|Detail of crochet lace done by me. |
Although a modern pattern, it
does have 19th c. elements.
|Reproduction lamp mat with beaded|
crocheted lace edging I crocheted
fusing a couple different 1860s
Peterson's magazine patterns.
|Lady's wool petticoat (c.1860s-1880s) |
done primarily with the Afghan
crochet stitch from my collection.
Much of crochet's appeal lies in the ease of technique, inexpense of materials and quickness of results. The main reason the technique to spread throughout Europe and North America quickly after its development lies in technology. At the same time the technique is perfected in the 1840s, so is the ability for middle class ladies to subscribe to monthly periodicals or magazines and have the purchasing power for readily available and inexpensive materials. Publications like Godey's Lady's Book and Peterson's Magazines, companies like DMC and JP Coats and creative, influential women like Therese de Dillmont and Mlle Eleanor Riego de la Branchardiere were eager to instruct, influence and sell to the growing middle class.
|Detail of Irish crochet lace collar |
c. 19teens from Old World
|Piece of crocheted lace |
c.19teens-1920s from my collection
|Full view of the lace doily. This is one of my favorite pieces|
that I have crocheted. It was done about 10 years ago.
The pattern was found in one of the late-1990s
monthly editions of Magic Crochet published
by Les Editions de Saxe S.A, Danbury, CT.
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Liz Paludan, Crochet History & Technique, (Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 1995).
S.F.A Caulfield, and Blanche C Savard, The Dictionary of Needlework, (London: 1887).
Kathleen Warnick, and Shirley Nilsson, Legacy of Lace, (New York: Crown Publishers, 1988).
Heidi Marsh (Compiled By), Knit, Net, Crochet and More of the Era of the Hoop, (Greenville, CA: Self-Published, 1993).
Annie Louise Potter, A Living Mystery: The International Art & History of Crochet, (United States of America: AJ Publishing International, 1990).