Women’s Vintage Magazines 1960-1980


Women’s Vintage Magazines 1960-1980 – A Perusal of Grandma’s Magazines

Women's Vintage Magazines 1960-1980This is about vintage women’s magazines, like my grandma’s, in 1960-1980.  Have you heard of The Workbasket and Women’s Household?  Within their covers, articles and patterns for quilt blocks, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and sewing fill the pages.  Recipe sharing by readers could be found in a special section.  You could also find the hottest craft items to make for craft fairs.  My perusal of these magazines dated between 1960 and 1980 concluded a homemaker must have waited each month for the arrival of both of these magazines.

A point of interest was the change in prices of the magazines over the years.  Also, to have a classified ad printed cost increased in both magazines, however the difference in prices was considerable.  Women’s Household was charging 30 cents per word in 1972.  In contrast, The Workbasket in the same year was charging $2.50 per word.  The format was exactly the same and appeared to be from the same provider.  Perhaps The Workbasket exposure was greater, offering opportunity for more response.

Homemakers were the focal group of these two women’s vintage magazines during 1960-1980.  In fact, Women’s Household subtitle read “Where good and friendly neighbors meet”.  Do you know or have perused other vintage women’s magazines?

I am not really clear on how it came that I got my grandma’s magazines, but they are truly special to me.  I could not stop thinking possibly I was reading the same articles Grandma read.  She left clues to why she kept each magazine by writing on the cover what was inside that interested her.   I’m so happy to have this little bit of Grandma in my sewing room.

The role of women was evolving even when Grandma jotted down those notes.  Some of those recipes my grandma marked are as good today as they were when she made them, most likely.  Okay, I don’t think sauerkraut is good no matter when it is made.  Sorry, Grandma!

Organizing a Workable Sewing Room

January 18th already!  Let’s take a look back and see what I’ve accomplished.  Organizing my room was pretty much done going into the week, although it is never really done.  See where I started and how I got here – Organization – What Works and Organizing Quilting UFOs

Organizing – An Ongoing Process

I put things I was unsure what I was going to do with in a corner out of my way.  Next, those items I was ready to put where they go cluttered my work space.






An inspiration Table

What to some looks like I just made a new unorganized mess, it is organized based on what I will be working on this year.  Where my cutting area use to be is now where I have displayed the fabrics, etc. used in my Judy line.

Inspiration happens when I see the chenille and other unique fabrics for clothing.  Today I have sketched out four potential items – a bolero top with “tails” in the back (think bull fighter), a jacket, a patchwork vest, and a jacket with comfy pull up pants with wide elastic waistband.  Next step will be constructing patterns.



New Location of the Cutting Area

This is now where I will be cutting.  Some UFOs are crowding the cutting mat.   Good reminder I need to work on them, plus there wasn’t anywhere else to stack them.

On the Shelves





Plastic cases and bins house the UFOs and kits.  On the top shelf are some of the sewing machines my students used.

One Item Completed; One Box of Scraps Ignored

I finished the Christmas applique table runner.  I added a back, stitched in the ditch to hold it with no other quilting, and folded the back over to the front and stitched it down!  One more finished!  And the overflowing basket of scraps I’m trying my best to ignore.  I will get to it some day.

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