Wednesday 20 May 2009

Vintage Patterns for knitting, sewing or crochet

At last we have managed to photograph the large number of vintage patterns we have collected It took my son several hours to go through the amount. We had guessed about 600 but in the end there was just over 500.
So have been adding them to our site, its a slow process but have been adding between 10 to 20 patterns per day

The patterns are vintage unused, second hand and some are quite retro. They at present date from the fourties through to fairly modern

We have had great fun just looking at the different styles. One pattern for matching his and hers fair isle waistcoats has taken Marks fancy and he wants them knitted for us??

Just a quick conversion for yarn weight between the UK and USA see below

2 ply or lace (UK) = Baby (USA)
3 ply (UK) = Fingering (USA)
4 ply (UK) = Sportweight (USA)
Double knitting DK (UK) = Worsted (USA)
Aran (UK) = Fisherman or medium (USA)
Chunky (UK) = Bulky (USA)
Super chunky (UK) = Super bulky (USA)

For me (Sue) the models jewellery has been good for research, as the jewellery is named on some patterns and then helps with the date of certain pieces

Because we have so many vintage patterns, we decided to add a category rather than continue to add to the small sub category within vintage craft books. The patterns will be moved from the book section once we have added the majority of patterns to the new category. We will never get round to adding them all as we do tend to buy and source more patterns every week!!

A few weeks ago now we were asked by a TV researcher for a knitting pattern for a sixties gonk. Still have not found one yet - but we keep looking

At the moment we have many knitting patterns, some crochet and sewing patterns for womens and mens clothes. Babies and children clothes and accessories, unisex and family patterns, soft furnishings and dolls clothing or soft toys to make. Also pattern books for school fetes, fairs and bazaar knits

Vintage patterns

Bookmark or site and check back regular to see what we have found

Or add some genuine vintage buttons to your knitted or crochet clothes
Again we add weekly and have a huge amount just waiting!
Vintage buttons

Monday 11 May 2009

Cameo bracelets and brooches shown here

Cameo bracelet  vintage

Cameo bracelets, cameo brooches, cameo earrings, cameo necklaces and other cameo jewellery showcased here

Cameos have been around for centuries. Still very popular today. Whilst looking at antique jewellery at a fair the other day, we overheard a young girl getting very excited over a selection of cameo brooches and was having a hard time deciding what to buy.
Unlike many vintage jewellery dealers, we now actively source cameos both old and more modernvintage cameo brooch in resin
Unlike many cameo enthusiasts we actually like the modern cameos that depict the popular goddess. She fascinates us - who actually first produced her? From our acquired knowledge she appeared around the late sixties and is still used today.
Popular Goddess cameo brooch

So as cameos span all ages we started an antique and vintage cameo section on Jewels and Finery. (Website now closed) All the cameo pictured have now been sold or destroyed in a fire that happened at our storage unit. Vintage cameo bar broochHere are just a few cameo jewellery that we have sourced in the last 10 years. The pictures are taken from our archives. 

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Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
I preserve the past. Researching family and local history. Finding about mine and other people's ancestors, is just one of my passions. I also love vintage costume jewellery made here in the UK. I write about my finds and like to research.