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Vintage craft book love

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.

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:

embroidered rainbow clutch bag

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!

giant baby blanket

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.

oriental kites

I love kites, what can I say? I also like the kids outfits!

Patchwork blouse

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!

tatted lampshade

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.

thread wall decorations

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.

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  • julia 11 December 2009, 1:16 pm

    Yay! I'm so glad you like the book…it's so much better than it sitting on my shelf, ignored. J x

  • Diana 12 December 2009, 6:55 am

    It looks great! It makes me want to go out to thrift shops and scour the book shelf!

  • Madeleine Labitan 15 November 2013, 8:17 am

    Sounds like a good book. I’m looking for vintage craft designs for my room.
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