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I love vintage finds – especially when they are craft related! I have to admit that these were not actually my finds, but Tom’s 🙂 He found them in the second hand bookshop during our visit to Clumber Park a couple of weeks ago, and thought that I would love them. I do, and at £1 they were a steal! I’ve put together a little gallery of photos here to show you just how lovely these books are.


The first book is Quilting For Today by Moyra McNeill, and it is signed by the author, which is a bonus! It was actually written in the 70s and I love looking at the modern 70s styles here. The quilting based on parts of a car is particularly wonderful, as are the quilted garments!




The second book is my favourite of the two. The Embroidery Book by Winifred M. Clarke was published in 1949, and features lots of beautiful designs of the time (which I imagine most sewists could recreate back then!). Throughout the book there are some beautiful diagrams showing how to do the stitches and the different designs used. I’m definitely going to have a go at sewing some of the designs, and there are some useful tips and ideas in this book which will hopefully allow me to do so!


I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through these books! Have you found any interesting vintage books?

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  1. fallfromgrace349 on April 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    The quilting book looks like a really lovely find 🙂

    • Clare on April 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! It is such a lovely book – I always find it really interesting to see what crafting trends were in past decades! 🙂

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