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PostPosted: 06 Sep 2018, 11:10 
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I still use my great-grandmother's willow pattern platter for serving the Christmas turkey as did my mother and grandmother. It must be at least 100 years old and, so far, touch wood, not a chip in it!


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So do we - not sure if grandmother or great-grandmother. Not sure how much longer, it seems a bit fragile -we feel we need to hold it underneath rather than carrying by the sides in case it cracks in half and lands turkey (or goose) on the floor!


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As a child I had a beautiful illustrated book about the willow pattern story.


I think we had that in the library I worked in in the 1970s and 80s.

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cestina wrote:
As a child I had a beautiful illustrated book about the willow pattern story.


I think we had that in the library I worked in in the 1970s and 80s.

And the name is....? :D

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Our everyday crockery is all willow pattern, bought a few years ago from Wilkinsons (a budget hardware/homeware shop, for those outside the UK). I love it! I have a Willow Pattern teatowel, as well. And till this thread, I always thought it was a genuine old Chinese story.... ah well, another illusion shattered!


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cestina wrote:
abbeybufo wrote:
cestina wrote:
As a child I had a beautiful illustrated book about the willow pattern story.


I think we had that in the library I worked in in the 1970s and 80s.

And the name is....? :D


After 30 years!!

...but the one I had in stock at the library was probably this one by Barbara Ker Wilson (1978), and the one you remember might have been this one by Martin Secker (1952)? (also here for 1954 ed)

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Has anyone here read The Crown of Success?


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Yes, as discussed on page 1 of this topic a couple of weeks ago - you can read it online these days, but it's not exactly a light read...


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Yes, it’s available online. I found it amusing, although the lessons are pounded in with a sledgehammer... I almost felt guilty because I crochet, but can only sew enough to do simple mending and not “good plain sewing”. :lol:


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The Crown of Success is hideously readable in a grotesque way. You wonder about the effect of it on sensitive children back in the day. I don't think many people bother with it nowadays - there are only 2 reviews on Goodreads, and one of them is me!


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What's wrong with crochet?


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PostPosted: 09 Sep 2018, 17:36 
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Lotte wrote:
What's wrong with crochet?


Nothing, per se, but it’s considered “fancy work” and
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“she values things that are useful rather than those that are pretty; and oh, I'm so glad that she does so, or what would become of me”


Very heavy handed lessons :D


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Frivolity! It's making things that are pretty rather than functional. It suggests vanity and worldliness and other terrible things :lol: :lol: :lol: .

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Alison H wrote:
Frivolity! It's making things that are pretty rather than functional. It suggests vanity and worldliness and other terrible things :lol: :lol: :lol: .

Well that book sounds like a barrel of laughs.


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PostPosted: 16 Sep 2018, 18:58 
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Lotte wrote:
Alison H wrote:
Frivolity! It's making things that are pretty rather than functional. It suggests vanity and worldliness and other terrible things :lol: :lol: :lol: .

Well that book sounds like a barrel of laughs.


It’s entertaining if you’re skimming it. If you’re considering it as “morals and manners for the young,” it’s brutal. I’ve read it a couple of times because I had a good chuckle at this moralizing.


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