1970's style! In this case, two felt wall calenders, which were all the rage in the 60's and 70's. While they still make them today, the are a bit too tame...these little gems are just a perfect slice o' the hippy era.
The first one is from 1972. Mine in the actual kit sports
groovy avocado green felt, the rest is as you see here. The idea is to
cut out the felt fruit shapes, sew on sequins & beads, stuff them
and attach them to the felt, giving a 3-D effect. Because otherwise,
you know...it might not be noticed. And don't forget, you're gonna have
to stare at this thing for an entire year. Good GOD.
I LOVE the designers name--Edna Looney is perfection itself.
better look at the kit's cover page of the finished product. That
toucan just looks SO happy to be there, and doesn't 1972 look like it's
after nearly 40 years, the felt looks brand new and the colors are
vibrant. The toucan is made of black velvet with specialty sequins for
his tail. It's amazing the thing survived this long!
instructions. Now, kits these days take GREAT pains to explain every
little thing, as if to an idiot child. NOT in 1972 bucko, this was IT.
It's, 'whip stitch' this and 'blind stitch' that. And they only
begrudgingly gave you this much help. I do love the elegant
little note left by the inspector, though. Rarely do you see
pre-printed 'thank you' notes with such panache.
On to the 1971 kit!
This one...this one...ahh, this one is a thing of wonder. At once the same and yet very different from the 1972 kit.
MORE SEQUINS, WE NEED MORE SEQUINS OVER HERE!
one came from Sears, and Sears in the 70's pretty much had a lock on
tacky. Here is the cover sheet showing the finished product. It crows
about how the kit is made from something called 'Nylocraft', which I
suspect is actually asbestos + felt in sheep's clothing. It has a
rather creepy feel to the hand.
And yes, you have to SEW ON every single one of those damned beads & sequins, no lame glue shortcuts here.
kit & instructions, such as they are. Again, they assume you
already know basic sewing stitches and have more than two brains cells
to work with.
closer view of the felt, pre-beading. The colors are stamped on good
& thick, by God, and the gold is blinding to the eye, even BEFORE
the bead & sequin combo is overlaid. No shortcuts.
Detail shot. Words alone cannot describe how much I'm loving the font of the text and the sassy expression on the birds.
Can't wait to get these done. I'm gonna start with this one!