Butlins Holiday Camps were set up back in 1936, and were a fun destination for British workers up and down the country to go to with their families. Back in a time when foreign travel was not even thought about by working class people, Butlins offered excitement, shows, dancing and relaxation by the sea for many.
According to the Butlins website, Billy Butlin wanted to create a “place of colour and happiness” for everyone. This fantastic vintage 1950/60s Butlins tea towel sums up the colour and joy of the typical 1950/60s holiday. Printed with the typical 1950s black, red, yellow and blue colour scheme, this must-have rare collectible tea towel is available to buy in the yay retro shop now! Click the picture to find out more.
1950/60s Butlins Collectable Tea Towel for sale at yay retro
Back in the 1960/70s renowned illustrator Belinda Lyon was commissioned to design a range of Psychedelic animal tea towels for Oxfam. These are now very collectible indeed and rarely come up for sale. Happily, yay retro have a Dandylion, Daisy Cow and Fox design tea towel in stock to buy right now!
These Midcentury design classics are must-have items for your modern vintage home. The perfect artwork to frame for any room from lounge to bedroom, kitchen to dining room, office to craft room. Plus they are sure to draw admiring comments.
Click on the photos to find these fantastic Belinda Lyon tea towels and more.
Belinda Lyon Fox Tea Towel Designed for Oxfam
Belinda Lyon Daisy Cow Tea Towel Designed for Oxfam
Belinda Lyon Dandylion Tea Towel Designed for Oxfam
Handmade Crochet Throws and Blankets made by Sue of yay retro in Totnes, South Devon
Hi there, I'm Sue who runs yay retro! I make and sell handmade crocheted items. One of my most popular items are my throws and crochet blankets.
Often I create unique crochet throws using my own designs, like the retro spot throw above.
Because I love crocheting so much, I add different designs to my website most weeks, with colour themes and designs varying regularly. I always try to use colours that are in fashion, keeping a constant check on interior design trends. This means you are sure to find a throw that suits your home or that of a friend.
My new offset granny square designs with asymmetric stripes.
I have been knitting and crocheting for over 30 years and also hold a Fine Art degree from The Winchester School of Art. I think that this background in the arts adds a little *something* to all of the crochet I make and sell. What do you think? Why not take a look at everything I've made, including blankets and throws I've sold to date.
This blanket has the look and feel of the 1950s and early 60s., due to the colours chosen.
With the resurgence of Flower Power and Vintage styling, crochet is currently enjoying a massive boom in popularity. I always aim to have blankets available for those of you who love midcentury design. A well made crochet throw can add colour and texture to your home and is sure to attract lots of attention. I also make totally unique and unusual pattern and colour combinations...
Completely unique, one-off crochet blankets, which are designed as I make them....
If you like something it's worth snapping up as I probably won't ever make another the same! As I mentioned above, I create many crochet blanket designs out of my head, making pattern and colour decisions as I go along. This means that you would never find another the same anywhere. If you adore having lovingly made items in your home, which are unlike anything you can buy anywhere else, then yay retro is for you. You can even commission me to make something just for you. Simply get in touch. Pop in to yay retro now to see the huge range of crochet blankets and throws available to buy right now. - all hand made by myself in Totnes, Devon.
Did you know that yay retro now make and sell vintage fabric birds as well as handmade crochet? Made with genuine vintage 60s/70s fabrics, these colourful birds come in two sizes and are designed to bring joy and colour to your home.
Hang on the wall, on your indoor plants, off of a shelf or on the handle of your furniture. Why not buy several and create a wall display?
Each bird is completely unique to create it's own personal character. Why not explore the birds I have for sale now?
At yay retro we love 1960/70s vintage tea towels, do you?
Many of you will know that yay retro were originally specialist vintage sellers. Recently I have been desperate to have some vintage pieces in my shop again....So for 2022 you will be able to buy all the handmade crocheted items you've come to love, PLUS handmade vintage fabric birds and NOW collectable vintage tea towels too! Whether you love vintage Flower Power fabric tea towels or particular designers such as Belinda Lyon or Harry Butterworth, then yay retro is the place to come and shop.
Belinda Lyon Tea Towels are super collectable
Vintage tea towels are wonderful framed or hung from a wooden baton in any room in your home. Obviously each tea towel is a rarely found thing, so if you find one you love it's a great idea to snap it up! Love 1960 and 70s daisy designs? Masses of bright orange and yellow huge florals or kitsch 1950s designs?....Whatever style you love pop in to check out the vintage tea towels we have for sale right now.
After a long old winter, today was the perfect day here in Devon, to take some breezy photos of the crocheted throws and blankets I have for sale. All of these super soft blankets or throws are ideal for year round loveliness in your home, camper van or caravan. Use them to add colour and texture to any room in your home, or mobile home! From the lounge to the bedroom and everywhere in between.
I know that many of my customers like to use my smaller crochet blankets as pretty additions to their lounge or bedroom decor. Draped over a chair back or popped on a bed or cabinet. These soften a space and add visual texture and brightness to any interior, whilst being a sweet lap warmer for an adult or a fun cuddle blanket for children. My grandchildren always make a bee-line for the blankets in my lounge all year round!
Ideal as lightweight, compact picnic blankets. These beauties add that bit of cheery pzazz to any trip out, and being super easy to wash and incredibly fast to dry what better item to have handy for day trips. We keep a crocheted blanket handy in our family beach hut, and they always travel with us to the beach and on walks too.
In fact with many of us eating and drinking outside now, my crochet blankets have also been known to take a trip or two to the pub to snuggle with when the sun goes down of an evening! Why not snap one of these lovely crocheted blankets up in the yay retro shop today? If you would like a bigger blanket, simply get in touch for a quotation and to discuss your requirements. I make blankets from baby size through to super king size.
A few years ago I wrote a blog article about a waistcoat I had crocheted using slightly floral granny squares. This was a feminine version of Paul McCartney's infamous garment worn in the 1960/70s. Now I have made a unisex version using traditional granny squares, which makes it pretty much the same design as Paul McCartney's, and more suited to both men and women.
Although Paul's was edged in pale grey, and made with a regular woollen yarn, I have invested in a superior cotton based yarn so that it hangs better and is more hardwearing. I have chosen a charcoal edging, of Drops Cotton Light yarn, which is 100% cotton. This makes the colours stand out and be much more zingy. The centres of the squares are made using Scheepjes Stone and Riverwashed yarns which are 80% Cotton and 20% Acrylic and you can purchase these in a mixed colour pack of 52 x 50gram balls.
Crochet Waistcoat facts:
- You can pretty much follow my original pattern found here, though make the squares using a traditional granny square design instead.
- I made 102 squares for this particular waistcoat, and a slightly different layout.
- Each square took approx 10.5 minutes to make. So 18 hours of solid crocheting.
- Sewing the waistcoat together and completing the edging took approx 8 hours.
- [So a total of 26 hours non stop work.]
- Made for approx 38-42" Chest, the waistcoat weighs 550 grams
- I used approx 250gm of Drops Cotton Light yarn and approx 400 grams of Scheepjes River & Stonewashed Cotton/Acrylic yarn in an array of colours from a colour pack of 50gm balls (nb. the excess is natural waste from the crocheting process)
- Note this design layout is very slightly different to my original pattern
A Crochet Waistcoat is 'the' distinctive fashion statement, and really easy to wear, just throw it over a long or short sleeved t shirt! They are also really warm and ideal as a summer cover up on cooler days. If you would like to commission me to make you a waistcoat please get in touch. Prices will range depending on size and yarn used.... from £95 for a smaller adult with regular acrylic yarn to £160+ for cotton rich yarn like this.
Where can you buy funky Retro Styled Crocheted Cardigans and Jackets - yay retro of course! I love to crochet fun clothes using bright colours and soft yarns, making them very easy to wear. Here's the Join The Dots Cardy designed by Katie Jones, which is bright, breezy and warm and sure to gain lots of cheery comments!
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Another Katie Jones pattern I've made a few times is the Blooming Bomber Jacket, this particular colour way is available in my sale.
I've made it in other colours too, and also with different pockets. These designs are really exciting and unlike anything you would find in a high street shop! I can make these in a range of colours and sizes for you.
If you love this kind of outfit, why not get in touch to discuss your ideas and sizing to get a quotation?
I've just completed a crocheted wedding bouquet. An exciting first for me and I have to say it was fabulous creating it for one of my most supportive customers! I had been working closely with the bride-to-be deciding upon a pattern for a wedding shawl, when it came to me that perhaps a wedding bouquet might be a lovely idea as it can be kept afterwards.
First of all I needed to work out how the flowers would be supported and mounted, and finding some youtube videos on bouquets made of brooches, decided upon using a polystyrene sphere mounted on a wooden handle. The most difficult part of this exercise was covering the handle in ribbon!
I then created an array of flowers and leaves trialling the use of pearl headed and sparkly pins to both be a feature of the flower, and also a means by which to firmly attach them to the sphere. (Obviously, having used pins this means this style of bouquet would be for an adult only). Crochet flower and leaf patterns can be found in books and online, although if you are like me you will find that you can very quickly design your own once you understand the principles. I used Scheepjes River and Stonewashed cotton rich yarns for their artistic top quality finish and also Drops Muskat which has a matte look and Drops Paris which has a mercerised sheen as a contrast.
Once I had created an array, these were carefully pinned on to the sphere in the manner of a floral bouquet. Plenty of different leaves, including a long trailing fern style leaf I designed to fill spaces added to the overall effect. I made sure to include teeny forget me nots, pansy shapes, daisies and asters, and found that different hook sizes, and thickness of yarns enabled me to make different sizes for more visual impact. My customer has kindly written to say it's "The most magical and beautiful wedding bouquet I have ever seen", and I'm thrilled to say that her intention is to keep it forever as a reminder of her happy day.
Like me you may find this instructables page on a crochet bouquet helpful too