July 17, 2012This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! McCall’s Needlework Motherload Edition!
By Betty Crafter
I’m on a cross-country vintage buying trip – so fun! On this particular trip, I’ve had the good fortune to come across LOADS of fantastic craft booklets, magazines, and books from the 1930s to the 1970s. I’ve found so much awesomeness it would take me a full year of posts to scratch the surface! But what I’m definitely most excited about out of the whole haul is this:
McCalls Needlework and Crafts magazines bound in books by year, years 1964-1969. I can’t tell you what a treasure trove this is for a needlework and craft loving gal like me! There are such wonderful examples of mod stitchery inside that my fingers are already itching to try out some of the projects. For example, check out this incredible interior:
How amazing is that wall hanging?? I love needlework as an art form. The textures provide such a folksy yet worldly look to a room- kind of what I would imagine my favorite anthropology college professor to have in her house.
Or how about this earthy, woodsy piece? So attractive and artful.
There was also a story about the amazing Erica Wilson. Check out how she personalized her rocking chair with random appliqued and embroidered flowers. Genius.
It featured four projects she designed for the magazine, including this adorable raccoon.
There were also piles of great craft projects, like these sewing room decor items. This girl wall hanging sewing caddy is now up at the top of my to-make list. Must have. In fact, I feel my sewing room needs the picture and throw pillow too. Why not?
And isn’t this kitchen cute as a bug’s ear? This would be a great idea for someone who rents a boring white apartment kitchen. A few colorful handcrafted accessories and you have a stylish mod kitchen for next to nothing!
There was so much more in these books – this is only a snippet. But I can already tell I’ll be pulling these out for inspiration or to find patterns for anything from children’s toys and clothes, sweaters, home decor, gifts, even woodworking projects! There was a project for a really great deck including privacy screen, and a Brutalist inspired cabinet. My head is spinning!