Tatted Medallion Pattern Snowflake Ornament and 1920’s Dress Design

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

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This tatting pattern is from an article in The American Needlewoman magazine dated April 1924.

The medallion has four rings in the center and eight all around with picots on the outside edge. To me this could easily be a snowflake ornament once stiffened.

 

 

 

Here’s the scanned page of instructions:

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To Download the Pattern Page: Right-Click the image 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 do decide to use this tatting pattern as a snowflake ornament, be sure to read this post on how to stiffen crocheted items, Decorate for Thanksgiving with a Horn of Plenty Crochet Pattern.

On the other side of the page of tatting instructions was an advertisement for mail order sewing patterns. These illustrations give you a glimpse into dress designs in 1924. The descriptions of the dresses are just as interesting and the patterns were only 12¢ each!

The American Needlewoman Magazine Pattern Page - Vintage Crafts and More

The American Needlewoman Magazine Pattern Page Descriptions - Vintage Crafts and More


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Vintage Thread Crochet Pattern Snowflake Star Ornament

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS Fan Freebie!

This pretty star snowflake is actually a motif for a Supper Cloth or Buffet Topper, but when I saw it in my 1940s Lily booklet for Easy to Crochet Table Cloths and Runners, all I could think of was this would make a great crochet thread ornament.

See what I mean….

Vintage Crafts and More - Crochet Ornament Pattern Blazing Star Snowflake

Of course, if you’d like to you can join several together to make a pretty doily or runner. The instructions are included to do that.

In order to use it as an ornament you’ll need to stiffen it. There are several ways to do this I’ll go over below, but you must know how to block your ornament too.

Blocking is simply slightly stretching it out, pinning it down on a soft cloth and steaming it with a hot iron with a wet cloth over it. Once it’s flat you can then put a dry cloth over it and iron until it is dry.

While blocking, spritz it with spray laundry starch, that will help the blocking to hold. By blocking and stiffening your ornament the delicate arms of the snowflake won’t droop.

CROCHET SNOWFLAKE STIFFENERS

 
If you’d like to use fine glitter to make your snowflake sparkle, a glue stiffener would do and if you add some beads, you’ll have to use a strong stiffener so it won’t flop from the weight of the beads.

WHITE GLUE

 
A solution of Elmer’s or any white glue thinned with water about 50/50 is good to use if you’d like to add glitter. Lay the solution in a plastic container with a flat bottom or on a paper plate. Dip the snowflake in, let it soak just a bit, and then gently squeeze out the excess solution with your hands without wringing or twisting. Messy but fun! Lightly sprinkle with your choice of glitter, then block.

The glue is not the best for a non-glittery snowflake, since it dulls the threads sheen. If you’re not using glitter on your ornament, starch is a better stiffener.

There are several videos on YouTube that show you how to stiffen your crochet snowflakes. This 2 minute video on How to Stiffen a Crochet Snowflake by The Crochet Geek explains using the glue method.

STARCH

 
If you’d like to decorate your snowflakes with beads, or have used metallic threads, you’ll want to stiffen them with starch. The cornstarch in your cupboard will work. Mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water on the stove until it becomes thick and transparent. It’s best not to do this in the microwave because it can make a big mess. The cornstarch mixture is very hot and will stick to your skin easily making for a bad burn, so be very careful.

Let the solution cool slightly. Dip your snowflakes and let them soak up the solution, next blot them off with a paper towel as you shape them.

The leftovers of this solution can be kept in the fridge for about a week, just make sure you mark it well, so others in the family don’t think it’s something to eat! A deli container with a top would work well.

SUGAR WATER STIFFENER

 
This stiffener is tried and true, but beware, pets will be attracted to the sugary treat and may eat your snowflake, which would cause a trip to the Vet. Unless you have the most obedient pet ever, you may want to skip this one.

The sugar stiffener is made up of 2 parts sugar and 1 part water heated and stirred often in a saucepan on the stove. It’s best not to do this in the microwave. Boil just until all the sugar has dissolved, then let it cool. This solution can cause awful burns so be very careful when making and using it.

Once cooled, follow the same instructions for stiffening as above for Starch.

EPSOM SALTS

 
Epsom salt can be used as a stiffener, similar to the sugar stiffening without the enticement to hungry pets. It’s also supposed to make your ornament sparkly, like the sugar solution.

To make this stiffener use equal parts Epsom salts and water. Heat the water to boiling, then add the Epsom salts until dissolved. Cool, dip your snowflakes and shape. They will dry quickly.

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These are just a few of the many ways you can stiffen your ornaments. There are several commercial brand stiffeners on the market too that you can find at the nearest hobby store.

Always use rust proof pins when laying your ornament out to dry. To avoid using pins for a long period of time, that may cause rust, a hair blow dryer can be used to speed up the drying time.

The Star Motif uses Mercerized Crochet Cotton in size 20 and a size 9 crochet hook. Here’s the pretty crochet pattern:

Blazing Star Snowflake Crochet Pattern PDF

I’ve also included a page of Crochet Stitches and a Chart of Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks for Different Sizes of Thread that was in the booklet.

Crochet Stitches and How to Make Them

These 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.

If you have crocheted any ornaments for your tree that you’d like to share, please be sure to join us on the VTNS Facebook Fanpage, we’d love to see your work.

Enjoy!

Vintage Crochet Pattern Lace Valentine Bedspread

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Welcome to the VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Facebook Fanpage Fan Freebie Friday. Today we are sharing a beautiful lacy bedspread vintage crochet pattern.  The design reminds me of the gingerbread lattice on a the porch of a Victorian Era home.

Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern Motif
A great pattern for lace lovers.  It’s called “Lace Valentine” and graces the cover of a publication from Lily Crochet Cotton called Crocheted Bedspreads. This pattern booklet is not dated but I’d guess it’s from the 1940s.

Each block measures about 5¼ inches square when blocked and requires 45 yards. Lily’s Skytone Mercerized Crochet Cotton is called for, but no longer available.  Mercerized thread undergoes a process to make it stronger and give it a luster.  There are many suitable crochet cottons for bedspreads available now that you could substitute.  Just make sure the mercerized cotton thread you choose matches the size of the motif when finished, 5¼ inches square.

The Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks chart below will help in finding a substitute for the Sky-Tone cotton thread.   You’ll notice that the same size crochet hooks are suggested for the Size 10 cotton and the Sky-Tone Size 1, but still check the finished motif’s measurements.

Chart of Correct Sizes of Crochet Hooks for Different Sizes of Thread
Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern

 

Even though this is described as a bedspread pattern each of the pretty motifs are crocheted  individually and then joined together.  So you could make a pillow, tablecloth or any size bedspread out of this pattern.  It would just depend on the amount of lacy blocks you crocheted and how you join them together.

When you look at the pattern instructions you’ll notice that it requires you to crochet “Clusters” which are explained in the book:

 

 

 

CLUSTER – This consists of 2 or more dc, tr, dtr, or tr tr, gathered together at top into a tight group. Hold the last loop of each st on hook, then thread over and draw thru all loops on hook at once, pulling tight. Stitches can be made thru either both loops of stitches of previous row or thru the back loops only. If not specified, take up both loops.

I’ve also included the complete Terms and Explanation of Stitches page from the booklet.

Lace Valentine Bedspread Crochet Pattern Terms

Looking at the design for this pattern, if you leave off the Clusters on each corner, I see a really pretty Snowflake Ornament. You could make several in white and stiffen them (find Crochet Snowflake Stiffeners and instructions in this post).

They would be a pretty decorations for your tree, as a tag on a package, or garland hung around your home.  This is really a versatile crochet pattern.

The PDF file for the pattern is below:

Lace Valentine Bedspread Design

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 below and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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