Historic Craft

thank you to pin tangle for pointing me to the antique pattern library – lots of lovely downloadable patterns that are now out of copyright. (image below is from Les Fables de La Fontaine.) As well as needlework, there is crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns – books and booklets – fantastic resource.

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Homemade by jill has a lovely tutorial on personalising your own matryoshka doll set (also known as Russian nested doll or a babushka doll).


Excellent 5 part series from Sunshine’s creations in how to repair a vintage crochet afghan.

repairs to a vintage crochet afghan

repairs to a vintage crochet afghan


wow – viking shoes – this is just incredible – via the crafty crow – there is super colourful version here too – and the tutorial is here.



I love this grass roots quilt-barn movement, it began in 2001 and has spread to 16 states and 900 barns across America – it is a celebration of quilting heritage and historic barns & architecture.
Each barn has a quilt square painted on it – find out more here. Links: Kentucky quilt trail : Appalachian quilt trail : background to quilt barn story.


Quilt barn at historic Yancey Tavern on Hwy. 126, Sullivan County [image from here]