Friday, 25 May 2012

1950s Vintage Knitting Patterns

Over the last few weeks we have added many vintage knitting patterns and out of print knitting patterns for women and the rest of the family. Amongst those patterns are some original 1950s vintage pattern booklets to knit.

This knitting pattern has some very nice cardigan and jackets for women to knit. Fabulous 1950s style clothing that would not look odd if worn today with modern clothing or go for the whole fifties feminine look.

There are two booklets that have sweaters to make in the one above.

This one sweater is on the back. Some of the patterns are in black and white, not colour as with today. We had just started to get back on our feet following the long war years that had made things very difficult for the UK. But we still had rationing until the mid 1950s and things were still very much in short supply.

But there are the odd ones that are in colour. Enjoy owning and making these great knit, no one else will have the same on and accessorize them with real 1950s vintage jewellery to be even more unique.

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Gothic picture frame make over

For months I have had a large poster of a dragon and cross from Anne Stokes. I just love her work and have this poster, calender and some cards. But the poster needed a frame and the only one I could find was a plain light pine one that fitted.

So I jazzed it up with paper mache and a few discarded toys.

Had to stand at the bottom of the stairs to take this as its so large.

  It took 3 layers of tissue cut and pasted on to give a crinkled effect. Once dry I painted it in silver, this took a couple of coats. then a light sponging with a gold paint to finish.

My son had emptied his cupboards and thrown away all the left over toys he had when young. A rubber skeleton and plastic shrunken head were amongst the. So I rescued them, cut them up and added them to the frame with a layer of paper tissue mache. This was after the whole frame had been covered with the two layers of tissue.

The rubber skull head cut to a mask shape, glued on first and then mached over.

The rubber spine at the one side.

A couple of bone legs at the top. The arms are on the other corner but couldn't photograph that without falling down stairs. lol

Lastly the ribs on one side of the frame.

Now looking for a suitable frame to jazz up for a few cards.

Easter CQ block complete

Behind by two months I have managed to catch up with my April 2012 block, sewn by crazy quilting standards.
Of course April was Easter, so I had to have a themed quilt block!

Bunnies and chickens had to be added. Three orange chick are singing in this month where I can get outside and garden in peace.

Don't have rabbits in our garden - only big fat pigeons that love the flowers on our  cherry tree. Taken to going out and frightening them away as they tuck into the pretty white flowers.Just really want a few cherries later this year lol.

A little faint but there is reference on a piece for my husbands 51st birthday in April.  This is of course mostly a memory quilt block.

In the middle is a black spiral - representative of the depression that one of my family has suffered from, this month and the brick walls with high barriers that the NHS put up when we tried to get him treatment. Not a happy time for this family. Very stressful and unbelievably the service that should have treated him; had a couldn't be bothered attitude and go elsewhere. So in my time honored reaction I complained and will keep doing so until the attitudes and stigmatization changes.

Solihull has no Aspergers and autism services. So here's my box with these people left to fend for themselves. Unfortunately Aspergers Syndrome and people on the autistic spectrum are put into the mental health category by the NHS. But the Solihull mental health services are not providing for these people. I can not tell you how angry this makes me.  

The tree of life - it should be available for all.....................


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Crazy Quilt Block for March 2012

Well I didn't meet the deadline for the 3 blocks submitted by April as my third block - this one was delayed due to an ongoing health problem with one of my children. But I did manage to complete and are well on the way with April's block, just slightly delayed. Hopefully I should catch up this months.

 For March's block. I decided to stick with just a few colours and a mainly white background. Most of the embroidery is done in metallic thread.

I added some ribbon, so was not so flat. Embroidered mostly bright flowers and colorful edging as this month was exceptionally sunny and I started on the garden early.

Now in all I have 4 blocks completed and another one almost half finished. Quite pleased with myself to have sewn so much recently.

Hopefully soon my child will receive the treatment that he should have had months ago. I am really fed up of writing letters of complaint. The NHS has really gone down hill. This was what was planned all along - get rid of the NHS and have private services in for those that can pay. Those that can not, well .................tough!!