Friday, August 4, 2017

From the Archives: Crochet and Tatting Heirloom

old patterns
Every once in a while I like to search through the online archives which provides rare, out of print material free of charge online. If you haven't heard of, it is

"Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more."
 You can find some really fascinating gems. I like to think of it as my diamonds in the rough. From the site you can download the pattern book in whatever format you would like to use. To give you an idea, some of the formats that the Archive site supports are pdf, ebook, and kindle. Of course feel free to browse through it online prior to downloading to see if it may be an item of interest to you. I highly suggest you give it a try.

Today's "from the archives" is Star Book No. 66, Crochet and Tatting: Heirloom Tradition printed back in 1949 by the American Thread Company. There are some great ol' patterns in it that are worth trying. It is hard to believe that these would be patterns that my grandma would probably do back in the day.

I am going to show images for four of the crochet patterns.


Here are three patterns from the book that I absolutely love. Don't they look so pretty? If you couldn't tell, they are cross bookmarks. A great project to do during Lent which could be given as Easter gifts. A nice confirmation or first communion gift perhaps? I know I would be more than happy to receive one of them.

 Crochet DoilyThe top two in the image to the left are crochet, which I think I will be adding to my ever growing projects list. The image is from the book. The cross bookmark at the bottom was tatted. Looking at its beautiful appearance makes me wish I knew how to tat. Maybe I will be able to find somebody to teach me. In the mean while, I continue to crochet up a storm.


Of course, what heirloom book wouldn't be complete without at least one doily pattern?

Well, this book has two crochet doily patterns. That's right, two! They are featured in the image to the left.

I might have to give these patterns a try and report back on my progress in another post. They would certainly make great heirlooms.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

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