Category Archives: Retro Crafts

Retro Crafting Friday: Hyacinth Blossom Stitch

Here’s another fun and easy knitting stitch, perfect for charity or quick projects. Even though it is in the low 50′s here, I’m trying to think about spring! From the Harmony Guide by Mountford, try this fun stitch: Multiple of … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting: Easter Brunch Table

I am going to start doing the Retro Crafting posts a bit less often now, but I found this cute spring Easter table photo in the Holiday Decorations You Can Make, from Better Homes and Gardens, 1974. I like the … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: Shamrock Quilt Square

I’m so ready for the great green holiday – and spring! This is a Carrie Hall Block, one of over 800 patterns made by the quilt expert between 1900 and 1935. It always bugs me when I see 4-leaf clovers … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: Knitting Blankets and More for Children or Pets

This month I’m posting charity knitting for children to tie in with the publication of Molly MacRae’s new haunted knit shop mystery, Spinning in Her Grave. But this pattern is actually for a cat blanket, to be knit and donated … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: Crafting for Children

Molly MacRae’s new book, Spinning in her Grave, contains a pattern for a finger puppet so we wanted to highlight crafting for children this month, especially helping children’s charities. I’ve mentioned Springfield Stitches for a Cause before on this blog, … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: String Art

From Lee Wards Illustrated Library of Arts and Crafts, 1960′s, comes a great section on string art. Remember this? I loved string art kits with little wood blocks, velvet, and little pins or tacks when I was little. This book … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: Needlepointers

From the Lee Wards Encyclopedia of Arts & Crafts, 1960s, these embroidery coasters are supposed to be a good way to learn the craft. The stitches are from top to bottom: Bargello, Basketweave, a combination of the Half-Cross and Continental … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: “Decorative Tray Holder?”

This one definitely goes in the “Why on Earth would I want this?” category. From the 1980 Fun with Felt book, you can make these felt holders to put on your wall – for your trays. The sunflower design is … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting: Make Your Own Chess Set

From the 1972 Better Homes and Gardens Gifts to Make Yourself, the caption on this describes this as “a chess set that really gets down to the nuts and bolts of the game.” This is made out of plywood covered … Continue reading

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Retro Crafting Friday: 7 Day Afghan?

This is from a 1970′s guide to The 7-Day Afghan. I think if you didn’t work, sleep or take breaks to use the bathroom, you might be able to do this in 7 days. But it’s still pretty, and would … Continue reading

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