|Polka Dress in Crochet
I have always had a
particular fascination with vintage crochet patterns from the 1800s.
This was an era when handcrafted art was used in everyday life and when
most young ladies learned to crochet. Crocheted cuffs and collars as
well as lace, beaded, and colorwork edgings embellished clothing; and
magnificent accessories such as lace caps, colorwork slippers, and bead
crochet bags were everyday items. .
Although I am quite
attached to modern conveniences, such as the ease with which I can order
yarn or meet new crochet friends over the Internet, I would love to
meet and know more about the crafters of the 1800s
When I picked up a copy of Ladies' Needlework Crochet; Tales and Poetry: A Melange of Instructions and Amusement,
I found myself holding not only fabulous vintage patterns but also an
introduction to two amazing people. Mr. and Mrs. George Curling Hope
created the Hope's Marine Library, ran the Berlin Wool Department, and
published books and at least one craft magazine in East Sussex during
Very little else is known about the Hopes, including Mrs. Hope's first
name, but the incredible patterns in this reproduction of their 1849
edition of the Ladies Needlework Penny Magazine give us a glimpse into their lives.
patterns include only a concise chart, a few notes, and project
inspiration ideas. The designs for bead crochet are amazing and
inviting. The charts could easily be worked in bead crochet, colorwork
tapestry crochet, or a lacy filet, and they could be used to create an
edging, bag, or embellishment.
love the simple crochet edging. This beautiful edging design would be
as perfect for a modern top or skirt as it was for the dresses of the
1800s, and wearing it would provide a physical connection between
crocheters in the twenty-first century and those of the nineteenth
you are simply looking for fabulous crochet patterns or are fascinated
with vintage crochet patterns and their creators, you will love this
beautiful eBook. Download your copy of Ladies' Needlework Crochet; Tales and Poetry: A Melange of Instructions and Amusement today and learn a little more about crochet.