When I headed off to Fibre East with my knitting group last Saturday I wasn't expecting to find any Ladybird books, but that's exactly what I did find on the first stall I came across. Obviously destined to happen.
I've been looking out for a copy of Learning to Sew for years and was so pleased to find a copy in such good condition. Mrs Fox wrote about this for Ladybird Tuesday back in February and that just made me want a copy even more. The Hobbies and Interest series (633) to which this book belongs is certainly turning into a firm favourite.
First published in 1972 this book really shouts 70s to me. The pictures, especially the one of the sewing kit basics, have a very vintage feel to them and all the basic stitch projects remind me so much of first learning to sew at junior school and at home with my mum.
Somewhere my mum still has a needle case that I made for her at school which looks just like what you see in the picture above with colourful running stitch on Binca canvas.
Many of them are simple things like needle cases, pin cushions or a felt toy for a child, but all have a lovely innocent, vintage feel to them which would make them popular for anyone who enjoys the current retro revival.
Just as soon as I can find the time I look forward to trying out a few of these projects and hopefully they may turn into gifts for (dare I whisper it…) Christmas…
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