Gay Gadgets | Book No. 121 | The Spool Cotton Company

Gay Gadgets | Book No. 121 | The Spool Cotton Company

Gay Gadgets
Book 121
The Spool Cotton Company
Original Copyright 1938

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Patterns Included: 
Sea Shells Purse, Chair Seat, two Pillow Tops, Tailored Boutonniere, Sweet Pea Corsage, Glass Jackets, Crocheted Knitting Bag, two Pot Holders, four Curtain Pulls, Tassel Belt, Bag and Belt Set, Turtle Coasters, Victorian Pin Cushion, Pumpkin Pin Cushion, Drum Pin Cushion, Heart Pin Cushion, three Towel Edgings, Bedroom Slippers, Beach Sandals, Crocheted Hot Plate Set, Foot Stool, Square Compact Cover, Round Compact Cover, Peasant Stripe Belt, Corded Hot Plate Set, Pom Pom, Two-Color Pom Pom, Knitting Bag.

GAY GADGETS

Between the covers of this book you will find a grand collection of light-hearted pick-up work! It isn't only the ability to crochet bedspreads and tablecloths that marks the devotee of the crochet hook … she finds lots of fun, too, in crocheting gay little gadgets with a ball or so of bright colored thread.

And what an opportunity for giving different looking gifts when anni­versaries, birthdays, and Christmasses roll along! A bride-to-be will thrill over the sombrero glass holders … while the man of the house would take that nice looking Indian pillow right to his heart! But, best of all, the home- seeker who crochets can add charming touches to her own home, or find here brand new fashion ideas that will perk up her wardrobe.


Place Card Xmas Tree Pattern

Place Card Xmas Tree Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" KNITTING WORSTED
1 oz. Green or Color of your choice.
8 inch length of medium wire.
Small section aluminum foil and cardboard.

Cut skein into 2 inch lengths. Thread 3 strands of yarn onto wire, bend wire back over yarn for top of tree. With free end of wire, continue threading yarn onto wire to within one inch and until wire is comfortably full.
Cut 2 sections of cardboard 2 inches in diameter. Punch hole in center of one section. Cover both sections of cardboard with aluminum foil. Place free end of wire through hole, bend and attach securely. Place 2nd cardboard over bottom and staple (or paste) 2 sections together.
If desired, tree may be sprayed with snow or trimmed as desired. We pasted jeweled sequins here and there and wound silver tying cord as illustrated. We made a Star for top of tree. (Follow directions for Angel's halo for Star, only working 5 points and completing Star at center).
Print place card and attach to tree with fine wire.


Xmas Tree Pattern

Xmas Tree Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" STAR SPUN BULKY YARN, Article W-33M
2 oz. Silver or Color of your choice for 9 inch tree.
12" length Heavy Floral Wire.
Section of Aluminum Foil.
Tree Trimming desired.

Cut skein in half, then cut skein 3 times into 6 inch lengths, twice into 5 inch lengths, twice into 4 inch lengths, twice into 3 inch lengths, twice into 2 inch lengths and once into a 1 inch length.
To Shape Tree: Starting with 6 inch strand of yarn, thread yarn on to wire at center. Continue threading yarn onto wire graduating sizes from 6 inch strands to the 1 inch strands. Bend wire back over 3 strands of wire at top.
Cut 2 cardboard circles 6 inches in diameter. Puncture hole in center of one section. Cover both cardboard circles with aluminum foil. Place tree on top of one section of cardboard placing wire through center of cardboard. Bend wire securely under cardboard. Place 2nd section of cardboard on bottom and staple together.
Tree may be trimmed with beads and ribbon as illustrated or as desired.


Bird Pattern

Bird Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" BULKY YARN, Article W-33
2 oz. White or color of your choice
6 inch length medium wire
"Star" Six Strand Mercerized Embroidery Cotton, Article 50
1 skein Yellow for bill
Pink Sequins for neck, wings and tail.
2 Blue Sequins for eyes

Wind yarn 40 times over a 6 inch cardboard. Tie one end slip from cardboard, tie again about 1 inch from 1st tying for head, then tie again 2½ inches from last tying for body. Cut other end for tail. Comb or brush tail until fluffy. Stuff body with cotton or yarn. Sew pink sequins all around neck, then sew sequins in outline of wings as illustrated. Sew 2 blue sequins in place for eyes.
Thread 4 strands of "Dawn" Bulky through bill section and with "Star" Six Strand Mercerized Embroidery Cotton work ½" in buttonhole stitch over the 4 strands of Bulky to complete bill. Trim Bulky yarn and embroidery cotton.
Finish by winding "Dawn" Bulky Yarn over wire for feet, and attach in position as illustrated.


Small Santa Pattern

Small Santa Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" BULKY YARN, Article W-33
2 oz. Crimson
2 oz. White
2 yds. Medium Wire
2 Blue Jewel Sequins for eyes, Red Jewel Sequins for Nose

Santa's hat, arms, body and legs are made by threading 2" lengths of yarn through center on to specified lengths of wire. Thread 3 or 4 strands on to wire, then bend wire over the strands to secure end.
Head: Wind White 40 times over 3½ inch cardboard, tie both ends, fluff into ball shape. Sew blue sequins in place for eyes and red sequins in place for nose. (Tint face with face powder if desired.)
Eyebrows: Cut 12 – 1 inch strands of White. Sew 6 strands in place for each eyebrow.
Moustache: Wind White 30 times over 3½ inch cardboard. tie one end, cut other end. Brush and comb until fluffy. Attach in place.
Beard: Wind White 60 times over a 5 inch cardboard and complete same as moustache.
Cut remainder of White into 2 inch lengths, cut Crimson skein in half then cut into 2" lengths. Cut wire into 2 – 14 inch lengths (1 for arms and 1 for legs), 1 – 9 inch length for center section, 1 – 12 inch length for Crimson of hat and 1–9 inch length for White of hat. To assemble Santa – Starting with arm section, thread White onto wire for about 1 inch, then thread Crimson to within 1 inch of end, thread White onto remainder of wire. Thread 9" length for center section in Crimson. Thread leg section same as arm section. Fold leg section in half, fold body section in half, then fold body section around center of leg section, and join center section together at top. Fold arm section in half, pull through center section. Bind sections firmly at joinings. Wire head section and body section together firmly. Cut sufficient amount of 2" lengths of White in half for 9" section of hat. Thread on to wire and attach to head section. Thread 12 inch length of wire with Crimson for hat and complete one end with 1 inch of the 2 inch lengths in White. Attach to top of head section with wires, leaving 3" of this wire free of head section.


Christmas Cards Pattern

Christmas Cards Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" KNITTING WORSTED
⅓ ounce each Golf Green, Scarlet, White, National Blue, Amber and Black
Casein Glue and Art Paper

Fold art paper to desired size and shape.
Roughly sketch Tree, Wreath, Candle or Angel as pictured. Cut yarn into ¾ inch lengths. Completely cover sketch with glue then with ¾ inch lengths of yarn, cover design completely.
Angel–Cover dress with White. If desired, a suitable face from a magazine may be pasted in place. Wind Amber between fingers to form curl, then bring yarn around face and form curl on other side of face. Cut 2– 1 inch lengths of Scarlet for candles. Top each with a ¼ inch length Amber for flame. Wind Gold Christmas cord flat between fingers and paste in place for halo.
Christmas Tree–Cover tree completely with Green yarn, cut into ¾ inch lengths and placed in branch like position. Wind a 1½ inch length flat between fingers to form spiral and paste in place for Christmas balls. (We used Scarlet, Blue, Amber and White for balls).
Wreath–Work in same manner as Tree, having balls in Scarlet, Amber, Blue and White placed as illustrated. Tie an 8 inch length of Scarlet into bow and paste in place.
Snow Man–Sketch as desired. Wind a 7½ inch length of White flat between fingers for head and paste in place. Wind a 13 inch length flat between fingers for center section and paste in place, then wind a 20 inch length flat between fingers for lower section and paste in place. Wind a 1 inch length of Black flat between fingers for button and paste in place on center section. Work 2 more buttons in same manner. Wind a 1 inch length of Scarlet and paste in place for Nose. Separate a ⅜ inch length of Black in 2 parts and paste in place for Eyes. Paste a 1½ inch length of Scarlet in place for Mouth.
Scarf–Cut a 7 inch length of Amber. Wind one end flat to fit at Neck, paste in place. Paste tip of other end of scarf in place, cut free end of scarf at center and tie at neck edge.
Hat–Cut a 4 inch length of Green. Hold length of yarn between fingers, wind flat to form a length 1¼ inches. Paste in place for Hat trim. Cut a 3½ inch length for top of Hat and wind flat between fingers for top of Hat. Wind a 1 inch length of Amber for Hat trim and paste in place. (This card most effective if made on Black paper).
Candle–Cut three 1¼ inch lengths of Scarlet for candle. Paste in place. Cut 3¼ inch lengths of Amber and paste in place for flame. Paste ¾ inch lengths of Green and paste in branch-like position below candle.
Envelope–Take 2 sheets of paper, cut one same width and ½ inch shorter than length of card. Fold second sheet over 1st sheet to form ½ inch seam at bottom of envelope. Fold again to form top of envelope. Fold again at each side, trim at each side at top and each side at bottom to form ½ inch seam. Paste seam together. (If card is small enough for one length of paper, make envelope in same manner omitting seam at bottom of envelope).


Christmas Cards Pattern

Christmas Bubbles Ornament Pattern

Christmas Bubbles Ornament Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
AUNT LYDIA'S" HEAVY RUG YARN, Article 235
1 skein White or color of your choice.
1 Balloon.
Thick starch.

Prepare thick starch as follows: Dissolve ½ cup starch in ½ cup cold water. Boil 1¼ cups water, remove from flame, slowly stir starch mixture into boiling water. Place back on flame and let thicken stirring constantly. Let mixture cool slightly.
Inflate balloon to size desired. Fasten "Aunt Lydia's" Heavy Rug Yarn to top of balloon. Dip yarn into starch, wring slightly and then at will, wrap starched yarn around and around balloon, cut yarn. Secure a length of yarn at top of balloon; hang balloon and let yarn dry. When completely dry, deflate and remove balloon.
If desired, all starched strands may be covered with glue and dipped in glitter.
Tie with ribbon as illustrated or trim as desired.


Christmas Angel Pattern

Christmas Angel Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" BULKY YARN
2 ounces White
Aluminum Foil 20 inches x 16 inches for Wings.
Crinoline 10 inches x 8 inches for Wings.
Buckram 12 inches x 8 inches for Dress.
8 inch Doll.
1 pkg. each Glitter and Glitter Glue.
10 inches Gold Cord for Halo.

Dress: Cut dress section from buckram following pattern. Each square equals one inch. Cut skein of "DAWN" Bulky yarn in half, then cut into 3½ inch lengths. Place yarn vertically on buckram about 1 inch from lower edge and machine stitch yarn to buckram (leaving 1 inch free as shown on pattern for seaming). Have yarn comfortably full (about 6 strands to every ½ inch). With heavy comb or wire brush, brush strands of yarn gently until strands are all brushed through. * Place another row of yarn vertically on buckram about 1¼ inches above 1st row and complete in same manner. Repeat from * twice. Seam dress at center back with long running sts. Place dress over doll and seam shoulders. Dot skirt of dress with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
Wings: Cut wing section from crinoline following pattern. Cut 2 wing sections from aluminum foil. Place crinoline between foil sections and glue together. Attach in position.
Halo: With Gold Christmas Cord, fold a ½ inch loop and with "STAR" Mercerized Sewing Thread sew in place, fold another ½ inch loop and sew in place. Continue forming ½ inch loops until there are ten ½ inch loops. Sew securely, then attach to top of head of doll as illustrated.


Christmas Angel Pattern
Christmas Angel Pattern

Fluff Star Ornament Pattern

Fluff Star Ornament Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"Dawn" Star Spun Bulky Yarn
4 ounces Silver or color of your choice
½ yd. very stiff buckram will make 14 inch Star.

Cut 2 sections of buckram to size of Star desired.

Cut 2 skeins of yarn into 3 inch lengths. With one thickness of buckram and * starting in center of Star, machine stitch the 3 inch lengths of yarn to one point of Star (approximately 10 strands to ½ inch). Repeat from * until all points are covered. Machine stitch the 3 inch length of yarn from center of Star to between points of Star. Work other side of Star in same manner. Comb and brush each section until fluffy. Trim points to shape. Overcast both sections together. Trim as desired.


Christmas Pom Poms Pattern

Christmas Pom Poms Pattern

Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"DAWN" BULKY YARN
2 ounces White or Color of your choice will make 5 Fuzz balls.

Wind yarn 60 times over 3½ inch cardboard, remove yarn from cardboard, tie in center, cut both ends and trim slightly into ball shape. Comb or brush strands of yarn for fuzzy effect. Fuzz balls may be trimmed as desired, or may be fastened to velvet ribbon for garland effect.


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