Monday, 27 October 2008

Weekly Times Australian Tea Cosy Pattern

An Australian Crocheted Classic!
This pattern is from the Weekly Times Farmer's Handbook, Sixth Revised Edition 1978.
I have to check with them that its alright to publish these images here...wooops!

I'll make sure its fine and then the usual offer is in place: if you would like a copy of this pattern sent to you, then please leave me a comment here and I will answer with a request for your contact details (which are then disclosed to no other person or organisation)...and I wish you happy crocheting!!

My aim is to be able to follow a crochet or knitting pattern one day! My brain is too active and I constantly move on to something different and come back to projects in circles until they are completed! It keeps me entertained and thats the main thing!!

Monday, 20 October 2008

Spring in Tasmania...

I found this lovely sewing magazine in Troyes, France, during my last trip. It was published in March 1952, and the title, 'Mon Ouvrage', translates as 'My Work'.
I was hoping I'd discover a French tea cosy pattern inside, though I wasn't that has mostly clothing and table linen and Broderie Anglaise patterns, which are lovely, though not as exciting for me as a tea cosy!

The previous owner has traced over the cover design to get an embroidery pattern, which is a nice touch!
Birds don't really feature on my tea cosies, as yet...I like these colours though, very 'Spring'...the question is now: How to make these colours look funky and contemporary and....Revolutionary!!??!!

To be continued in Tea Cosy format.....soon I hope...eeeek, so much work i want to do, not enough time....

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Swiss Tea Cosy pattern from the early 20th century

Here is an exciting example of a Swiss-German tea cosy pattern from the beginning of the 1900's. My fabulous Swiss friend Jackie found this magazine in a flea market in a small village not far from Zurich when she and her boyfriend were taking a cycling trip one weekend.

Its such a treasure of a find because it shows that not only the English and British Isles inhabitants were making tea cosies a hundred years ago...and the German (Swiss German), work for tea cosy is great: Teewarmeru, which actually sounds Japanese! My computer keyboard hasn't got a letter 'a' with two dots above it, so just picture the 'a' in Teewarmeru having two dots above it to give it a flat 'aaahhhh' sound.

Its a nice hand embroidered cosy too...I'll have to give it a go...and just a reminder that if anyone would like a copy of this pattern, free of charge, please email me, or leave a comment here, with your name and address and I'll post it off to you as soon as I can. I could try and get a translation done to go with it...I'll see how many people ask for this first!

This is the cover of the old sewing/needlework magazine...