Monday, October 2, 2017

#anAWWyear - September 1947: Craft

This post, the alert will spot, is actually being posted in early October, and that is because I fell victim to ambition- I was absolutely determined to finish a particular one of the September craft projects before I blogged about all of them. Sadly, the month ended before I could manage it.

Being a crocheter, September 1947 had a few solid crafty offerings for me. This traycloth, designed to be worked up in join-as-you-go motifs in fine cotton thread, is apparently able to be mastered by 'even those who are just beginning to crochet'.
Black and white photograph of a thread crochet traycloth made up of star motifs
Delicate crochet traycloth.
Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 20 1947, p53.
While this sort of thread crochet isn't something I can use in my life right now, I did want to test out the motifs, so I made a square of four in a heavier, green crochet cotton as a sample.

My test version, in a heavier cotton.
The motif pattern is indeed quite simple, the joining is easy, and the joined motifs absolutely must be blocked. This has been, and it still needs an iron and perhaps a starch. 

There is also a fantastic two page feature on 'crisp lace accessories for spring' 
black and white photograph from magazine of a lace crochet jabot. text reads "A CROCHETED JABOT, which will revive any frock or suit that needs the treatment. A white one and two or three in colors would be a valuable addition to spring accessories'
This lace jabot will 'revive' a frock or suit.
Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 6 1947, p45
It features a jabot and three different bows. I made the butterfly bow and you can blame the jabot for why this post is so late. 
These are mislabelled- the top one is actually the butterfly bow, as is easy to guess.
Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 6 1947, p45
The butterfly bow - indeed all the bows - are designed to lie flat to be starched and ironed and then are gathered together with a crocheted tie with a button or snap to form the blow shape. I know I crocheted my tie. I blocked it. But somewhere between choosing a button and going to sew the button on, it disappeared. So my butterfly is still in its flat state at the moment. I am searching some more before I admit defeat and crochet another. It has also not yet been starched. 
My flat butterfly bow, waiting for its centre tie,
which may or may not be somewhere in my laundry
I worked up the butterfly in no. 60 crochet cotton and a 1mm hook. This still feels quite big, but it is meant to be a statement piece - the article says that they 'may be placed in lapels or at the yoke of a frock with good effect' or would be 'a smart finish for a belt' so they can't end up tiny.

The jabot, shown made up by the AWW above, and as an artist's impression worn on the second page of instructions (and below) is made in three rectangles of a lace pattern and then pleated onto a neckband. 
Such a chic jabot!
Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 6 1947, p47
I worked this up in an unlabelled cotton thread from my stash but I'm fairly sure it is also a no. 60 cotton and a vintage hook labelled 'Milward' on one side and '4, Made in England, 20' on the other which measures between 1 and 1.25mm on a hook gauge.  It is supposed to be made up in a finer thread (ideally I would have used no. 100) but again, I'm trying to stash bust with this yearly project and not buy supplies.  This is one panel.
One panel of the three needed for the jabot.
If you look at the start of the panel, when you've only completed a short depth, it looks effective to use as an edging.
I think this would look nice on vintage style nightwear, as a sleeve or neck edging.
I only got one and a half panels completed, but I'm going to keep going and finish this one!

Rounding out our September craft is a rather odd craft project, the "reminder of how much we used to smoke" handbag.
Novelty handbag. Yes, it is.
Australian Women's Weekly, Sep 20 1947, p45
Made up of a cigar box and a heap of burnt matches, there was no way I would be making this one, but I thought you'd appreciate seeing it as much as I did.

Now onwards, to October!

1 comment:

  1. I love seeing how these different crochet patterns look. They are so delicate! It is a shame that it is a bit harder to find uses for them that fit a modern lifestyle. No need for tray cloths here :(

    I like the bows though! I could see one maybe worn on a cardigan at the top of the buttons?