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Thrift to Fantasy

Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s-1950s

By Rosemary McLeod

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Format: Paperback
Other Information: Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports.
Published In: New Zealand, 01 April 2005
Rosemary McCleod has one of this country's largest collections of women's handcrafts. When it was exhibited at the Dowse gallery, almost 40,000 women of all ages came to see it, and the idea for this book was born. In her own words: "My collection began when I held onto items made by women in my own family when they died. I still have items made by my great grandmother, grandmother and my mother. I began collecting other objects about 20 years ago. I found them in thrift shops and bought them because they seemed to tell a story I knew from my own background." In Thrift to Fantasy, Rosemary has used them to brilliant effect, creating a unique social and personal history of their makers - women and girls who dreamed about a life beyond the farm gate and worked those dreams into reality, using the simple materials they had to hand. From rag rugs to felt handbags, from patchwork quilts to sacking aprons, from knitted panties to topsy-turvy dolls, they provide a unique insight into women's art and creativity in a new country learning its own nature. Superbly illustrated with hundreds of examples from the 30s, 40s and 50s and designed by Sarah Maxey, this book is destined to become a classic.
EAN: 9781869505097
ISBN: 1869505093
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
Dimensions: 23.5 x 22 x 1.8 centimetres (0.87 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Denise Peacocke on
 
Thanks for a great book in fabulous condition . I have started reading and it is so well written and informative. I can see that it is a brilliant record of our history and records the lives on woman gone before us. Would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in craft or domestic life in the early days.
Samantha eames on
 
This is a very hiddern treasure. With retro back in this book is fantatsic it is full of many ideas and even though some of them are not very modern in the textiles enviroment at the moment. I found that the ideas in the book are very solid and can be adapted to be modern and to also incorpirate a modern twist with a retro element. I was very impressed with book i think that this book is a classic and one day there will be a craft book looking back at the 90's and 00's comparing the then to now.
Joy Mary Spray on
 
This book is a great trip down memory lane. I found it so enjoyable that I purchased a copy for my sister-in-law for her birthday recently.
So many of the craft items pictured in this book will trigger bursts of
memories of afternoon teas spent in the homes of relatives, treasured
items found in grandmothers and mothers collections or a strong desire to replicate some familiar designs.

Rosemary McLeod has done an excellent job in putting together this
wonderful history of New Zealand craft. She brings her own family
story to this book, which only enhances the result, and I would recommend it as a gift for a favourite friend, relative or anyone interested in craft history.
Melanie d'Heureuse on
 
This book had me riveted as much as any novel and I was so glad I was able to have it delivered from NZ to Europe.

What a great personal documentational history, as well as an excellent insight into the position of women in New Zealand in this period between the world wars. Anyone interested in social history will find this book extremely interesting, and those who are fascinated by the handicrafts produced by women to enhance their homes and their lives during thos difficult times will, too. It never ceases to amaze me how people, women in particular, cope with hard times and I would hate these skills to be lost.

There are a number of books about this period in Britain and presumably in America, too. This is the first and possibly only one about New Zealand - I am an overseas reader and appreciated this opportunity to find out a lot more about your country, making me want to know more still!
Melanie d'Heureuse on
 
This book had me riveted as much as any novel and I was so glad I was able to have it delivered from NZ to Europe.

What a great personal documentational history, as well as an excellent insight into the position of women in New Zealand in this period between the world wars. Anyone interested in social history will find this book extremely interesting, and those who are fascinated by the handicrafts produced by women to enhance their homes and their lives during thos difficult times will, too. It never ceases to amaze me how people, women in particular, cope with hard times and I would hate these skills to be lost.

There are a number of books about this period in Britain and presumably in America, too. This is the first and possibly only one about New Zealand - I am an overseas reader and appreciated this opportunity to find out a lot more about your country, making me want to know more still!

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