18th & 19th Century Homespun Handicrafts 18" Doll Accessory Pattern

50th Pattern Published!

The Flossie Potter "18th & 19th Century Homespun Handicrafts" pattern shows you how to make a drop spindle, knitting needles, and embroidery for 18" dolls' displays. Conventional tools can be used, but some unconventional "tool" options using everyday household items are given, as well.

Long ago, these crafts were part of a young girl's "education." While at first the crafts were used to make necessities, they later were used as luxuries, and are still popular today!

(Pair this pattern with Flossie Potter's "Sisters" dress pattern pictured in some of the photos, when it becomes available in June, 2017.)


Supplies Needed:
1/3 yd (makes 8 embroidery pieces) Kona cotton
18" long floral stem wire (18 gauge - white is best) 1 piece/doll for holding the hoop
Two 3" wooden embroidery hoops
Embroidery floss (6-ply)
Embroidery needle
Clear, tiny hair elastic bands

Drop Spindle:
Wooden dowel, 1/4" diameter (need 4" long per drop spindle)
Wooden toy wheel, 1" diameter with 1/4" hole (one needed per drop spindle)
5mm screw eye, approx. 1/2" total length (one needed per drop spindle)
Wood glue
5 yds fingering weight wool yarn
Roving that matches yarn color, small amount (approx. 3 square inches)
(optional) polyurethane and applicator brush

Knitting Needles:
2 wooden Tie Pegs (shaft is same diameter top to bottom)
Fingering weight wool yarn
Extra yarn for display

Small pencil sharpener
2 double point knitting needles,
(US size 3, UK/Canadian size 10, metric 3.25 mm)
Small piece of fine sandpaper -OR- emery board
Conventional tool: Needle nose pliers -OR-
Unconventional tool: Dinner fork (this actually works best)
Conventional tool: Small saw -OR-
Unconventional tools: Small gardening clippers and plastic wrap box, aluminum foil box, etc. (to use as a blade)
Cellophane tape

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 21 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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