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.

Please share your favorite needlework hints, tips and projects in the comments below or with us on Facebook.

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.

If you like this page, be sure to share it with your friends and like our Facebook Fanpage so you can get updates every time we post new patterns.

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!