Wednesday, 29 August 2012
A Quick and Easy Project in a Polish Book
We were rummaging around Bogusia's bookshelf and my husband pulled out a paperback for me. It was filled with line drawings showing dressmaking techniques, embroidery stitches, crochet, knitting, macramé and everything else you might expect to see.
Then on page 201 I stumbled on the project so many people have been searching for - How to Make a Car Cosy.
Well it can't be that hard, can it? Just two little illustrations and a page of explanation packed to bursting with zeds, you can just work it our for yourself. It's a loose cover for a settee only a slightly different shape. Just think of the possibilities. Why stick to a boring olive green waterproof fabric? Go for the English country house look in floral chintz with a ruffled valance, or be sophisticated and use a regency stripe with box pleats and piped seams. Otherwise, try a more updated version in 1970s oranges and pinks, or a children's special with appliquéd passengers waving from the windows.
We told Bogusia she and I had to get busy on her machine the very next day. I still can't understand why we never got started.
Next time you are scouring second hand bookshops, look out for Roboty i Robotki na Zimowe Wieczory by Stanislawa Podgorska, published in Warsaw in 1979. A must for your vintage bookshelf.