Timeless treasures -crochet supper cloths - these are from a magazine dated 1957.
The series was Australian flora and fauna in filigree crochet.
Patons and Baldwin Baby knitting books, which also contain crochet patterns and Semco Tatting and Crochet books from the 1930's
This one is full of crochet lace edgings for doilies and I have her miniature crochet hooks to do this with.
Look at all those choices for bonnets, bootees, socks and leggings - made like stockings with ribbons to tie them at the top of the leg.
Tatting edges - not a craft I have actually tried but I like to look at the pictures any way.
A complete layette on the following two pages.
That's right it is sticky tape you see in the pictures above and below, these books have been much loved in their life time.
These are later books from the 1950's which contain reprints of earlier patterns.
How cute is this romper suit?
What about cat's ears?
I have a distinct memory of making this one in the 1980's - not sure who the lucky recipient was.
Remembering that these garments were mostly made in wool, not easy care varieties like we have today, I can imagine that a mother's work was never done!
My grandmother also taught me that it is never too late to complete a project, she started a gorgeous knitted baby shawl in the finest cream wool for her first daughter and finished it almost 40 years later for her youngest grandchild.
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