'Ooh that's a big book ' said the lady... 'so that will be 50 pence please'.
Most of the patterns are for crochet, and they are all delightfully old fashioned (well you know how I love old stuff). There are loose leaf charts for filet crochet (but would work equally well for cross stitch embroidery) and patterns for things you just don't really find any more... such as Cheval sets. That's a centre mat and two matching smaller mats for your dressing table.
Girls don't tend to have dressing tables any more - I wonder why? Perhaps it's because we are always in such a rush - makeup and hair done stood up in front of the bathroom mirror and then dashing out to work.
And all interspersed with quotations from the bible or poetry or thoughts for the day.
Obviously while sewing or knitting or doing crochet, your mind is free to wander. I particularly liked this rather sentimental but I believe totally apt poem.
I've embroidered a frock, and I've sewn the long seams,
While I stitched up a heartache and mended my dreams.
I've patched a torn garment, and darned a big rent
While I've worked in new hopes and a sweeter content.
Why stitching brings gladness, or ease for life's pain,
And healing from sadness, I cannot explain.
But for little hopes baffled, and foolish tears shed,
I had sought and found comfort with needle and thread.