Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Old inspiring magazines

Hello from the beautiful, sunny spring day! And thank you for your comments, reading and support, I really appreciate them all.
Today there won’t be that many words but pictures instead. While pottering around my craft room earlier today, I came across these old magazines. No, I have not saved everything from the year one, but just the special ones, although I truly need to go through them with critical eyes to see if they are that special any more but just collecting dust. I am not sure just how I came about having these three pieces, but they are old, from the years of 1981 and 1982. I might have bought them myself on my very rare visits to Helsinki, Akateeminen Kirjakauppa was then and is today, one of my most favorite stops there.

I have had very limited skills then but nothing has stopped me from dreaming or for aiming high. The magazines are very thick, more than half of the pages are full of adds, maybe even more, but the pieces of embroidery, crochet and knitting are beautiful and none of them quickly made.

These are all knitted blankets...
Embroidery on knitting...
... mitered squares...
The load of exquisite crochet work made it very hard to choose what pictures to take and what to include.
Some of the pictures are black and white.
This outfit is just lovely, with crochet top and some crochet added to the skirt, for spring wedding maybe?
How do you like these potholders? If not that useful, interesting to make and fun to have.
These butterflies are maybe just decorations.
There were pages upon pages of embroidered linens, one more beautiful than the other.
Amazing how lovely simple cross stitch can be... with months invested into making.
Have to finish with this cute add!
Even with the add content, I will keep these three magazines for another 25 years...
Wool with you,


  1. At least I can make sense of Italian, unlike Finnish!! lol

    But it's funny you should post these, as I recently inherited some old handicraft magazines from my MIL in both German and Italian. In fact, I was able to choose from a huge stack - they cover knitting, sewing, crochet, tatting, embroidery and tapestry. I found some of the embroidery inspiring for knitting as well, and the 70s/80s vibe means there are some charming Scandinavian/folklore type designs in there, too. They will join my collection of old magazines I couldn't bear to give away. And you're right, sometimes the ads are as entertaining as the rest - those kitties are definitely cute!

  2. Oh my goodness - the blankets! I'm in love! and the embroidery is incredible, how could one ever bear to subject those table linens to actual use?? I thought that the crochet squares pinned across windowpanes looked a bit like modern art spiderwebs, but the windows in my house are too big to even think about trying it! :)

  3. sandra02:44

    Wow. Stunning!

  4. Fun, fun, fun. Makes me think I need to dig through my stack of old knitting books that my Mom had -- some from the 50's and 60's. Cute kitties too.

  5. Great stuff. I'm definitely due for a spring declutter/stash revisit soon. This includes printed patterns and magazines. I really don't want to keep anything I'm not going to use -- probably because my apartment looks like I keep everything!

    I love that last ad! I think it is good inspiration for Christmas ornaments using some wood blocking pins!

  6. Sometimes those old magazines offer such inspiration...and take you back to a different time. I have kept several of them myself. Enjoy!

  7. Anonymous18:17

    Oh, that's moving! I remenber that magazine and inherited some copies from my granny and my aunts! I'm Italian. I also inherited a 10 volumes encyclopedia - some of the patterns are out of fashion but it is so precious as to stitches and tecniques!