Mother’s Day Sewing Poem from a 1926 Needlecraft Magazine

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I’m sharing a sweet little Mother’s Day Poem about sewing. It was published in a 1926 Needlecraft Magazine. Let’s just say, not too much has changed…

Vintage Crafts and More - Mother's Day Sewing Poem

Worthwhile Things
by Doris Wheeler Blount

I’m a busy wife and mother, too.
And life has been good to me:
And for all the joys that have been my lot,
I’m thankful as can be.
But each day in my heart a longing creeps,
As the hours come and go,
For a little time I might call my own,
When I could sit down and sew!

When I awake in the early morn
This thought comes first to mind –
That surely, before the day is done,
An hour of two I’ll find
To embroider a bit on the luncheon-cloth,
Or finish that scarf for Nell.
Or make French knots with those dainty silks
On an apron for Cousin Belle.

I’d like to hemstitch some towels, too,
And make a silk cushion, gay.
And dress up my windows with curtains fine,
Trimmed with cretonne and applique!
And the baby’s rompers with stitching blue,
And the blouses for Betty and John –
With the ducks on the pockets and ’round the hems –
Shall I ever get them done?

For the dishes and pails must first be washed,
And the chickens watered and fed.
And the little ones set at some childish play,
While I bathe and dress baby Ted.
There are sweeping and dusting and beds to do,
And dinner to plan once more,
While the basket of clothes all ready to iron
Must wait till these tasks are o’er.

And then, when the sun is sliding west,
There are lamps and plants to tend.
And the baby to cuddle and feed again,
And the stockings and socks to mend.
But as soon as the supper-hour is past,
And the bedtime-story read,
And dear little white-clad forms have knelt
At my knees while wee prayers are said,

Then the house is still: and I think at last
Here’s the time I have longed for so
But my eyes grow heavy – I cannot see,
And my weary head droops low,
So I fold my work and climb the stair,
Yet deep in my heart I know
That I’ve spent my day in a worthwhile way,
Though I couldn’t sit down and sew!

Vintage Valentine’s Day Poem and Roses

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Vintage Pink White Red Roses Clip Art

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy this sweet poem from 1924.

A Belated Valentine
by Ella W. Ricker

Against the somber heavens
   The trees stretch bare and brown;
The uplands gleam before me
   Decked with an icy crown.
No hint of springtime beauty
   Nor summer’s grace I find —

Yet still, beneath the snowdrifts,
   The sap mounts up with power,
And underground is stirring
   The life of many a flower,
Soon shall the sunbeams’ kisses —
   O miracle of old! —
Awake the fairest blossoms
   Of meadow and of wold.

My locks, O friend beloved!
   Are whitened with time’s snows;
My face is seamed with contests
   And saddened with life’s woes.
Yet underneath is surging
   The fiery blood of youth —
There beats in steady rhythm
   A heart of changeless truth.

Let but thy smile illumine
   The winter of my heart,
Love’s fair and radiant blossoms
   To instant bloom would start;
High in the cloudless heavens
   A quenchless sun would shine,
If thou, through coming seasons,
   Wilt be my valentine.

Counterpane Knitting Shell Pattern – Fan Freebie Friday

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Welcome to today’s VTNS Fan Freebie Friday! As Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers we love to share all kinds of vintage craft patterns with our Facebook Fans.

We asked the question, “What is similar to a quilt but made of yarn?”

This is the answer, a Counterpane. The dictionary defines it as a quilt or coverlet for a bed; bedspread.

Counterpane Knitted Bedspread

This image is a Fan Design knitted bedspread.

This technique takes separately knitted blocks that are sewn together to form panels. The pattern ends up looking similar to a patchwork quilt.

These patterns are popular, because you can work on each block by itself. They are easy to take with you on the go and after you’ve finished the amount of blocks you need, just sew them together to finish your project.

The nice thing about counterpane knitting is, depending on how much time you have, you can decide to make a dishcloth with one, a pillow with four,  knit a dozen for a lap afghan or knit a lot and make a bedspread. Totally versatile and up to you.

Counterpane Knitting pattern Dahlia Design

 

Some of the vintage designs are so intricate and beautiful they look like a Matelasse bed cover. This Dahlia Design uses triangles sewn together to make a beautiful floral design.

 

 

*** I’ve made an addition to this blog post ———-

I’ve added the pattern for the Dahlia Design counterpane knitted bedspread.  It was originally meant to be just an example, but I noticed that there was quite a bit of interest in it. After some digging, I found the actual pattern for it in my files, so I’ve scanned it and added it below.

Vintage Crafts and More - Counterpane Knitting Pattern Dahlia Design Instructions 1

Vintage Crafts and More - Counterpane Knitting Pattern Dahlia Design 2

 

It’s also in a PDF file you can download for later below.

Counterpane Knitting Pattern Dahlia Design PDF

 

If you get stumped on how to sew them together, check out Knit Simple magazine’s Beginner Basics on Seaming.

This particular shell counterpane pattern is popular. I found this site on the internet where the knitter has graciously interpreted the original 1860 instructions into an easier to follow format.

I have rewritten the original pattern in pdf format. You’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer.  Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Knitted Counterpane Shell Pattern

Knitted Counterpane Pattern Illustration

 

 

 

 

I almost forgot the great poem by Robert Louis Stevenson:

The Land of Counterpane
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.

Enjoy!