Inspired by vintage

I’ve been really lacking in inspiration this week, hence the lack of posts – everything has seemed like a bit TOO much effort. But today I have been much cheered – meeting a friend’s lovely new baby, receiving a gorgeous swap parcel from Sew Tara (more of which next week), and have been putting together the final details of a joint project with The Felted Rainbow, for the early summer (it’s going to be fun!).

Whenever I’m feeling as spectacularly grumpy as I have this week, I find it very soothing to leaf through some of my vintage craft books – concentrating on the ideas rather than the making for a little while. Here are some of the things that got me thinking good thoughts…

dress

A cute summer dress & crochet hat… and I really love the tights, but definitely don’t have the legs to try this one.

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romper

Rompers! See legs comment above when it comes to the likelihood of ever seeing me in rompers – but these ARE really cute.  And clearly, groovy girls don’t do lunch, they go fishing…

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hat

Cute macrame hat. I can’t do macrame (and now is not the time to learn something new!), but I’m sure that this shape is re-creatable in crochet.

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work bag

I like the simple shape of this work bag, and the pretty embroidery too. I’m envisaging it on some greyish linen, with some red embroidery perhaps.

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caterpillar

This patchwork caterpillar is really cool – the little patchwork balls are held together with poppers/press studs, and I love the fabrics.

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bird

I really love this funky applique bird – I’ve seen similar designs recently in Scandinavian-inspired sewing books – maybe it would look good on a skirt, a needlebook or a tote bag.

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village

This English village scene in applique and embroidery is just so sweet – I really like the combination of machine and hand embroidery.

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cushion

Not sure about this pillow – like the design, but not the colours – but this photo is fab-u-lous – sunny day, garden bench, shades, cocktail, comfy cushion, copy of Vogue (although would probably prefer Selvedge and a less pink drink) – yesss!

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The books I’ve taken these pictures from are Joan Fisher’s Guide to Needlecraft and Needlecraft (WI Home Skills Series). I’ll be back tomorrow with hot cross buns (and possibly jam)…

5 thoughts on “Inspired by vintage

  1. Although like you I have my doubts about the length, that first dress is so cute! I love browsing vintage books – my local charity shop keeps the particularly naff ones for me 🙂

  2. I love the idea of the village scene done in applique and embroidery. It makes me think of the book Caps For Sale. I love the village illustrations in the background found in that book. I’ve always thought they would make a marvelous embroidered or appliqued wall hanging.

  3. I also look through vintage craft books to brighten my spirits and the creative muses. These photos are wonderful. I have a very similar bag that I picked up at a thrift shop. I also adore the lavender tights in the first shot, actually I love the entire outfit.

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