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Vintage 1930s needlework / sewing / knitting / crochet magazine
THE NEEDLEWOMAN October 1935 Vol. 14 No. 158

40 pages (including cover)
The free transfers referred to on the cover have survived and are included in this purchase (transfers for 4 lunch mats)
Large format - measures approx. 9" x 12"

A fabulous needlecrafts magazine dating from 1935 and brimming with inspirational knitting and needlework projects. There are a wide variety of embroidery/needlework projects (including a child's appliqued rug), most of which (with the exception of the free transfer) required paper transfers that had to be purchased separately. However, there is a detail chart for a floral tapestry panel. The knitting patterns comprise a lady's jumper/sweater (see cover) and a girl's knitted dress. There are also instructions for a crocheted jabot and matching cuffs, crocheted borders for handkerchiefs - as well as a wealth of fascinating period advertisements (especially for needlecraft materials, sewing patterns etc). See for instance the spectacular colour advertisement for Clark's Anchor Flox thread (featured on the back cover)

** Please note: most of the embroidery and sewing projects required transfers/patterns which were NOT included in the magazine and had to be purchase separately. However, the guidance notes/diagrams are clear in most cases and it should be possible for the experienced needleworker to replicate the designs without the use of transfers. At the very least, this volume will provide tons of inspiration and practical guidance for creating your own vintage-inspired projects

Full instructions are provided for the knitting and crochet projects - although please note that this is a UK publication and that adjustments may need to be made by international buyers (e.g. needle/pin sizes and crochet abbreviations). As was customary at the time, the instructions for the knitted garments are provided in ONE size only - the sweater/jumper featured on the cover measures 35" around the bust, the child's knitted dress 24" around the chest

This magazine is reasonably good condition overall, the main flaw being that the staples have rusted/disintegrated and the pages are all loose as a result (there is also rust staining on each page where the staples were positioned, together with some holes). Some rust staining and slight paper loss to front cover. Moderate creasing and age discolouration. Rubbing to spine. Internal pages are clean with no major flaws - no stains, tears or annotations. The embroidery transfers are unused (2 transfers to each sheet) though one sheet has been cut in half (this does not affect the images)

Any questions, please feel free to ask

This item will be well packaged to protect it in transit. I have estimated the shipping costs: any significant overcharge (after allowing a small amount for packaging costs) will be refunded. Please note that I provide a combined shipping discount whenever possible, although it is difficult to calculate this discount accurately at time of listing

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Vintage 1930s Needlework Magazine - The Needlewoman 1935 No. 158 UK - vintage sewing book - embroidery crochet 30s knitting pattern


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  • Vintage Supply from the 1930s
  • Craft type: Sewing
  • Self-published: No
  • Materials: paper, original vintage magazine
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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