November 20, 2011

Thrift Share

A plastic bag filled with lovely crochet and tatting patterns from the late 1940's - the early 1950's were sitting on a shelf at the GW Boutique (Goodwill) waiting for me. I have no earthly idea how to crochet or how to tat but I love to look at older books and magazines. It fascinates me how different today's instruction booklet are. Do people still crochet or tat edging on lingerie?

I use doilies under my laps on my end tables, and I 
collect and always carry a handkerchief in my purse.

Oh, the caroline lady...

The small instruction book on tatting makes me
want to give it a try. I love how in, 1947, they 
used a black and white photo but colored her 
nails, the shuttle, and the title red.

It says: Nothing is daintier and more feminine
than fine handmade lace edging your lingerie.

At an estate sale I found a bag filled with eight handkerchiefs, I could see what two look like but the rest were a mystery, so of course I had to buy the bag so I could see what the other six look like. These two were my favorites the others will be great for my purse when I need to wipe a grand child's nose.

I don't love the color choice but the 
pattern was sweet and looked familiar.... 

very similar edging to my handkerchief.

The edging on this one is just beautiful. Someone
was talented and took pride in their work.

Looking forward to see what everyone else found this week.

I am linking up with, Her Library Adventures on Sunday, for:

and Me and My Shadow for:

and Cap Creations for :

and with Apron Thrift Girl for:


  1. Loved the article. My mum used to do tatting. I could never get the hang of it myself but it looked fab when she had done it.

  2. What a great bunch of books! I love the hankies too! My Gramma used to tat. : )

  3. I almost bought vintage 1940s sheet music yesterday at the GW boutique due to the art depicting kids on the front...but held myself back as we were moving. Great finds!

  4. The cover of that tatting book is gorgeous, love how the red pops! I love these kind of books too, I think tatting is becoming a lost art. Wish I knew how.

  5. Great find - love the one with the painted nails!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. I like your blog thanks for coming by Feeding Nine on a Dime. Our blog: is having a party on Monday please come and share.

  7. love those doilies! so pretty! the details!

    The Joyful Thrifter

  8. I am attracted to the old booklets as well. I would have to read full time to even look at a fraction of how many I have.
    And do I ever follow a pattern?

  9. I admire the lovely hanky edgework!! Wish I had some talent in that area!!

  10. It is hard to pass up vintage craft books. Once you read through them, it really makes you appreciate the lovely vintage items adorned with handwork we find at such reasonable prices, doesn't it?

  11. Love the styling on that tatting booklet - particularly the vampy red nail varnish! How to make crochet sexy! ;0)

  12. I know how to crochet and knit but never saw tatting. Let me know if you learn it.

  13. hmmmm I'd love to have tatting on my pillows and handkerchiefs but not on my clothes, that would make me nuts

  14. What a great post! I love old handkerchiefs, 10yrs ago I tried to find enough (vintage ones of course) to use as wedding favors for my wedding. I was gonna have them embroidered with our monogram. I never did find enough though. Still love that idea.

    Thank you for linking up at Cap Creations.