Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Vera Neumann

Ellen's and Roz's Vera Scarf Collection

Most of my friends are reading best sellers this summer...novels, biographies, thrillers, etc. In my free time, I'm always knitting or crocheting. I know I could be listening to recorded books on the iPod while I'm being yarny. I just have a difficult time concentrating on both at the same time. I used to be a voracious reader. Now I'm a voracious yarn-a-holic!
HOWEVER, I do like to read books about design and my favorite crafts. I recently acquired the biography of Vera Neumann, with lots and lots of photos of her designs. I absolutely LOVE Vera's designs. Her scarves were always affordable on my meager allowance as a teen. I checked my scarf drawer, along with my Mom's, and pulled out our Vera collection from the '60's. Together, we own seven Vera scarves. I NEED MORE!!! Whenever I'm at an estate sale, I look for Vera-designed items.
Vera was commissioned to design for the dining room and kitchen, for the New York World's Fair, for dress designers, china makers and more. I've heard that Anthropologie and Macy's are carrying some Vera re-issues. You know where I'll be this weekend!

Vera's Very Popular Poppy Design on Placemats and DishesScarves commemorating the 1964 New York World's Fair
Vera Neumann, I heart you!

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At 5:59 PM PDT, Blogger Jean said...

I was reading your previous post about changes in your neighbourhood, well I grew up in Orange County and there is constant change. The dairies are all gone (I don't miss them, they were smelly and the horse flies were terrible), then there were the lovely strawberry fields, now its all the latest little strip malls which are constantly changing, all the old mom and pop stores are gone. At least LA has kept some of it's history.

At 8:49 PM PDT, Anonymous Jo Anne said...

I so remember Vera scarves ... good to see you last week. Hope to make it back soon!!

At 5:35 AM PDT, Blogger gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Love the commemorative scarves, actually, all of these look pretty wonderful.

At 4:23 PM PDT, Blogger Marianne said...

I Am With You! I have always loved Vera's work and I did some research on her a few years ago. I have a beautiful '50s Vera scarf. Can't wait to see that book.

At 3:58 PM PDT, Blogger Brenda said...

Another Vera fan. I still have a set of placemats by Vera that we bought when were first married, over 30 years ago! I was going to cut them up to make sock blockers, but hubby wouldn't let me. He still likes them too much :-)

At 4:35 PM PDT, Blogger Mr. Reality said...

Do you know of any LA thrift stores or vintage stores where one might find some vintage Vera dishes? I know there's no guarantee, but I'm wondering if you know of stores that >might< carry such things.

At 4:54 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Sorry, Mr. Reality. I'm really not up on local thrift shops. It's usually a gamble as to what they have. I often haunt local yard sales. I do believe that Anthropologie stores are re-issuing Vera product. check updates here:


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