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What Came In The Mail

Filed under: Blogfriends,Books,Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 5:17 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Saturday was a good day at the Post Office. First up was this little doggie:


I’ve been reading blogs for nearly two years now, and this is the first time I’ve ever won a blog contest! Over at Maize’s Diary, Crafty Mommy Maize Hutton (creator of the handmade, recycled silver jewelry known as Mommy Tags) has a drawing every week called Crafty Karma Tuesday. The prize is always some great little thing she handcrafted, and last week, it was the little felt doggy known as Mitzy. Mitzy has come to live with me now, and here you see her getting her household orientation from my Pointy Kitty, Blue Speckle.

Thanks, Maize!

The other postal arrival was a complimentary copy of the new book, Threadbared. I’d been surprised a couple of weeks before to receive an e-mail from an editor at Random House offering this to me, but, hey – I enjoy the Threadbared blog, so I thought, why not?

Threadbared Comp Copy

What this is not: It’s not a how-to book, there are no patterns.

What this is: More of an “oh, dear god, please don’t!” book.

It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at vintage pattern flyers and books, sewing pattern packets, and more. While in some cases the designs themselves are worthy of mockery, more often than not it’s the styling of the photos, or the poses of the models themselves, that brings the laughs.

I haven’t sat down and read this book extensively yet, but have been dipping into it here and there at random. (It lends itself well to that approach.) So far, I have exactly one complaint about the book. And true to the spirit of Threadbared itself, it’s a problem with the styling of the book, not the content.

Here’s the issue: every single photo inside is presented in a vintage-looking blue-on-tan color. Granted, many patterns in early decades (40’s, 50’s) were actually published that way. But this book also includes dozens of pictures of patterns that were originally presented in full color.

The error in judgment becomes even more clear when you read the accompanying text – which clearly presumed that the pictures would be shown in full color. Here, for instance, the text specifically references the “pink-clad Casanova at the bottom right” in the “amber-colored glasses.”

Threadbared Interior Pictures

This color choice is clearly a stylistic one, but I think it was a bad decision. Much of the fun of the patterns they mock in more recent decades came in the color choices the pattern designers made, and that effect is completely lost here. You just know that the big-shouldered sweaters shown from the 80’s weren’t printed in black-and-white! And what about the psychedelic patterns from the 60’s and 70’s?

If you can look beyond that issue, however, Threadbared promises to be an amusing, nostalgic look at past styles in the sewing, knitting, and crafting world. I just hope they one day offer a Colorized version!

1 Comment


Comment by Claudia

December 8, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

Still bouncing this is the message:

The user does not accept email in non-Western (non-Latin) character sets.

and wordpress wouldn’t let me post this comment on your most recent post – it called it a duplicate!

Anyway, I just went to our local Fellowship Community shop to look for spoons (and get fresh milk from their cows) only to find the thrift store part closed today for lack of help – sigh. I’ll be going to another shop next week and hopefully I’ll find spoons there. Until then, I don’t want to post my address in your comments, but I’ll get it to you when your email issue is resolved

Happy spoon shopping!

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