This is the scary looking chap that guards our telephone in the front room… As part of the start of yet another collection, I felt it was time that some vintage sewing made an appearance in the form of some vintage toys. I’ve got a few old or at least retro-inspired toys now and some fabulous 70s handicraft books featuring even more. Read on to see the delights of toys from yesteryear! (See how many you remember from various grandparents’ houses…)
I’ve Googled the ‘Airspanded Kapok’ and all I’ve managed to find is a retro owl toy for sale which tantalisingly has the phrase: “Made in the 1970s, label missing, but appears the same as ‘Leroy the lion’ (shown above) great condition.” Now this owl does look to be of the same design of my lion, so perhaps I do have a Leroy. However, another quick search has come up fruitless.
At first glance, I thought my next toy was another retro one from the same era as the lion:
However, it turns out this is not so. There is a very prominent label on his underside proclaiming that he is handmade in Sri Lanka. The material and colours both look retro, which is why I purchased him anyway – there was no way I could leave him behind! He looks fairly forlorn as it is; perhaps jealous that he’s not truly retro like the newly-christened Leroy Lion…
This is the front cover of my favourite retro handicrafts book: a St. Michael’s one from the 70s. Off the top of my head (i.e., I can’t be bothered to walk back downstairs to where the bookcase is to look), it’s from ’76. I think. Anyway, it contains some absolute gems. The doggie on the front is enough for me to love it, but just take a look at some of the other little (and some big!) toys you could make:
The owl above and the following lion can also be found on this Flickr group.
He sits quite happily atop the Mousey stool in the bedroom and just adds to the splashes of colour provided by all of the German pots. One day I’ll make him a companion, but for now he’s definitely one of a kind.