February 18, 2013

Inspired: Vintage Patterns

Hey Everyone!

Today I'm going to share with you one of my most beloved sources of inspiration — vintage patterns!

I will admit that I'm a bit of a vintage crochet pattern hoarder enthusiast. My personal belief is that it's impossible to have too many ;) On the other hand...my still messy office-that-should-be-getting-turned-into-a-nursery begs to differ though.

Back in the day I worked at the library I was fortunate enough to have a boss who's mother was an avid crafter. She had a subscription to workbasket magazine for YEARS and kept all of the issues! When the time came for them to move into senior living, my boss asked if I had any interest in all of the issues. Oh, did I! Those little periodicals have such a warm place in my heart.

Whenever I need a little bit of design inspiration, all I need to do is pull out a few issues to page through, and inspiration never fails to hit me like a bolt of lightening! I am working on a whole bunch of design proposals this week. My goal is to send out 2 or 3 ideas to 3 magazines in the next 2 weeks! Pulling together proposals has never been one of my favorite things. But I'll let you know a little secret...I am beginning to love it.

And on top of the inspiration...who doesn't love reading the advertising in pieces like this!

Putting proposals together is one thing that allows me to have a big time of drawing on my creative juices. It feels good just getting everything I want to get out of my head...well...out. I still loath the sketching part of the process...but I love the rest! The whole writing what I envision thing has been challenging to me as well, but I feel like blogging has really been helping me with my creative expression.

That lovely edging was today's inspiration. I worked on making a fabric inspired by the edging for a while this morning...but the gauge wasn't right. I was using a worsted weight yarn and a H hook. I definitely need to size up my hook or use a lighter weight yarn. So I'll begin anew tomorrow!

Happy Crocheting!

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