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”? 🙂
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 ça change, plus c’est la même chose?
Do you have memories of crafting magazines from the past? What were your favourites and why? I’d love to hear about them!