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May 15, 2012

A Trip Back to 1955 – McCalls Needlework Annual

By Andrea

Today we’re going to take a trip back to the crafting world of 1955 – with some excerpts from the McCall’s Needlework Annual!  You can click on any of these pictures for a larger view.

First off, before we get to some of the projects – this is my favourite section from my McCall’s Needlework magazines – they had a section where you could send in your pictures of projects that you made from past issues.  There were some amazing crafters out there!  Definitely click on this one for a bigger view so you can see the pictures.


File this one under products I wish they still made – McCalls apparently used to make pre-packaged, iron on appliques.  The veggie appliques are utterly adorable!  I’d love to use them on a tablecloth or the like for my kitchen.  Readers – have any of you seen/used these appliques or remember someone using them?  I’ve never seen them, so I’d love to know!

Another one to file under adorable – a Mexican applique design!  These are so cute, I may have to try making these ones up myself!

I don’t know about you, but when I think of tie-dye, I think of the 60s.  So, colour me extremely surprised to see a big feature on tye-die in this magazine!

The tie-dye looks so cute on the circle skirt!  It’s definitely unexpected to see on such a classic 50s design, but it looks really interesting.

This is another one that I definitely might have to try!

I hope you enjoyed our trip back to 1955, readers!  And I hope this will give you some project ideas to try!


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4 Responses to A Trip Back to 1955 – McCalls Needlework Annual

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    May 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Andrea! That tie-dye article is pretty neat! I had no idea it started that early. I have never come across anything like that, so it is news to me!

    And yes, those veggies are ridiculous. I think you should try tracing the examples and putting them on a checked cloth anyway. That tomato is just too darn cute.

    • Andrea Reply

      May 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      I had no idea either, Ruth! I am going to have to keep my eyes open for other early examples of tie-dye now, I think!

      That is a super good idea to trace the veggies … stay tuned, I think I feel a project coming on!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    May 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Ooohhhhh, those appliques…..I LOVE them!!!! I SO wish they still made cute appliqués like that. And that tie-dyed skirt is amazing!!!

    • Andrea Reply

      May 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      They seem to be hard to find … I thought for sure I’d see some on eBay, but there was only one package of kids ones (which I am kind of tempted by). I guess they were so cute that everyone used them up back in the day!

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