Crazy And Not So Crazy Craft Patterns XV

There is a bit of a nip of fall in the mornings around here. The wind has blown for two days and for the first time in a couple of months we can see the mountains without the smoke from the California wildfires. Now if we would just get some moisture, I would be one happy autumn lady. I love this time of year, even though I know winter is coming. I love crunchy leaves and Halloween and that is just around the corner!

I decided it was time to clear out the pile of craft pamphlets that have been stacking up in the craft space waiting to be shared, or filed under crazy. Of course, there is still a pile of Christmas ones waiting in the wings, but that is a post for another day. I was at a garage sale last summer and found an entire box of old patterns that the lady was giving away. They were her mother-in-law’s, and I think she just couldn’t bear to toss them, so she was happy to have someone haul them off. Well, lucky for you I did, or you would have missed most of these funky little gems.

I will start off with a couple that weren’t in the lot, Funny after all that buildup, I know. I spotted this little box at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago:

I figured the “Dainty Dutch Luncheon” was long gone (and it must have been darn dainty because the box was only about 6 inches by 4 inches!) It was taped shut pretty well, but I pried it open enough to see some beaded fabric, so I plunked down the quarter they were asking. I know, I know, so spendy. When I got it home I undid more tape, while giggling at the list of “novelties” on the side.

Since when are ham and bacon novelties? Must have been some company to have all that, plus a Dainty Dutch Luncheon. Anyway, I digress. Here is what I found in the box:

I am not sure what the beaded fabric was for, probably a purse, but they never finished it. The hanks of beads are the tiniest little things you have ever seen. I get a headache just looking at them on the hanks. The little gold-colored hank in the middle are French cut brass beads. Pretty cool stuff. Wonder how long they have sat in that box? I will set them aside and keep them for repairs on vintage items, so they will go to good use eventually.

I also picked up this antique Needlecraft Magazine from 1915:

I love looking at these. Many of the patterns could still be easily done, if you are that sort, and I sometimes am.

There are instructions for all the lace insertions, and you could send away for the iron-on patterns for the embroidery projects. They also had a nice fiction story that took up several pages; I must read it some time and let you know if it is any good! I also liked the fashion section:

Can you imagine how freeing these fashions must have been after years and years of corsets? Must have felt amazing to be able to move! The magazine was only about a dozen pages, but you sure got your money’s worth!

OK, on to the crazy part. First up, for those of us that are children of the ’70s or specifically 1976:

Ah, the Bicentennial in all its glory. This was put out by Dennisen, our favorite craft paper folks, so I am not sure I would trust those sparklers on a paper decorated cake, but oh well. The illustrations inside were fun:

While they look great on paper, not sure how well the kite would fly. The fair booth is fun, but do you really need instructions? Not sure you need instructions for these next items either, but it makes for cute pix:

The ribbons on the dog’s tail are a nice touch, but short of hot gluing them in place, I think it would be a lost cause.

These next few are single-sheet folded freebies, that probably came from a craft store, or the craft section of a department store. First up, the ever-popular Felt

There are some real lulus in here. Specifically check out the rocking horse in the top right corner:

I dare anyone to really make that look like anything except a recycling mistake. Heck, you notice they didn’t even try to make a real one. This was slapped together by the art department just to get something on the floor to make some poor housewife spend her egg money on felt.

If felt is not your bag, let’s try foam:

I am not sure what the difference between art foam and fashion foam is, but I am sure it was VERY important. Here is a sampling of foam items:

You know I had to include this just to torture Deb with the foam poodle bottle cover. I do hope that foam came in pink. There are also instructions for the hanger pictured on the back of the folder. When you find anything made of this stuff, and it does show up, now and then, it is mostly disintegrating right before your eyes. It is good that it had a half life. I will give them props for the pin wheel flowers. Make those out of pretty paper and they would be charming on a gift, so it wasn’t all bad.

I include this one as a public service, because how terrible would it be to lose the art of making sequined fruit forever, so here it is preserved on the internet:

How sad that we can no longer get fruit-shaped Styrofoam. You could never go wrong with a good glittery banana. The basic instructions, just in case you ever find some forms:

This one might be my favorite though:

Oh, it gets better and better:

Honestly these are so dang silly and cute, I really want to make some. I want them to be tiny, so they would be cute dangly earrings or something equally as crazy. When they go and make jewelry on purpose, they are not half so fun:

While finding out that inside is a cork, would make you wonder, the look is just about sequined fruity, and not as cute as the faces. On a side note, you CAN get round ball corks, so we may be in luck!

I will end on a slightly more serious note:

This booklet was put out by the US Department of Commerce in 1939. The current goal of the Department according to their web site is: “The mission of the Department of Commerce is “to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.”  Nowadays they put out booklets on importing and small business, but back then, I suppose anything that folks could do to earn a little money would be helpful, so they did things like this. I love the illustrations for the projects. Many retain an Arts and Crafts style feel:

You can see that in the tree style for the plaques on the right, but I wanted to share the hats on the left! I think these were supposed to be fashion hats, but in a pinch, they look like they would be great for that pickup football game at the park. Don’t they look just like the early ones?

This page really does have some good information. You can use many of these same stitches in other types of crafts, so I will include this here, as helpful and not so crazy:

Who knew there were that many ways to lace leather?

Hope you enjoyed this installment in our ongoing series. If you need any more info on any of these, please feel free to ask. Also, feel free to download any of the pages you want, and if you make cork jewelry or sequined fruit, I want to know!

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