I love old craft magazines for a variety of reasons. Obviously they are a marvellous source of patterns for garments from past eras. Most of them have knitting patterns and I have found some beautiful jumpers and cardigans to put on my list of things to make. I like seeing the ideas for household items, it gives a real sense of what a period home would have looked like. Sometimes I am amazed at the array of embroidered tablecloths, chair backs, table runners, place mats, napkins, stools, firescreens and pictures. I wonder how anyone had time to produce such things. I enjoy the physical feel of something old in my hands. I like to think about the previous owner - what did they make out of it?, what did they wear?, where did they live?, what was their house like?, what have they lived through? I particularly like the connection that is made when the magazine has a surname and address on the back, for a subscription delivery.
The following pictures are of the front cover of each of the magazines, starting with the oldest. From these alone I think that you get a real feel for the wealth of needlecraft projects contained within, from embroidery to crochet to tapestry to knitting to cross stitch to applique.
|Highlights the free transfer available in this issue,|
featuring 'four lovely little flower sprays arranged in a
surrounding border of single Forget-Me-Not
flowers'. The suggested use is for a drawing room or
boudoir blotter cover.
|This cover features the design for a cushion that|
is part of a garden tea set. Other ideas in the set are
a firescreen, a pouffe, a tea cosy, a chair back and
a table runner.
|A bowl or roses in cross stitch - 'a beautiful theme in|
a favourite stitch, rich and luxurious to behold'.
|An embroidered wall panel.|
|An applique market scene.|
|The most beautiful cable and fair isle peplum jumper.|
|An applique bowl full of silk embroidered anemones.|
|'Like all good traditional designs, Jacobean embroidery is|
very pleasing to every generation and it is perfectly
suitable in our modern home'.
|A firescreen featuring a 'distinctive design with a quiet |
blending of colour reminiscent of the English designs
of the Regency period'.
|An autumnal luncheon set of six, featuring oak, elm, |
mountain ash, beech, chestnut and sycamore leaves.
|An embroidered Kentish scene.|
|Cross stitch design for chair and settee backs.|
|Embroidered spring posy tablecloth.|
|Alpine beauty picture - to 'retain your happy holiday |