Crochet Lace

May 1, 2009

Little thread, tinier hooks, wait let me find a magnifying glass. I love crochet lace. The delicate intricacies of the stitches and patterns of lace drew me to this exciting art form when I was a child. One of my first projects was a doily. The stitches were too tight and the doily refused, despite blocking and liberal starch, to lay flat. Thankfully, I've learned a few things since then, but I continue to be fascinated by lace. Beautiful examples of crocheted lace can be found in many antique or republished needlework books. Around 1888, Weldon's began publishing a series of books that included a wide variety of needlework patterns, including crochet patterns. Interweave republished these fascinating collections, and I love to page through the old illustrations and try my hand—and thread—at some of the old patterns. Old crochet patterns are like old recipes, often no more than a list of ingredients, 1 chain, 2 treble, 2 chain, 2 double crochet. But, like those old recipes, the result is delicious.

Piecework MayJune

The May/June 2009 Piecework is all about lace—tatted lace; knitted lace; and of course, crochet lace. They even have amazing examples of crochet tatting. For those people, like myself, who are fascinated by lace and old patterns, there is even a contest. Within Piecework's pages you will find the Link Pattern Lace pattern from Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 12 and Pointed Lace in Crochet Tatting pattern from Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 10.

Link Pattern

Piecework is inviting you to create your own lace from the patterns and send it to them for possible publication. I may have to pull out my own hook and thread. The Link Pattern Lace would make a beautiful trim on a shirt, but I've never tried crochet tatting before. Which do I choose? —Toni

 


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pampam wrote
on May 17, 2009 1:04 AM

<p>I just got a new book by LeisureArts that I'm really excited about.  Sexy Swimwear to Crochet, is the title.</p>

Tell me....how much trouble am I going to have with these.<p>All the patterns are for intermediate skill level crocheters.  I've never tried garments or crochet lace before.  Any advice????</p>

<p>I bought a (1#) big ball of Aunt Lydia's and a new set of small steel hooks.  My big dream is to perfect my technique and reproduce all of these designs for resale.  I may be a bit too ambitious, but I too remember my Grandma creating doilies effortlessly.  With that I'm determined to do the same.</p>

digifigi wrote
on May 22, 2009 8:29 AM

Returning to crochet for the umpteenth time with a change for the small, I'm partway through the year with my one doily a month.  For some reason I've been attracted to creating lace and working with pearl cotton and heavier threads.<br />

My advice is to relax, practice, relax, practice, relax, and practice until you get the thread wrapping the way you're most comfortable and your guage swatches are consistent. How you handle the thread before you hook is what controls the tension and tension is very important when working with thread.<p>But mostly:  enjoy</p>

Countrymom2 wrote
on Mar 11, 2010 8:17 PM

I so love the crochet lace doilies. My auntie tells me they are "a lost art" but not in my home. In my home they reign supreme and I found 5 large garbage bags full of crochet thread at a yard sale about 4 years ago...yup...I bought all 5 bags. My children and my husband tell me "no more" but I still sneak in the occasional skein of fancy crochet thread. Eventually all will be destined to a gorgeous lacy doily or table cloth or some other unique treasure. I can hardly stand to put down my hook and read more idea books...I want to keep crocheting!