Category Archives: Vintage Sheet

Its a Spring Thing (and a doily addiction…)

Spring seems to have sprung all over blogland today and I’ve certainly been inspired by all of the lovely photos and bright Spring colours popping up on the internet.  I’ve had a small stash of candy coloured cotton 4-ply yarn that has been calling out to me for a while now and having seen lots of doilies and similar pretty lacy crochet patterns on the internet I had to give it a go…

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I started off with some Rowan Siena 4ply in light pink and the Victoria Doily pattern in Jane Crowfoot’s book Homespun Vintage.  Jane describes in her book how, following the popularity of crochet during the Victorian era, the 1950s to 1970s saw its revival again (it went into something of a decline during the two world wars possibly as a result of rationing and the difficulty in sourcing yarns), with lacy patterns and doily work suddenly becoming very popular.

Here’s my finished doily (ravelled here); it seemed to look right at home alongside my vintage sheet patchwork blanket…

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Jane talks about the delicacy of crochet work in a doily replicating the look of lace making the perfect table decoration.  Any excuse to get baking and get the vintage china out…

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A close up of the excellent Lemon Drizzle Cake (made by Miss E, not me I confess): yummy!:

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I’d also wanted to make these pretty little coasters for quite some time (see the free pattern over on the Yvestown Blog):

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Ooops: they seemed to multiply quickly and before I knew it I had a whole stack (Ravelled here):

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I think these coasters would also make rather a nice Mothers Day card, with the addition of a sweet little bit of fabric backing:

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On the lacy crochet theme, I thought you might like to see these lovely little containers from Ikea.  They’re meant for plants but I bought them for a couple of pounds each and they’re just the job for keeping knitting needles and crochet hooks in:

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Loving the Ikea lilac too; I wish we had a lilac tree in our garden:

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I spotted some real Spring flowers in the garden today too:

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Happy Springtime! x

Vintage Sheet and Crochet Valentine Heart

At our recent valentine themed craft group evening I couldn’t decide whether to knit, crochet or sew!  I ended up crocheting a sweet little heart from a pattern that a kind friend brought along from Bella Dia but in my mind, an idea was forming to create a little heart that combined both fabric and yarn and today I decided to put my plan into action….

I rummaged around in my stash of fabrics and found a cute little pile of sweet vintage sheet fat quarters that I had been saving for just the right project, bought from Donna Flower at the Christmas Vintage Fair in Frome.  The perfect companion : my little stash of Adriafil crochet cotton.

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I printed out a heart shaped template from the internet.  I cut out my heart shaped pieces from my vintage sheet fabric and sewed them together, and stuffed the heart.  Now for the fun bit, creating a crochet border.

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First, I sewed in chain stitch all around the outside of the heart, to form a basis from which to crochet:

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Then I played around for a bit with my hook and yarn until I had created a suitably pretty crochet border.   Next, I crocheted a chain to hang the heart from and attached it to the heart:

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It looked extra sweet with a little crochet flower embellishment:

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Time for a cuppa and some valentine cupcakes:

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I hope that you are having fun with any valentine crafting that you are doing?

Happy Valentine’s Day!