"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Monday, October 11, 2010

Needlecraft Magazine 1916-1921, Part IV

This time around I'm covering April and May of 1920. The first set of photos, from April, are crocheted "Accessories for Your Guest-Chamber". I'm including them because the ground of the articles looks like it could be tatted. I know that there was a fashion at one time to try to imitate tatting in crochet. Of course, the flowers could only be crochet.

Honestly, I find it hard to believe that the average housewife had time to make covers for the talcum-powder box, but what do I know?

Here's an edging and insertion design sent in by a reader.

For a dime, you could get a book of tatting patterns and two balls of thread. Different times.

Now we're on to May.

I rather like this yoke. I could even see myself wearing it, if I had a dress or blouse it would fit on.

Till next time....


  1. I absolutely LOVE old time needlecraft magazines. I have found some of the BEST tatting patterns in them! As soon as I get a scanner I'll be sharing some of mine,too! Thanks for sharing!
    ~TattingChic ♥

  2. Good point, Miranda. How did those women find the time to tat those intricate patterns? Unless they had a lot of help in their home. Maybe they didn't - like us with all our books and patterns. Dreamers all!
    Fox : )

  3. I think they found time after the sun went down...at least that's what my Mother said. When the sun was up that's when they did all their "hard work" and when the sun went down they got to sit down and do their needlework by the lamp light.