Tunisian crochet, home decor, crocheting sweaters with
stitch diagrams, or learning a new crochet stitch-the new 2013 crochet books
are available in the Crochet Me Shop
for pre-order! There is the perfect book for any crocheter.
I caught up with Dora
Ohrenstein to talk about her newest book.
Resurrecting Tunisian Crochet
In 2011, I got the
chance to write a whole book on Tunisian crochet for Interweave. The New Tunisian Crochet:
Contemporary Designs for Time-Honored Traditions, to be
published in Spring 2013, allowed me to delve into Tunisian Crochet even more
deeply. Pouring over nineteenth century books, I found stitches I'd never seen
before and an intriguing antique pattern by the great Mlle Riego, which I
converted to modern crochet terms. A Japanese stitch dictionary helped expand
my vocabulary of stitches, particularly of lace stitches, and more stitches
were found in older stitch dictionaries that I've collected over the years.
Pro bably the most difficult thing in
the book was to work out the terminology for Tunisian-completely
unstandardized!! With the help of my editors, Kim Werker and Karen Manthey, we
did it and present over thirty different stitches, along with a dozen gorgeous
patterns by the likes of Doris Chan, Vashti Braha, Margaret Hubert, and other
first class designers.
The Lorelei Sweater on the cover is my design, using one of
the historic stitches, found in Encyclopedia of Victorian Needlework, by S.F.A.
Caulfield. Even the Victorians knew that Tunisian crochet could be used to make
lace-though they called it Tricot, not Tunisian. By the way, it's highly
unlikely that the technique originated in Tunisia, or anywhere in North Africa.
The first patterns appear in British publications in the second half of the
The wealth of previously neglected stitches, now available
to anyone who loves Tunisian crochet, means there will be lots of new looks in
crochet in the future. Talented designers are pushing Tunisian even further.
This is a craft where the adage-"Nothing new under the sun"-is false.
We've come a long way, and we've got a lot farther to go before we run out of
— Dora Ohrenstein
I can't wait to begin my first vintage inspired design from
Dora's new book. Pre-order The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein,
Blueprint Crochet Sweaters by Robyn Chachula, Crochet at Home by Brett Bara, or
The Crocheter's Companion today and give yourself a gift in 2013.