At last weeks etsy sellers craft night Julia of materialised brought in some old craft books that she was getting rid of, and I jumped on this one – Golden Hands Complete Crafts.
Its from the 1970s and has wonderful retro styling, I completely love it! project range from the simple (potato printing) to the fantastically elaborate (a giant handstitched rug). Some of the projects are a bit weird (a misshapen paper mache cat anyone? or how about a bouquet of dried flowers that basically just looks like the flowers have been left to die?) but for the most part they are complete aceness. I’ve picked a few of my favourites:
Words can not describe how in love I am with this rainbow coloured embroidered clutch. And I am not a cluth person at all. I am so tempted to leave the knitting to one side and learn a new craft so I can make myself one. It would just go so so well with my blocky coloured outfits!
This baby blanket makes me feel so nostagic. My granny made me and my sister a similar one each (minus the tassles). It’s falling pieces in my room in Luxembourg but I may have to bring it over and fix it.
I love kites, what can I say? I also like the kids outfits!
This patchwork blouse is another thing I wish I has the patience to teach myself to make. It says it’s easy but it looks complicated!
This one I picked mainly because of the retroness of the picture – matching tablecloth and wallpaper, yeah! The craft is tatting, which I had never heard of before but sounds like a form of crochet but in circular shapes.
I used to make these kinds of wall decorations made from wool when I was little. I can’t remember what they were called, but I seem to remember they were supposed to have some sort of Native American connection.