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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thinking poem, Mollie makes, and antique Sajou patterns....

I wanted to share with my readers a  wonderful little poem,  which I firmly believe everyone should take the time to commit to memory !


If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

Walter D. Wintle


Sail boat
Sajou dog
   Here are some photos of two antique Sajou patterns I recently re-charted. The patterns are monochrome, and would have been used to make filet crochet, or lacis squares. The squares could then be stitched together to make a bedspread, cushion cover, or  as an insert for other household or decorative linens. 

   Monochrome patterns can also be used with Hama beads, petit seed beads, miniatures,  cross stitch, tapestry, knitting, and any other form of counted embroidery or craft project.

   I would love to see someone re-create antique embroidery patterns with legos...

   The re-charted patterns are available here, along with other antique monochrome charts:

Most Sajou patterns have an impressive collection of award stamps.


     I came home from work one afternoon to find that my 9 years old daughter- Emilie, had ripped open the package of my Mollie Makes magazine, and tore through the paper envelope of the accompanying free gift.

     She likes to do arts-and-crafts, and declared that she was simply looking for good ideas...As would be expected, in her eagerness she must have dropped everything on the floor so some items went missing... namely the gaudy blue plastic button that was meant to adorn the brooch kit.

     In a way it worked out well, as the blue button was rather ugly and when I made up the little floral cloth brooch I used an old button from my stash ( which I hide from my daughters... for good reasons ! ).

Mollie Makes issue 39

Little floral brooch that took no more than 10 mns to make

The little felt bit, covers nicely the loose threads and holds everything in place.

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