Vintage Magazines

I opened a box file that was tucked away in the loft.

Look what I found!


A selection of Orella magazines from Switzerland, dating from 1985, 1986 and 1987! Does this make them “vintage”? πŸ™‚

Largely a crafting magazine, Orella was published monthly and included cooking, gardening and beauty tips too. Although my main focus was the knitting, I obviously liked one sewing design enough to send for the pattern, although I apparently changed my mind after all, as the pattern is intact!


Looking back through these issues, I was interested to see the similarities and differences compared to today’s magazines, not only in terms of the fashions (those shoulder pads!), but also the photography, the adverts and the overall format. Although dated, many of the articles and styles seem familiar, and even the adverts seem to be selling the same sort of things.

Plus Γ§a change, plus c’est la mΓͺme chose?

Do you have memories of crafting magazines from the past? What were your favourites and why? I’d love to hear about them!







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7 Responses to Vintage Magazines

  1. catterel says:

    I hope those shoulders NEVER EVER come back into fashion! That said, there are some nice garments there, where you might be able to adapt the pattern to a more classical look. But isn’t it fun just to look at these things?


    • yarnsmithery says:

      Fashions come and go … And come round again … So the chances are those shoulders will be back at some point πŸ˜‰ Yes, it was a lovely discovery and I enjoyed reminiscing! I wonder if there are more box files hiding up there? I’ll keep you posted! πŸ™‚


  2. MrsCraft says:

    If they are vintage then so am I! πŸ˜‚ I remember a magazine of my mum’s which had a strawberry cross stitch pattern that I was dying to try.


    • yarnsmithery says:

      Isn’t it funny what we remember from those old magazines? There weren’t as many publications around then either, so I think they had more impact and influence on us. Thanks for commenting and enjoy those crafty memories! πŸ™‚

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  3. swissrose says:

    I have a year’s worth of Stitchcraft – 1935/36! Lovely to browse…
    And I enjoyed a copy of “freundin” from Nov 1983 not so long ago – all so familiar and yet so dated, now ;o I must see if anyone is offering Orella on the auctions!


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