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Todays Treasure Pattern Talk

A Quite Popular Mail Order Crochet Rug Pattern

  • Mar 9 2017
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Most days I randomly pull two of the 'pending' mail order patterns to process for the shop. One of the two today was .....

The American Weekly 3142. Well, I immediately knew that I've processed this pattern before. In fact 'a couple times before'.

Same rug, same presentation; only the names (and numbers) have changed.

Why does this happen? Well, I'd venture to say ... because it was a popular pattern with many sales. Laura Wheeler and Alice Brooks were owned by the same company -- Needlecraft Services. Now, I'm not sure which came first, but the company issued the rug pattern as Laura Wheeler 579, and then again as Alice Brooks 7323. It was then again issued simply as Design 7323 .... also the same company. The American Weekly did not create any original patterns; they purchased their patterns from Needlework Services. And, as this pattern was apparently quite popular, it makes sense they would want to market it as well.

And there you have it .... the same pattern marketed under four different names and numbers. I have (purchased and) entered all four of these patterns individually in my shop. At first, when I started finding pattern repeats in the Design series patterns I though about just listing one. But then, I realized that customers searching for a specific pattern by number would not know all the options. And thus ... this pattern is in my shop four times.

And there you go .... tonight's trivia. Thanks for dropping by,


Dream Doily, Not the Sara Doily Rug Pattern!

  • Feb 26 2017
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Over the last couple days, I've had two individuals lodge complaints that I've unethically copied the Sara Doily Rug Pattern from Hennas Boutique. In these two cases, one purchased this pattern from this shop, while the second purchased from my Artfire shop. Well, I want to clarify, in case there are others thinking the same .....

This is the Dream Doily Rug. It is a public domain pattern that comes from Coats and Clark's Book 184 - Rug Yarn Bazaar from 1968. I've had this pattern in my shop for the last 5 years.

Crochet Doily Rug Pattern - "SARA" 37 inch rug - PDF

This is the Sara Doily Rug, an original design of Henna's Boutique. It does appear quite similar to Coats & Clark's Dream Doily pattern, however, I have not purchased the Sara Doily Rug, so I cannot say where the differences may be.

I do, however, want to say that the Dream Doily Rug in my shop is NOT a copy of the SARA Doily Rug, and if you are wanting to purchase the Sara Doily Rug, please follow the above link. I am not going to refund purchases because it is not the Sara Doily Rug.

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Alice Brooks 1950 Designs Catalog

  • Feb 13 2017
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Alice Brooks was one of the bigger names in the Mail Order business. She was hand-in-hand with Laura Wheeler, and far ahead of the others' like Anne Cabot. Each year, starting in the late 1940's, Alice Brooks put out a catalog that was a promotion of their patterns. The books included sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting and embroidery. These patterns were those introduced in the current year, as well as those that were popular in the previous year (or two). When a reader mailed in to the newspaper for a pattern, they could also, for the appropriate charge, receive a copy of the current catalog.

I just finished processing the Alice Brooks 1950 catalog, and thought I'd share a couple pages with you.

The inside cover gets a great description of needlework designs for this time period.

This issue also showcased a number of bags and clutch bags. The pillbox in particular was a hot items in the early 1950's. Notice the doily ... it has a peacock center!

And crocheted chair sets were raging in popularity.

Along with, of course, children outfits.

I purchase these books whenever I come across them. Someday (not soon), I'm going to to through them to compare against the patterns that I have to see how many I'm missing. I'm sure it's a lot.

I've entered the entire album over at Facebook if you'd like to look through it.

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Pennsylvania Yarn Co, Chef Extraordinaire

  • Jan 29 2017
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As I process the various pattern magazines, I always enjoying looking at, and sharing, the vintage advertisements. Frequently, the advertisements lead me to wonder about the company, product, etc. As in this case ... Pennsylvania Yarn Company and the Chef Extraordinaire; an advertisement featured in the Fall 1962 issue of McCalls Needlecraft.

Here's the advertisement ... and it's a quite adorable bottle cover. It's a complete kit, crocheted in 100% Virgin Wool, all for $2.25 prepaid. And, just in case you want to make multiples for gifts -- 3 for $6.00.

But what about Pennsylvania Yarn Co.? I performed a number of Google searches, (you know, Google knows everything!), and found absolutely nothing about them. I did find the address ... 707 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

It's a three story walk about that is now a combination of art gallery on the bottom and walk-up apartments. Definitely not a Woolen Mill. A property search shows it was turned over to non-profit art gallery status in 1991. And, that's the end of the trail.

I'd guess that Pennsylvania Yarn Co. probably operated out of one of the walk-up apartments and did ... well, at least patterns.

Now, guess I'd better get back to work.

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American Thread Crochet Pattern Leaflets AM & AASQ

  • Jan 19 2017
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I learn a little more each week as I work my way through these vintage crochet and knitting patterns. I'm currently working on McCalls Needwork and Crafts Magazine (1962) and came across the American Thread advertisement.

I have quite a number of American Thread leaflets in my collection. Frequently these patterns are an excerpt of a pattern from one of American Thread's books; presumably issued as a Book Promotion. But in looking at this advertisement, I see that there is no pattern book referenced, just two separate leaflets that are Mail Away offers.

Leaflet AASQ for cardigans and a skirt, and Leaflet AM for three block motifs skirts.

One just had to clip out the pattern offer and mail away with 15 cents (apiece). Now, this was still an American Thread promotion in part ... a promotion for their Dawn Knitting Worsted.

And there .... learn something new everyday. Thanks for dropping by,


Crocheted Bangle Bead Patterns

  • Jan 18 2017
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Over time, the innocent bangle bead has been known be different names .... the Paillette, Spangle, Diamantes. A bangle is basically a sequin, produced in different sizes with the attachment hole on an edge, versus in the middle. In earlier times they were made of thin metals, but when the wide introduction of plastics into the market in the early 1960s, new possibilities were found. Here came the irridiscent colors and a whole realm of pizzazz! Pair this up with the funky wild styles of the 1960's, and well .... you know the rest.

This advertisement, in addition to the bangles, was an offer to a pattern book featuring bangle bead hats. I do not have this particular book, however, I have the one issued previously.

The patterns are pretty much the same, just the numbers and pictured have changed.

Now, dangle beads can be added to most any hat, or other garment. Crocheting them in is particularly effect when working in loop stitch, or, of course, the old fashioned way ... sew them on.

Like this jacket .... imagine the sparkle in evening light.

The 1960's brought out the whimsical in the dangle paillette, however, there's elegant in there as well.

Have you used dangles?

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Pineapple Doily Patterns, a Category of their Own

  • Jan 11 2017
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I was browsing around in the Doilies category looking for a specific pattern, when it dawned on me that there were 34 pages (18 patterns per page). Now, that's quite a bit to weed through when looking for something specific. Which got me to thinking that it might also be quite a chore for the customer. So, it called for breaking the patterns into two categories. It didn't take long to decide the dividing point would be pineapples. There are a Huge number of Pineapple Doilies.

How many ... well, at this point in time, 395. There quite a bit of variety going on:

Some are quite simple, like this pretty doily from Lily Mills.

And some are downright elegant - Thank you Anne Cabot

And you might classify a few as discrete.

A few are ruffled, double and single, not to mention square as well as is this pattern from Spool Cotton.

Not many, but there's a couple that you could call colorful. Of course, with planning, any doily could be crocheted 'colorful'.

Well, I could go on and one here. You know, large, medium, small, scalloped, etc. etc. etc., but I'm sure you've got the point.

So, if you are looking for a specific Pineapple Doily, or just love to look at these gems, feel free to drop by the new category ..

Doilies - Pineapple

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Afghan Knitting Patterns with Leaf Motif

  • Jan 5 2017
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Most everyone loves an afghan on the couch and or bed. It's a piece of comfort just waiting to be called upon. Wrapped around our shoulders, or feet; it is warm and soothing. I have a fair number of knitted afghans in the shop, but I think of all of them, I like the ones with the leaf motif the best. Whether plain or complex, there is just something so organic about the leaf that calls to me. Let me share a couple of my favorites with you.

Nantucket Afghan from Spinnerin: This design is also one of the shops favorite. The thick texture and diamond blocks are such a pleasing combination.

Leaf Afghan from Columbia Minerva: This design has an understated beauty, knit in contrasting shades with leaf and cable panels.

Laurel Leaf Afghan from Bertrand: This design is a colorful bit of simplicity, knit in three colors in an almost geometric way.

Lattice Leaf Afghan from Coats & Clark's: This beauty is panels of leaves worked in rows that give a lattice type effect. The design is knit in one color and has full lush fringe.

There are a few others, of course, but these are four are definitely my favorite.

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A lot of Crochet with a little Thread

  • Jan 3 2017
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For this post, let's go all the way back to a 1945 issue of Woman's Day magazine. Tucked inside the magazine are four pages of pattern promotions that required the reader to send away for the patterns. Woman's Day did not charge for the Mail Order, other than the reader having to include a 3 cent stamp with the request. I've been lucky to find a couple of these sets in my sleuthing.

These patterns were apparently offered as a Coats & Clark's thread promotion; all requiring Mercerized Crochet Cotton, or Tatting Cotton, etc.

This is the copy of the original magazine pages. I've included parts of the text for the patterns as their descriptions are quite delightful and I thought it may be easier to read than off the picture. Have fun looking at those 1945 "prices to make".

Pattern 1 is a jabot collar

A white froth of a fish-net jabot with buttonholes in the center to button over your favorite blouse, or to wear as a ruff around the neck. The finer the thread, the prettier it is. Cost to make 20 cents. (I've often wondered if these were sewn onto clothing as permanent accessory, or attached by some other method ... if you know, please share).

Pattern 2 offers up three attractive trims. Three lovely laces to add lighthearted touches to any frock. Use one as a prim collar on a tailored dress, or add a crisp touch to a pocket and a demure square neckline. Accentuate the shoulder lines of a summer cotton with a frosty ruffle. And nothing can look quite so romantic as, a spun-sugar frill cascading down the front of your special-occasions dress. This pattern is available in the shop as a Free Download.

Red & Black Bag: Plenty of room for everything in this large shoulder-strap bag with its extra saddle pocket on each side. Cost to make it in red and black rug yarn, $1.50

Red Bag: We think big bags are the most useful kind. This one in bright red rug yarn with zipper closing adds a bright note to your costume. Cost to make, $1.25

6 - A chubby pink yarn sacque and matching bonnet for baby in an interesting new stitch. Cost to crochet in wool, about $1.25

7 - Crochet a little girl's skirt and give it firm anchorage with these practical, wide-shouldered suspenders. This one is in sturdy tan wool, with blue stripes, and the tam o'shanter is designed to match. Cost to make, $1.45

8 - Jaunty is the word for this cap, and a welcome change from those under-the-chin bows. Crochet it loosely in wool, 29 cents

Pattern 3 - Sweater:

We selected the smart, practical sweater shown on the opposite page, hoping that everyone would have yarn remnants on hand in several colors. This one is made in gray, brown and black wool. The style has many useful features—it is boxy and bulky enough to use as a jacket for cool summer weather, or with its drawstring waistline bloused, it is perfect over a wool skirt for fall. The close, interesting stitch resembles hand weaving. Cost to make in new wool, $3.50

9. Light and comfortable, a neat little hat made of spun straw. Cost to make. about 5o cents

10. Crochet a fuchsia hat of spun straw and perch shocking-pink flowers on the top to wear for dress-up occasions all summer. Cost to make, about $1.00

11 Filet Teacloth: You may not find enough thread to make the fillet corners of this sparkling tea cloth, but the rose-wreath pattern is one you will want to save for after the war. With a linen center it costs $5.20 to make.

12. Fillet insertion with ribbon design for household linens. Crochet enough for a pillowcase for only 20 cents

13. Plain insertion looks so expensive. Substitute it for worn hemstitching on a pillowcase. To do one, 20 cents.

14. White Doily: Clusters and lacy shells combine in the delicate pattern of this doily. Cost to make one, 10 cents

15. White Doily II: An assortment of stitches make this eight-pointed star design varied and interesting. Cost to make one 10 cents.

16. A formalized dahlia design enhances the center of this fillet doily. To crochet one costs 20 cents

17. Wide insertion in a wild-rose pat tern to keep in mind for our new post war sheets. Enough for one, 8o cent

18. A pointed fillet edging with bow knot design, to give old-fashioned lux ury to a sheet. To make, 6o cents

19. Plain crochet mesh adds a dainty touch to a baby's pillowcase. Use a pastel lining. To crochet, 10 cents

And that's the entire pamphlet set. There's a number of nice designs here. I've entered a number of the patterns to the shop; as designated by the links. If you must have one of the others, let me know and I'll see what I can do. Some of the patterns had too poor picture quality to work with.

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Crocheted Sachet Pattern; Times Have Changed

  • Jan 1 2017
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This afternoon, I was processing an old Mail Order Pattern --- Anne Cabot's 5064 -- dating back to 1948.

Anne Cabot's 5064 -- It's a sweet pattern that gives directions for three different shapes, called Gift Sachets.

As I was going through the material requirements, I noted that 'Sachet Powder' was listed. Instantly, one of those "I wonder" thoughts took root. I wonder, are Sachet Powers still sold? Now, although I certainly was not around in 1948, I do remember sachet powders.

They were sold in small jars, packets and, my favorite - Avon - had a marvelous shaker bottle.

BUT, to get the results for these Sachet Powders, one must be sure in insert Vintage in front of the search. Because, if you don't, you are going to get a whole lot of pages with products like these ....

(picture from)

So, instead of Sachet Powders being sweet smellers for your underwear drawer or closet), they are now powders you may use to cast a spell .... many different spells in fact.


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