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7 Tips to Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

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In the past 50 years, knitting patterns have tended to conform to generally-accepted standards. Before these standards came into being, people wrote knitting patterns using the terminology and conventions of their time. When you first try to read a really old knitting pattern (like one published in the 1800’s), you may be surprised at the assumptions and terminology in it. This article provides 7 tips to help you read these vintage knitting patterns and convert them into modern form so that you, too, can create a knitted project just like your ancestors did.

How to Make Your Own Vintage Christmas Cards

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A pink frosted Christmas tree, a family inside a jalopy, Santa Claus’ smiling face, holly and mistletoes, angels and puppies by a frosted window, these are only a few images that can be found on a vintage Christmas card. We should all take the time to appreciate how these cards were made. Unlike the commercial ones we see neatly packed in shiny boxes in bookstores or gift shops, previous cards were made delicately by hand and are unique. As modernization came upon us, Christmas cards became easy to produce by machines.

This Christmas, a holiday treat would be to bring back an old tradition of making your own vintage Christmas card.

French Bead Flower Making – A Vintage Craft Is New Again

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How do people use Bead Flowers?

Bead flowers can be used in every way you use silk or fresh flowers. The only difference is that it will be many, many years before bead flowers deteriorate. Therefore, they make ideal inserts in bridal bouquets, bridal headdresses, hair barrettes, pins, napkin rings, corsages, “potted” plants, 3D pictures and wall hangings.

A few notable people who owned and treasured examples of this fine art were Marie Antoinette, Madame Pompadour, Napoleon’s Josephine, Princess Grace, Princess Caroline, Patricia Nixon and William Randolph Hearst.

Preserving Old Photos

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My mother has several albums of family photos going back to the early 1900s and even before. Her mother and grandmother, thankfully, kept scrapbooks and photo albums. But as these pictures age, I worry about preserving them. Here are some things that we have been doing that may help you in preserving your old photos. These are the steps I go through.

5 Quilting Tricks

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Quilting is a social hobby; it’s been proven to improve your health and it leads to some gorgeous results—but sometimes you just want to make things a little easier. With quilt tricks, you can indulge in the occasional shortcut without compromising on quality (saving yourself some headaches, too). Whether you’re a novice or a stitcher for life, try out these tricks to make your next project easier—and more enjoyable.

Choosing The Correct Yarn, Needle & Hook sizes For Knitting & Crochet

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If you have ever considered knitting a vintage pattern you may yourself confused over the required yarn. Terms such as “fingering” and “worsted” can be enough to cause you to give up on your project before you begin.

Creating Crafts With Old Buttons – 10 Ideas

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I just love using old buttons in my craft projects. Here’s ten quick and easy ideas to put those old buttons to use. For most projects, you will need a tube of craft glue, and hardware from your local craft supply shop, or items found at your local mart in the craft section.

Learn to Quilt: Discover How to Save Money

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In today’s economic climate, starting a new hobby may seem like an expense that your budget just can’t support. Between gas and groceries, becoming a quilter just doesn’t seem like a wise financial choice. I’m here to tell you that being a quilter doesn’t have to be expensive.

Making a Rag Quilt

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If you are a beginner quilter looking for near-immediate gratification or an old pro who wants to create a different look, why not try making a rag quilt?

How To Knit Fingerless Gloves

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How to knit fingerless gloves at home.