Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Patterns of the Past - Doe and Fawn


A cross-stitch pattern offered in McCall's Needlework and Crafts, Winter 1955-56 for a dollar fifty-nine.

15 comments:

lillyella said...

oh ive been trying to find this pattern! Do you happen to know if its available anywhere? fat chance, I know :)

Shay said...

No, unfortunately this is a scanned advertisement from a magazine. I wish!

Mrs G said...

I have the directions for this. I am looking for the companion piece Stag at Eve

Shay said...

Whoever owns the right to these older patterns is really missing a trick -- they should be reissued (maybe as a collection on CD).

Anonymous said...

oh my, brings back memories of my family home, my mom stitched this!
- Carolyn

Anonymous said...

I have this pattern as well as stag at eve, mallards and ducks and a bunch of floral ones. They were my moms.

Joe

Shay said...

You are lucky. My grandmother sewed and embroidered for seventy years and...ARGH!...got rid of all of her older patterns before she died. I could have cried.

Anonymous said...

I bought this last year - it's huge! Will take ages when I do make a start. It is really lovely though!

Linda James said...

I bought this framed at Goodwill last week . Framed it is 36 x 30! It is signed on the back made by Doris Campbell June 20, 1951. It made me sad that the family didn't keep it.

Shay said...

You run across them in thrift shops -- the embroidered and knitted/crocheted pieces that the family doesn't want (assuming there is a family).

Anonymous said...

I just acquired this pattern and material from my grandmother still in its original package. My grandmother had already copied it onto a piece of material. Does anyone know if the colors are DMC?

Shay said...

I'll see if I can find the magazine -- right now my sewing/craft room looks like a tornado struck it.

Given the dominance in the US market of the DMC brand, it's very possible. Have you tried taking the kit chart into a needlework shop and comparing the colors?

Anonymous said...

Yes DMC .. the magazine I have shows the Stag that matches the doe and fawn. Color numbers too if needed.

Shay said...

Okay -- took me long enough but I went through six issues of MNC starting in 1956 and although the kits were not advertised in every issue, I did find three of them.

They had to be ordered from a New Jersey-based department store chain called Bambergers. At first you could order either the pattern, or the kit that included the embroidery floss - presumably the pattern included a chart with recommended colors. By 1959 you could only order the kit.

The ads unfortunately don't contain any information on the floss at all, nor are there any color charts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamberger's

Sorry!

Shay said...

Whoops! I found this on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/McCalls-Craft-Book-Woodland-Friends-to-Cross-Stitch-Stag-Dogs-Ducks-Fawn-/182484494760?hash=item2a7cec69a8:g:Y8QAAOSwSlBYwv78

Maybe the vendor can tell you if there's a chart included.