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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I have had some luck recently finding textiles books (here and here) at the oppies and this week was no exception.A lovely hardcover needlework book first published in 1950, this book is the “Fourth Impression 1972”. And with these clear step by step instructions on how to crochet, hopefully I will be joining the “crochet club” soon.
This book, while not exactly a Flea Market Find, was very cheap – only $4.50. I found it at Lincraft!


This week I have been inspired by my find last week and by Kate’s gorgeous dress making, and have been flicking through all the patterns at the oppies. I found these. These illustrations of elongated models always make clothes look so good don’t they? But I love the dress pattern on the left. Not sure if it would suit me but I can only give it a go. Now to choose some fabric…

Oh and one of them came with the pattern cut out of an old 1975 newspaper. Just look at those house and land prices back then!

Visit Sophie at Her Library Adventures for more Flea Market Finds.

11 comments:

Sarah. Splish Splash Designs said...

Great finds :)
Ooh, imagine if land was that price now!

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow, land prices have gone up a bit haven't they!
have fun with your new finds Renee...they seem like another language to me.

Knicky Knacks said...

I love the fact that you are prepared to work through those instructions. For me, that would be like pulling teeth - which is why I'm yet to craft a single crafty thing. Can't wait to see the results of your hard work and application to the craft of crochet.

sue said...

I love the bag on the cover of the book from Lincraft! Glad you have been inspired by your finds to get sewing - don't forget to show us what you make!

Amanda said...

oh wow how cool that it was cut from that old paper!

Tracey said...

fabulous pattern finds!

collecting feathers said...

I am sure I had that pattern in 1978! I had to make a dress in home economics and boy did I give the teacher trouble. I thought she was such a dag, but looking back, I think we both were! xxNick

handmadehappiness said...

ohhhhhh i love your patterns... and in 1970's paper there is more history!!!!! http://misstracianderson.blogspot.com/2010/05/happy-sunday-yall-my-library-is-firm.html

marian said...

love those vintage craft books & patterns. hmmmm that pattern on the left reminds me of a similar dress i had back in the 70s..maybe i've still got that pattern laying around somewhere?

Charlotte said...

Follow the crochet instructions taking your time and I guarantee you will soon be a member of the crochet club. That's how I learned to crochet over 37 years ago and I am still going strong! Good luck!

Vic said...

Goddamn... $4.50?! I am both impressed and stupidly jealous. Good luck learning to crochet from your book - I tried that - from a tonne of books, but being blonde had no luck whatsoever. My gran is teaching me know though - much more idiot proof!

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