Craft

The Australian Women's Weekly - - 85 years -

De­spite the rise of cheaper goods and con­sumer cul­ture af­ter World War II, The Weekly con­tin­ued to bring craft to read­ers, who have been whip­ping up a huge va­ri­ety of clothes, toys, house­hold ob­jects and gifts from mag­a­zine pat­terns for many decades. The craft on of­fer has in­cluded ev­ery­thing from em­broi­dery and clas­sic men’s sweaters from the ’30s, socks to knit for soldiers, baby knits, ir­re­sistible bears, spec­tac­u­lar smocked dresses, cro­cheted tutty rugs, “small gifts and things to make for fetes”, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, patch­work quilts, folk art paint­ings, and “a wide va­ri­ety of Aus­tralian mo­tifs to knit and stitch”.

Home-knit­ted ski hats (above) were a big hit with read­ers in the 1970s, some of which would have been more suit­able for a bank heist than the slopes. As The Weeky urged read­ers, “The mad cap on the cover – pulled down over the ears and with cut-outs for eyes – would make a con­ver­sa­tion piece in any ski wardrobe”.

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