Saturday, July 7, 2007

Lesson From The Linen Cupboard - Crochet

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The making of crochet lace is with a single pointed crochet hook in patterns that seem endless. The art of crochet as I read is a very old form of lace making established & known in parts of the world by different name such as pdming (Sweden), pjoing (Norway), shepard's knitting (Scotland) gobelinstch (Germany) and crochet de Bosnie (France). in Scotland the earliest known shepard's knitting was 1812. Most of the examples of crochet lace making here in America dates later 1800's on, although there is documentation of earlier pieces. But for practically purposes we will deal with the later time frame of items that are much more available. This type of lace will be found on household linens, garments of all kinds both for children & adult. Lace was made for trims as well as the entire piece worked in crochet. Pattern books abounded to give the lady working instructions for all types of items. Occasionally one finds sample patterns either stored loose, in handmade book form or even just stitched to a paper backing with the names of the patterns neatly penned beneath the pattern. She would always have at hand a sample of a pattern if she needed to refer. This is only a tiny tiny bit of information. Pictured below is a strikingly beautiful fillet lace bedspread of cherubs / cupids from the early 1900's. The cherubs measure 27" tall. The spread is done in three panels with fringed edge.

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