The ruminations of an artist on art & quilts, beading, knitting, drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking are all my passions, I love to explore creating....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Thrifty crafty books!

Sometimes I think "old" craft books have the best information and patterns in them. Maybe that comes from once owning a used bookstore?

Funny thing :-) I have been thinking about creating a granny hexagon afghan for awhile...and then I found this book at a thrift store. Published in 1976--even though some of the projects are rather dated---it covers all I need to know to crochet the afghan I have been contemplating, and more!

I also found this long out of print lovely little embroidery stitch book.
Originally published in Denmark in 1959, but translated and published in English in 1966.

Most of the illustrations are in black and white, but there are quite a few embroidery stitches I had not seen before. Each stitch has easy to follow black and white illustrated directions, as well as a photo of the finished stitch.

Covers the usual chain, knotted, buttonhole and satin stitches, as well as drawn thread work, and hardanger and lace stitch fillings.... a real find!

Today's quote:

"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary."

--Mary Kurtz


Mary Timme said...

The quote is so true! I love the embroidery book. It is a treasure. Nothing like a booksale to find treasures.

Imaginif Child Protection became Serious Business said...

What a beautiful blog you keep. I have spent a lot of time here loving everything in it.
I've added myself to your buddy list (Cairns, Australia) - another beautiful thing.
You take care and stay safe.

Felicia said...

What great finds! Can't believe someone gave those up out of their collection.