mostly, there’s a lot of experimentation, unravelling, reading and re-reading, and wondering aloud to myself. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but I find it both challenging and relaxing.
I’d like to share some of the brightest gems I have found through my last few days of reading and researching, as well as some of the attempts made in duplicating the things that I’ve found.
I’m really glad that where ever I found this one, I snapped it up. There’s only two colour photos in this book, and while the pattern for the cover photo is eye-catching, the colour choice….isn’t. Can anyone that lived through the 1970’s in Australia please explain why mustards, browns and khakis, were so popular? That’s pretty much the colour range I have throughout the ‘craft’ section of my ‘library’, and you know what? They’re really gross to look at!
The introduction paragraph still sounds quite contemporary too;
Some of the ideas behind that patterns are not, but I think I could make a convincing argument towards a current resurgence in interest towards things like apron-making (someone who could do it better would be Emily Howes, who also seems to think so, and is writing her PhD on it at the Sydney University of Technology). Or is it just my circle of friends? Did a ‘make do with what you have’ attitude spring from the mental belt-tightening media articles and dire warnings of the dangers of consumption that were common in 2008? Was there a rise of the DIY hero that has become fashionable in the last few years through super popular reality shows such as Masterchef and The Block?
At the end of the day though, I just like knots, string and counting so don’t really watch reality TV shows unless they fall under the categories of Wierd, Total and Utter Garbage, Noticably Biased or Intelligence-Insultingly Obvious Staged Drek*. I don’t know really know where this interest in textiles, traditional skills and time-consuming labour has surged from. I’m just glad that it means people are interested in the things I do and make and talk about and we can hang out and talk about them.
I also got a box of craft cards for $2 several years ago. They are a gold mine of quick ideas on sturdy fold out cards less than the size of an envelope.
As a bonus, they can be unintentionally funny;
Her sad face alone for this picture is priceless, but then I noticed that she wasn’t afraid to tell you how she was really feeling during this photograph session:
I will be posting what I’ve actually come up with, the wins and losses, over the next few days.
*Like Paranormal Witness, Gigolos and American Colony: Meet the Hutterites.