It's been snowing, again, here in the Northern Adirondacks. Winter still holding on but the fashion world has long since moved on to clothing styles for Spring and Summer. This is why I chose a Spring/Summer magazine from 1960. Many of the popular styles for Spring 2018 look very much like the popular styles from 1960! I was surprised to find that some of the fiber arts that were lost are alive and well and living on the internet. You'll see as we take a look at Huck Weaving.
Sweaters were the by-word in the Spring/Summer 1960 McCalls Needlework and Crafts magazine. 1960 was an Olympic year. McCall's took the opportunity to celebrate the olympics in their magazine. A little history on that olympic year: The Summer 1960 Olympics were held in Rome, Italy. They were historic games and something to celebrate in many ways. Wilma Rudolph, a black athlete from St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, made her mark on the world by taking gold medals in 3 events in track and field, beating olympic records. Both the women's and men's swim team won gold medals in the freestyle and medley relay races. USA came in second to the former Soviet Union in medal count. (part of the long standing "grudge match" between the former Soviet Union and the United States of America) Now on to the knitting/crocheting/sewing!
This is the main page showcasing the Olympic game theme. These sweater/blouse patterns have a timeless look and each have a modern counterpart. From Left to Right: Cyclamen Blouse, Wood Violet Cardigan, Forget-Me-Not Blouse, (a design from Switzerland) the Lilac Mohair Cardigan. Such a cute set of blouses and all patterns are available in this magazine for a whopping 50 cents! Let's take a look at look at up-to-date patterns available on the internet.
One of my favorite things about this magazine are the really lovely pieces created for nearly every occasion. Most are knit so we'll move on to a few pieces for the sewists!
I love pockets! Ever notice how very few clothes for women (even blue jeans) have pockets? The Cobbler's Apron to the left is a cute pattern AND the good news is that there are patterns for Cobbler's/Gardener's aprons online FREE.
I'm not a collector of aprons but I could be persuaded to collect a few dozen of these aprons with pockets. It would be perfect for my needles, hooks, stitch markers ect. Here are some patterns:
Tailored aprons as the one pictured above have been in use for who knows how many years. They are still fabulous and can be made out of leftover fabric, or even recycled blue jeans! Anything with pockets works for me LOL!
Huck Weaving used to be a big thing when I was young. I remember seeing tea towels that were decorated with Huck weaving. Beautiful work. Personally I didn't think anyone did Huck Weaving any more. However, I did find a link to a Huck Weaving lesson!! The picture below isn't very clear but neither is the picture in the magazine. However I'm going to TRY Huck Weaving. I do believe that we ought to try to preserve these graceful arts as best we can for the future. I found a lesson here:
(Huck Weaving fabric is available on ebay!)
Just because I love shawls I wanted to share a pattern from my magazine. It's out of print, and out of copyright. (I contacted McCall's already to see if anyone owned the rights and to their knowledge no one owns the rights to McCall's Needlework and Crafts) Again, the photo of the shawl wasn't very high quality but the pattern can be read clearly. The knitting needle size is 11, and I think that though the Unger Mohair DeLuxe yarn is discontinued a suitable substitute would be a light worsted weight mohair. (but anything light and fluffy would be pretty) I won't be sharing patterns often but I thought this time I would celebrate Spring with you. **I cannot offer pattern support**
If you want to save the pattern to your computer or laptop, simply right click on the picture of the pattern, then click "Save image as" and this should allow you to save the shawl pattern. (you can always google how to save a photo to your particular device)
I hope you have enjoyed reading today's blog. Below are some random pictures taken from the articles and adverts from the McCall's Needlework and Crafts Spring 1960 magazine.
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