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October 23, 2012

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Cruel Crewel Edition

By Betty Crafter


This week I continue my descent down the rabbit hole that is McCalls Needlework & Crafts. This time it’s fall/winter 1969. There is a lot to love here – for example, how much more 1969 can you get than this dining space?

You know you want to immediately make those psychedelic bench cushions.

This issue also hit one of my sweet spots – Pennsylvania Dutch design! This issue showed how to completely outfit a little girl’s room in the style.


I NEED to make that clock, at least. *drool*

But even though these mid century McCalls Needlework & Crafts mags have so many great craft ideas and eye candy, I do have a huge complaint. The mercilessly tease me with their promises of incredible crewel kits that can be mine for a few dollars just by sending a check…to a long defunct address, I’m sure. No fair! What I wouldn’t give to be able to have these kits in my greedy little hands…




Delectable, right? Maybe it’s time to start paying more attention to my internet searches for these kits!

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5 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Cruel Crewel Edition

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    October 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    That little kitty is soooo cute!

  2. Andrea Reply

    October 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I love that walrus! I am often tempted to send away for the kits I see, just to see what would happen. House plans, too. LOL

  3. Susan D Reply

    October 24, 2012 at 10:01 am

    My mother has one of those bell pulls hanging in her living room still. Though, I think it is flowers, not birds… :)

  4. rae Reply

    October 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

    oh my gosh that peacock! so so so perfect

  5. Lorna Reply

    October 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

    My mom had stacks and stacks of these magazines. I so wish she’d given them to me! They’re long gone now…

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