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Ariadne

14 augustus 2012

My in-laws have been clearing out the attic recently, and my mum-in-law gave me a big box with hundreds of vintage issues of the magazine Ariadne. In name, it still lives on today as a magazine about interior decoration, but in the 60s, 70s and 80s it was aimed at the true, die-hard handicrafter.

For the past few evenings, I’ve been leafing through pages and pages on spinning, sewing, weaving, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, macrame, felting, etc, etc, and have been wondering if there ever was someone who actually did all this. I have a great regard for housewives and am quite sure that not one of them has the time to casually knit a trouser suit or weave a free-form wall tapestry.

Now, if I could find the time, I would love to knit a trouser suit; some of the patterns are really wonderful:

Others, however, are just plain hideous, even to the true retro lover…

So now, what to do with them? For the time being, I will just store them somewhere in their box, waiting for the day that I might need an instruction on spinning my own wool or embroidering a Balkan-style blouse…

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