I got this stack of 70s craft magazines in a junk shop in Devizes a few years ago. That place was amazing, a multi-floored cavern of junk. It’s gone now, I think. Here’s some photos.There’s the usual ultra-cheesy raffia work projects and crocheted plant holders and so on, but the clothes patterns are actually mostly pretty nice, which is why I bought the magazines. What I’ve scanned is a mix of nice things and weird stuff though. I also couldn’t scan double page spreads very easily, because the binding on the magazines is dodgy, and I didn’t want to pull them about too much in case they broke. These issues are from 1972 and 1973. I have another issue from 1976, but it’s printed on much cheaper paper (the paper quality wasn’t sterling to begin with) and the contents are pretty dull.
I really like this style of illustration.
I have this dress dummy, it’s ubiquitous on ebay in the UK. It’s rubbish. Mine’s in cm only, which is annoying, because dress-making is still done in inches here.
Whoever bought this originally lived at Abbey Gardens, and had some felt tips that needed testing.
Electric scissors sound very alarming.
“Crochet your own poncho suit” is possibly the most 70s thing ever. It’s a beige woolen poncho, with matching beige trousers.
YEAH! MY VERY OWN POTATO!!!!