Crochet Flower Basket Pattern from Smart Chair Sets Coats and Clark’s Booklet

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Crochet Flower Basket

Spring has sprung and what better way to welcome Spring than with a pretty crochet flower basket pattern. This one comes from a 1954 Coats & Clark’s book titled Smart Chair Sets.

Crochet Flower Basket Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

Even though this is a chair set the pretty flower baskets could be used many other ways. Such as an applique on a blanket or pillow. Just set it on a table as a doily and I’m sure there are more you can think of.

 

Crochet Flower Basket Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

The chair back flower basket measures 11 x 17 inches and each arm piece measures 7 x 11 inches. Pretty good size.

Basket Towel Applique Set

Flower Basket Photo by polychrome on Flickr

 

Another smaller and quicker option but just as pretty is this crochet flower basket pattern for appliqueing on towels. It’s from a 1950’s Spool Cotton Company booklet.

You’ll find it for free on the Ravelry website, a community of crafters that share projects, patterns and ideas.

 

 

 

 

What thread should I use?

The J & P Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen thread Article A64 is a 4-ply 100% mercerized Size 10 cotton. You can find vintage Knit-Cro-Sheen crochet thread for sale on ebay. Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Classic 10 would be a suitable substitute.

 

Pattern PDF file download

The PDF file is one page.

Basket of Flowers Crochet Pattern PDF

The pattern is in PDF format so to read 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.

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Free Crochet Bag Pattern to Hold Your Knitting A Crocheted Knitting Bag

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Today’s crochet bag pattern freebie could be an oxymoron. A Crocheted Knitting Bag. Many times those of us that crochet also knit. So this bag would make sense. Some like one craft more than the other. Which do you prefer? Or do you like both.

 

Crochet Bag Pattern - Vintage Crafts and More

 

This pattern is from an American Thread Company Star Book titled Crocheted Fashions. The crocheted bag uses Heavy Crochet Mercerized Cotton in Forest Green and White.

Vintage Thread

This vintage thread is similar to a Size 5 crochet thread. The balls contained 100 yards. Use a No. 4 steel crochet hook, but since no gauge is given, you’ll have to experiment. Knitting sticks or handles complete the top of the crochet bag.

 

Star Fast Heavy Crochet Cotton Crochet Bag Pattern

 

 

 

This is a picture of the American Thread Company “Star” Fast Heavy Crochet Mercerized Cotton from the booklet.

 

 

 

 

 


I did a search on Amazon and came up with DMC Petra Crochet Cotton Size 5. It looks similar.

 

 

Make sure to read the shipping times carefully on these threads. A couple of them I noticed say “usually ships in 1 to 3 months.” I don’t know about you, but I want my thread a lot sooner than that.

PDF File to Download

The full pattern and crochet abbreviations are in the one page PDF file below.

Crocheted Knitting Bag Pattern

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Jacobean Embroidery Leaf Design

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February is National Embroidery Month and to celebrate I wanted to share this wonderful Jacobean Embroidery design from a 1913 book of plates.

Jacobean Embroidery Design - Vintage Crafts and More

What is Jacobean Embroidery?

Jacobean embroidery is actually a style of embroidery rather than a technique. Many of the colorful and ornate designs feature animals, birds and plants. The embroidery style got it’s name from James I of England which in Latin is Jacobus because during his reign in the 17th century this type of decor was very popular.

Jacobean Embroidery Clothing

By William Larkin – Public Domain

 

Just think of the beautifully embroidered clothing of men and women in the 1600s, like this embroidered gown dated between 1614 and 1618.

Some of the stitches you’d use to embroidery a Jacobean design are the buttonhole, chain, stem, herringbone and a couched stitch where one stitch is tied down with another.

Another similar embroidery type is Crewel Work which uses some of the same stitches and wool thread.  Jacobean embroidery differs in that it isn’t confined to using only wool but can use many types of threads.

 

 

 

The British colonists brought this style of embroidery to America where it continued to grow for years.

In the 1890’s the Deerfield embroidery movement helped revive art needlework and the Jacobean style.

This blue on white embroidery work was introduced by Margaret Whiting and Ellen Miller who promoted it through the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework. It’s associated with the town of Deerfield, Massachusetts.

PDF file of the design

The PDF file below includes a paragraph explaining the different colors and stitches used to fill in the design.

Jacobean Embroidery Leaf Design

Since the pattern is in PDF format you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer to read it. 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.

 

Link to the book of Jacobean Embroidery designs

If you’d like to see the book this design came from in it’s entirety, Jacobean Embroidery: It’s Forms and Fillings it’s available on Project Gutenberg as a free eBook. It’s a wonderful resource to use for Jacobean embroidery designs.

 

For more on Jacobean Embroidery

I enjoyed this article on Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread site. She also has used this design and goes into more detail about Jacobean Embroidery being a style rather than a technique.

Also I picked out some books on Jacobean and Deerfield Embroidery. The prices shown seem to be the most expensive. There are usually more than one available so when you click on it you’ll find there are cheaper versions of the book:


 

Need a refresher on embroidery stitches?

These two pages of descriptions and illustrations of embroidery stitches will help.

Vintage Crafts and More Embroidery Stitches How ToVintage Crafts and More Embroidery Stitches How To 2If 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.

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