Crafts

Blue Peter Annual Christmas Crafts [1962-1982]

Last Christmas I bought myself a large pile of vintage Blue Peter annuals. It was never one of my favourite programmes on telly, but I did enjoy the craft items they made out of toilet rolls and sticky back plastic! Here’s a few Christmas crafts from various annals dating from 1965-82.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Gifts & Household Items [1971-1977]

“In the mood of yesterday, today and tomorrow, in colours to blend with a mood, to accent a quite scene.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for various gifts household items, including rugs, toys and cushions. They date from 1971-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashion Accessories [1970-1976]

“Decorate your body with all sorts of things… Make a headband… wear it as a dog collar… wear it as an armlet… make it longer… wear it as a belt… Express Yourself!”Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for various fashion accessories, including, bags, belts and slippers. They date from 1970-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Ponchos, Cloaks & Shawls [1967-1977]

Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for ponchos, cloaks and shawls. They date from 1967-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Scarves, Hats & Mittens [1967-1977]

“Bright touches to warm gay spirits from top to toe.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for scarves, hats and mittens. They date from 1967-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Childrenswear [1970-1977]

“Tiny togs for tiny tots to knit to crochet.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for childrenswear, dating from 1970-77.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Him [1968-1975]

Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for men’s fashion. They date from 1968-75.

Columbia Minerva Knitting Leaflets ~ Fashions For Her [1967-1977]

“Get with fashion’s newest rage. These handknits fly off your fingers with supersonic speed.”
Columbia Minerva knitting leaflets for Women’s fashion. They date from 1967-77.

The Machine Knitting Book by John Allen [1985]

“How to design and create beautiful garments on your knitting machine.”
I bought this book a few weeks back, one look at the cover and I knew it had to be mine! It’s surprisingly informative even if the designs are now dated. Plus, I own a knitting machine so may even come in useful if ever I decide to knit myself a Batwing jumper…

Health Vests ~ Knitting Patterns [1950’s-1960’s]

“As recommended by the medical profession.”
Health vests were obviously quite the thing in England in the 1950’s, and after looking over these knitting patterns you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one.

Fables and Fabulous Yarns: Knit Fashions for Boys & Girls [1970]

I came across an amazing book of knitting patterns by Columbia-Minerva recently called “Fables and Fabulous Yarns: Knit Fashions for Boys & Girls” (1970). Not only does it the most fabulous photographs inside featuring floral backdrops and slightly creepy stuffed animals, but it also has a short story and poems.

Intarsia Cartoon Sweater Knitting Patterns [1980s-1990’s]

During the 1980’s-1990’s, Intarsia (a UK based company) produced over one hundred super cool knitted jumper patterns of cartoon TV characters (plus a few non-cartoon characters too). They are out of print these days, but still circulate on the second-hand market.

Singer Sewing Machine ~ Christmas Adverts [1950s-1970’s]

Here are a few vintage Christmas sewing machine adverts from 1950-70’s.

The Great Pantyhose Crafts Books [1980’s]

A few weeks back I received these eagerly awaited beauties; two craft books by Ed & Stevie Baldwin featuring some of the most creepy 1980’s pantyhose craft creations you’ll ever see. It was possibly more a “thing” in the US, where pantyhose sculptures were to be found adorning tables at church fates and old peoples homes the country over.