Vintage Crafts: Bringing Back the Old Favorites

| 10/9/2013 5:02:00 PM

Tags: Vintage Crafts, Needlepoint, Crochet, Doilies, Curtains, Sewing, Family Lessons, Susan Berry,

Susan BerryRecently I visited a craft store to get inspired. While I was browsing I noticed beads, jewelry making aisles, scrapbooking aisles, but where were the needlework crafts?

My grandmother crocheted intricate lacy doilies and bureau scarfs. She made arm rest covers and lacy tablecloths.

My aunt made lovely needlepoint gifts for many of us in the family.


Another aunt used to hand sew aprons out of whimsical materials trimmed in lace and ruffles. She also made all her own curtains, equal to any that could be purchased at the finest stores.

10/10/2013 5:12:21 PM

Hi, Susan, This is Mary from Old dog, new tricks. I like to crochet a little, also, but nothing like my mom. I have quite a stack of her doilies. She said the trick was to keep your handiwork by your chair so you could easily pick it up. If you put it away, you would rarely do it. Nice blog!

10/10/2013 9:22:03 AM

Susan, times have indeed changed. My great grandmother would actually fall asleep crocheting and wake up with a long chain crocheted that would have to be undone. It was the days of card playing instead of TV watching, baking instead of store bought, playing out side instead of Xbox games. Life does travel at a faster pace today. It's very difficult to step back from the cubical world and live a quieter life. A child's activities in today's culture are mostly away from home and cost money. Fortunately, my eight year old grandson that lives with me will choose to play outside with other neighborhood boys over Xbox every time. They slay the dragons, capture the bad guys, and keep the neighborhood safe from alien invasion. The instinct to interact with real people is still in the young generation, it just has to be cultivated. ***** Have a great crafting day.

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