Welcome to the Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts blog!For over 10 years I have been writing this blog as a fond nostalgic parody of recipes and crafts from the 70's and earlier. Do you remember a trend fondly? From chiffon cakes to pom poms for roller skates, you're speaking my language.
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Category Archives: Retro Crafts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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