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maryliz
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maryliz
1058 days ago
 
I wonder how many of us have crafts or heirlooms that have been handed down to us for safekeeping....or experienced crafting before the vast array of present day materials to entice us to "try something new". I have for example a christening gown which was beautifully hand made which must be well over 150 years old....and experiences of being a child in wartime World War 2....buzz word being Make do and Mend, so imagination took over to make all kinds of things from rag rugs to fairisle knitting from unpulled sweaters......clothes were rationed during wartime and patchwork,...rag dolls etc. were made from imagination and things to hand...could be fun to see what we can come up with....I have a rag doll that I made to show school children a few years ago as a sample of the type of dolls. One little group I ran a few years ago made some rag dolls. Even Chrisstmas decorations were made from newspapers...etc...so dig out your heirlooms and lets see what we can come up with...may start a new trend from old ideas........
  
Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
1058 days ago
 
Sounds a very interesting subject, would love to see what people share , not sure I kept much from the good old days though mary.
I remember making dolls houses from cardboard and the furniture from matchbox and used nail polish as glue. As a child always making things but I suppose we all did then. Plaster of Paris and rubber moulds was a favourite
  
Lindylo
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Lindylo
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I can remember being sat down to make a doll from dolly pegs by painting on a face and making clothes from old scraps of material.
  
Towst
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Towst
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I remember making peg dolls and a doll from a wooden spoon that I made by myself from instructions in the Sunday supplements that came with my dad's Sunday newspaper. I also remember my mom making me a carrycot from some cardboard boxes and covering them in fabric. My mom made party dresses and dressing up clothes and dolls clothes for us. She also would knit for us. But over time all those things are lost. When I moved to the US I had to get rid of surplus stuff, no hoarding things when you make a big move like that.

One thing I do have is a peg board that my granddad's granddad made when he was an apprentice. It is made of brass and on the underside you can see all the mistakes he made as he was trying to figure out the placement of the holes. My grandmother always kept it on display in her hearth and when I was young I asked what it was. She showed me how to play dominoes and use the peg board to keep score, I liked playing and she promised me the peg board one day. When she died it turns out she had made it crystal clear to several family members that the peg board was mine and they were to make sure I got it. She was quite fierce so despite several other people wanting it, it did come to me.
  
PinkPuppy
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PinkPuppy
1058 days ago
 
Have sticky posted this for you Mary I’ll find all this very interested as it was all way before my time so it’s lovely to see what others used to do or have to do 😊
  
Goose
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1058 days ago
 
I had a carry cot for my doll made out of 2 cardboard boxes.

Dolls bed was made by my dad out of a wooden crate that he down cut out lots of pieces then nailed it together . I made mattress and pillow out of an old pillow case stuffed with my mans laddered stockings she was finished with.

The blanket was cut from old curtains.

Sadly I haven’t got either but do have lots of memories.

My old crafts apart from woodwork whilst helping my dad was learning how to repair shoes - replacing soles and heels
In those days it wasn’t a shaped bit of rubber but a piece of leather that was nailed on then cut to shape.

The usual crafts knitting crochet and sewing were also learnt at an early age with pulled out woollies and curtain sample books along with outgrown clothes.

It’s lovely to look back and remember. This was in mid 50’s a bit later than the war but still in poor times
  
maryliz
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maryliz
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Wow, already quite some feedback on this....I can relate so many things from wartime as was 4 years old when war broke out...we had no electricity...had oil lamps etc...and gas. Some intersting things to relate so watch this space for the Golden Oldie of the group....from learning to knit and crochet at 5 years of age etc....and how most girls learned to knit and what we did with that knitting......anyway...watch this space........
  
maryliz
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maryliz
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I remember.......picture this........a schoolroom with a pot bellie stove fuelled by wood...young children shoes all around to dry them out before home time.......the school teacher, quite stern would tap a ruler (rather sharply) across knuckles of any child who was found talking or being annoying. I had blood specked knuckles many time and literally hated that teacher...then ...knitting time...a whole hour...I excelled at this, but the wool a rather rough wool in uninteresting grey....but knitting pins (made of bakelite I think) as plastic not invented then...so had to be careful they didn't break...(the thought of that tap on the knuckles with a ruler made us careful)...My mother had taught me to knit basic stitches, so was well away...plin knitting, squares....which were made into blankets for the "war effort" soldiers when injured etc. My school friends told me to knit LARGE stitches as they knitted squares up quicker, but of course they were still learning...little Miss Mary thought she was king of the crop. Little bits of wool left over would all be put in a special bag for some special purpose...no idea what at this stage.... I loved crochet and watched my mother with her ball of cotton make doilies etc. for dressing tables for friends for Christmas...so.....I learned to crochet.....that's another story.

I like the ideas of cardboard boxes Goose, yes we used all sorts of things and imagination came into full force...do ou reember the use of matchboxes...we used those for miniature dolls.... the matchbox became a miniature bed and we kept it in our pockets.

I like the idea of repairing shoes...how our imagination worked in difficult times.......amazing.

We lived at the back of a shoe shop (Freeman Hardy and Willis) our Dad was manager of the shop....shoe boxes were usually torn up and used as fuel under the boiler in the back kitchen to boil water for clothes washing in the "old copper". My younger brother and I would rescue some of the shoe boxes, put string between, line up kitchen chairs and the whole scenario became our very own special train station with windows drawn on the boxes etc. that's my lot for today.
  
Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
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We learned to knit and crochet and sew at school in those days ,my favourite subjects, the sewing machine was a treddle how I longed to own one, do you remember making things from plasticine , I hated my colours becoming mixed. And scraps which we swapped with our friends
  
maryliz
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maryliz
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Crafty nannie said 1057 days ago:
We learned to knit and crochet and sew at school in those days ,my favourite subjects, the sewing machine was a treddle how I longed to own one, do you remember making things from plasticine , I hated my colours becoming mixed. And scraps which we swapped with our friends

Oh, plasticine, yes Liz I remember that...parents used to hate it when it trod into things, or if we put it in our pockets how sticky it became in the wash.. I remember how my younger brother and I used to use my mothers hand sewing machine to make "stamps" ;perforated squares then sticking them on with a paste made from flour and water....what a mess that must have been.

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