Antique Crochet Spotlight

Apr 27, 2011

I geek out over antique crochet. I've been known to go into an antique shop and stare at a doily for what my husband describes as "longer than the person spent making it." So when I go visit my husband's aunt Betty at her ranch in Wyoming, I get a little lost. She collects antiques, and every room in her home has antique crochet in it. While the boys go play with the tractors, I go stare at bedspreads. The last time I went, I grabbed the camera, thinking you guys would appreciate a photo montage of some of the really neat pieces she has in her house. I hope you like pictures!
. She also collects dolls, and every one of them has a cute crocheted outfit!
I kind of want this outfit for myself.
For every towel, there is a filet crochet edging.

And the crochet-edged towels are everywhere.
This wee crochet dress was missing its doll, so it became an ornament.
A truly amazing filet crochet piece with a lion and shield motif.
Oh the doilies. So many doilies!
Cute wee doilies!
And doilies that were more like tablecloths.
This kerchief won me over instantly.

And then there was the crochet thread bedspread.
Someday, I'm going to make one of these...
You know...with all that spare time I have.
My relatives were somewhat amused by my obsession with getting pictures of all of these pieces for you, but they've known me long enough to expect this sort of thing from time to time. I hope you like the pictures! If you're as bonkers about crochet lace as I am, check out our Five Free Crochet Lace Patterns eBook here on Crochet Me. It includes my crochet bracelet pattern that was inspired by antique crochet lace pieces like the ones above. Enjoy!

Until next time,

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Char55 wrote
on Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

Sarah, enjoyed your pictures. My grandmother used to crochet LOTS of doilies. They were all so beautiful. I just couldn't imagine the patience and time it took her to make them.

I have several patterns for a hexagon popcorn stitch motif bedspread with matching pillow. It's very beautiful, but oh so labor intensive. I wish I had the time and patience to make the hundreds of motifs; let alone the assembly of it. I believe there are 242 motifs (each 6" across) required for it.

I have several patterns from Family Circle, Workbasket and Woman's Day from the 1980s that have WONDERFUL lace bedspread/throws; the pictures are gorgeous.

In fact I have one that is almost the same as the one in your pictures.

on Apr 30, 2011 4:02 PM

OMG! I would be in heavn if I could make a thread bedspread like that! Is there any way of getting the pattern? lol

on May 1, 2011 3:12 PM

Hey soul sister,  thanks for the beautiful photos. However, this brings up some ugly issues for me-will I live long enough to finish one embroidered towel with crocheted edging?

on Aug 6, 2015 9:54 PM

pictures re do I get the pattern for the crochet thread bedspread in three photos above?