Godey’s Lady’s Book Pine Cone Craft – Father Christmas

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

I was flipping through some of my Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine pages and found this little gem. It’s an Old Father Christmas made of pine cones.

Old Father Christmas made with Pine Cones - Vintage Crafts and More

The doll is made of five cones, two for the arms, two for the legs and one for the body. The boots are made of wood and fastened to the board. The boots have a long point at the top which are inserted into the cones to form the legs.

Then the arms and legs are fastened to the body with glue and wire. The hands are formed from paper mache and are glued to the arms. The head is also paper mache and the hair and beard are flax.

A waistband is added to hide the wire. The neck and shoulders are covered with a black crochet comforter, the head with a fur cap. Several small accessories are added to finish him off.

This vinyl Santa Head and Arm Set could replace the paper mache one required for the Pine Cone Santa. The head measures about 3.5 inches and the hands are about 2.5 inches and they come in a package of 6 sets.

 

The full larger magazine page of instructions is available in the PDF file below:

Father Christmas made with Pine Cones

The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Enjoy!

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Tatting Is So Much Fun – Tatting for Beginners

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

Today’s freebie about Tatting is from a 1954 magazine called Crafts & Hobbies,  How To Make Money At Home.

Every month the magazine had several articles on ways to make extra money with your crafts and hobbies. I searched, but was unable to find out how long it was published.

 

Crafts & Hobbies Magazine 1954 - Vintage Crafts and More

Often the articles would include needlework hobbies, like today’s Tatting Is So Much Fun. It includes Tatting instructions and 8 designs in a 3 page article taken from the Beginner’s Manual of Crochet by the American Thread Company published in 1950.

Below is the page for the designs:

Tatting Is So Much Fun - Vintage Crafts and More

Tatting is a durable lace made with knots and loops. Usually made for trim or doilies. For more information on Tatting take a look an earlier blog post Tatting Instructions.

If you’re interested in Tatting and a beginner wanting to learn more at home, this book Learn to Tat (with DVD) from the American School of Needlework has great reviews. Be careful though, the Kindle edition doesn’t include the videos.

Through the years I’ve also shared several tatting patterns you can find by clicking on the Tatting category to the right.

All 3 magazine pages are in the PDF file below:

Tatting Is So Much Fun PDF

To download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here. There are also free Adobe Reader Apps for mobile devices.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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Enjoy!

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1950s Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts – VTNS Fan Freebie

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Today I’m sharing a couple fun vintage paper crafts for Valentine’s Day. These are from a 1954 magazine called Crafts & Hobbies, How To Make Money At Home.

Vintage Crafts and More - Snowflake Delight Valentine Paper Craft

They should take you back in time before computer graphics and home printers to when we used paste, crepe paper and pretty paper doilies to make our homemade Valentine’s Day cards. If you don’t make these, they will give you some ideas for new ones.

Do these bring back memories? You can click on a picture and it will open in another window a little bigger so you can get a better look:

Vintage Crafts and More - Happy Cherub Valentine Paper Craft
Vintage Crafts and More - Cupids Heart Valentine Paper CraftVintage Crafts and More - Lovely Lady Valentine Paper Craft

Vintage Crafts and More - Snowflake Delight Valentine Paper Craft

 

 

 

 

 

There are two magazine pages of instructions and templates to make these vintage Valentine’s Day cards and decorations.

Here’s the file:

Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts PDF

The magazine pages are in PDF format so to download them you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

Enjoy!

A Look at Early 20th Century Summer Dresses – Fan Freebie

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Vintage Crafts and More - 1918 Ladies

Summer has officially begun and I thought it would be nice to take a nostalgic trip back to what the ladies and girls used to wear in the early part of the 20th century.

Vintage Crafts and More - 1918 Summer Wear

This example was taken from a Needlecraft magazine that sold patterns for dresses. You’ll notice each one has a number next to it. They sold for 10 cents each.

The magazine gives quite a detailed description for each outfit. You can see them below. A little hard to read in the post, but you can click on it so it will open in another window where you’ll be able to enlarge it.

Vintage-Crafts-and-More-1918-Summer Wear-Description

Vintage-Crafts-and-More-1918-Ladies-Summer-Dress

Vintage-Crafts-and-More-1918-Summer-Dress

 

 

These dresses look perfect for summer. Soft, flowing material, cool and comfortable for a summer picnic in the park.

 

 

 

 

 

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1904 The Delineator Magazine Article – Modern Lace Making

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

Today I’ve chosen an article about lace from a 1904 Delineator Magazine. It doesn’t give instructions on making lace, but provides a glimpse into it’s uses in the early 20th century.

Vintage Crafts and More - 1904 Delineator Magazine Modern Lace Making Article

An American women’s magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Delineator was founded by the Butterick Publishing Company.

It featured Butterick sewing patterns, fashions of the day, needlework and short fiction stories.

I only have a few, wish I had more, but I love to look through and read them.

The scans include the advertisements which can be fun to look at and see what kind of things were for sale and what they cost back then.

Here is the article:

1904 Delineator Magazine Article Modern Lace Making

The pattern is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

Enjoy!

Have you seen this magazine – Victoria

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Victoria Magazine Nov 1995 Thanksgiving

Victoria Magazine Nov 1995 Thanksgiving

 

I ran across a group of 1990’s Victoria magazine back issues in my local thrift store.  I had never seen it before and was excited to know it existed. As I flipped through the pages I was impressed by the wonderful articles and spectacular photographs, that frankly would look lovely framed.

Victoria magazine celebrates the romantic living during the Victorian Era and inspires us to relive it by including articles on home design and decoration, recipes, gardening, entertaining and fashion. They encourage women to follow their dreams by providing book recommendations and bios of successful women entrepreneurs.

Many of the back issues of this magazine are highly sought after since many collect them and therefore are always on the look out to fill the gaps in their collections. I’ve sold most of ones I put in my eBay store, but there were a couple I kept that I just couldn’t part with.

Publishing of Victoria ceased in 2003 but fortunately was reintroduced in 2007.  They now have a website and their own Facebook page.  Keep an eye out for them and pick up the back issues when you can, you won’t be disappointed.