I dug up some really fun things while sprucing up my craft room! I don't really like calling it a craft room, but it's not really a "studio" either. Truthfully, it's a room to hold the yarn. As much as I try, I can't help but have piles, bags, and bins of yarn everywhere. I was able to assemble the wools and added some cedar blocks to keep it clean. I'm glad I made room for this table. It will be nice to sew somewhere other than the dining room table.
As I've noted in previous posts, buttons are always inspiring. I've often designed things based on buttons. And some will wait for the perfect project. While most are in a shoebox, I laid out a few, just for inspiration. Sometimes when they get put away, I lose track of what I have and what I want to make with them.
My favorite re-find as I was organizing was a stash of vintage books and magazines. "Make It With Mademoiselle" was published in 1971 and has some really cool chunky knit and crochet designs as well as some other fashion and home decor patterns.
These McCall's "Needlework and Crafts" were published annually and are a huge 13", compared to later, common-sized issues. The older issue doesn't have a date anywhere. It says "McCall's Needlework & Crafts Annual Vol. IV" I couldn't find anything online about what date this would be. They seemed to switch to a bi-annual magazine in the 1950's, and some of these look older (perhaps late 40's? if not early 50's). These hats are beautiful. I've been on the lookout for sequins! I love the one in the top right. I would love to try that on! Maybe I could start a new trend.
I went through some of the issues from the 1970's and thought I'd like to make a top like this, with crochet and gauze. I remember wearing something similar. There are also some cape designs that I'm anxious to study. I love making capes and have a few ideas for Fall.