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on Jul 11, 2012 7:58 PM

I made these items for my nephew & his wife for their anniversary in August.  All are made from size 10 crochet thread.  The potholders are vintage designs.  The Salad Set potholder is from a 1950’s publication and the Diamond potholders are from a Coats & Clark booklet published in 1943.  It’s fun to make patterns from bygone years!  Many of the patterns I find from this era used thread whereas today’s crochet patterns tend to use yarn almost exclusively.  Using thread is one of my favorite mediums for crocheting.  Maybe it's because it takes me back to the years when I watched my grandma and aunt crocheting.

 

Patterns can be found at these links:

Diamond Potholders:  http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/potholder-pattern/coats196/diamond-potholder

Salad Set Potholder:  http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/free-potholder-patterns/coats267/salad-set-potholder

Shell Mug Mat/8 (Coasters):  by Mary Buse Melick, SCK 983, Copyright 2009 by Stella-Marie Publications Inc.

 

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Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jul 12, 2012 11:54 AM

I love crocheting with thread as well. I think it is because you can create so many intricate and beautiful stitches and designs in a small project. These are gorgeous.

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on Jul 14, 2012 9:29 AM

Although I've made many items with thread, my dream is to make a vintage bedspread using thread in the pattern shown below.  That will be quite an undertaking and one that I'm not quite ready to commit to yet.  I've gotten as far as acquiring the pattern and making one motif to work out any glitches or instructions that I didn't understand.  No problems except my resolve!  I know how I get when working on a time-consuming project.  I don't want this to end up in my closet half finished because I got bored silly with doing the same thing day-in and day-out.  I've taken breaks from similar projects in the past and promising myself that I'll get back to it later just never happens.  Do you ever have that problem?  I am estimating that this will take me about a year to complete.

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Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jul 16, 2012 2:34 PM

Wow! that is an incredible pattern. Where did you find it?

I will admit I definitely have a problem with not finishing projects. I have a couple that just needs blocking and seams.

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DonnaP wrote
on Jul 16, 2012 4:14 PM

That pattern takes 20,000 (yes twenty THOUSAND) yards of thread - minimum! I know that *I* wouldn't finish it.

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on Jul 16, 2012 7:51 PM

By pure chance, I came across this 1914 pattern in its updated form to today’s pattern standard. A BIG thanks to  E. Christina Dabis  who put all the work and effort into this pattern version. She did a phenomenal job of providing detailed instructions with pictures into a 17 page pdf file that makes this intricate pattern understandable. She even worked out how to do a half motif if you want a more straight line to the bedspread edge. Each motif has 13,643 stitches!  It can be found at:  http://www.ladyfiddler.com/docs/EChristinaDabis-EternityBedspread-7.pdf

 

 

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lady.fiddler wrote
on Sep 4, 2012 3:09 AM

Hi there OneCraftyCathy... I'm E. Christina Dabis, the one you mentioned when you talked about my summary/notes on the 1914 vintage motif. 

Go ahead and start it.  You can modify your goal, as suggested by my sweet husband,

"Honey, your work on that bedspread is so nice it rivals the Victorian samplers.  You could have one motif framed to preserve your work." 

Well, that was such a wonderful thing for him to say.  I had planned on making 70+ motifs for a Queen size bedspread.  I began in 2006 and just this year (2012) I accepted the fact that I would never finish the bedspread.  Then, I remembered my husbands words which brought about another idea. 

I made a bed scarf out of 10 or 12 of them  I will have one framed as he suggested too.  Left over are a couple dozen motifs which will become another bed scarf and pillows. 

So, go ahead and start it... enjoy the challenge!!!  Let the goal surface on its own!! 

Here... take a look at the bed scarf did at our local county fair this year.  http://www.ladyfiddler.com/blankets.html

Beware:  There is another pattern very similar to the one I made and it has the name of Marguarite.  Look at the center, it is different there. 

Contact?  chris.dabis@hotmail.com

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lady.fiddler wrote
on Feb 7, 2013 4:58 PM

Thank you for enjoying my 'updated' pattern and I do hope that you have made the bedspread, or at least a bed scarf from that motif design.  The newest revision to my updated pattern is http://www.ladyfiddler.com/docs/EChristinaDabis-EternityBedspread-9.pdf  You may contact me at chris.dabis@hotmail.com

Thanks again,
E. Christina Dabis

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Char55 wrote
on Feb 8, 2013 8:02 AM

Love the vintage designs and the colors you chose for yours! Thanks for sharing the website info!

You're right...that bedspread will take a lot of time...but just so you know that you aren't alone in putting off projects, watch this video about a woman who finished hers 67 years after she started it! Stick out tongue It's so sweet!

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cdabis wrote
on May 11, 2013 2:33 AM

Just thought I'd let you know that I've updated the Water Lily bedspread motif document.  The one you cited is replaced with version 10!! 

http://www.ladyfiddler.com/docs/EChristinaDabis-EternityBedspread-10.pdf

 

 

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cdabis wrote
on May 30, 2014 4:46 PM

One more update on my pattern: 
http://www.ladyfiddler.com/docs/EChristinaDabis-EternityBedspread-10e.pdf>

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cdabis wrote
on Aug 9, 2014 10:25 PM

It will take you 942 hours to crochet 59 full motifs and 8 half motifs which is what you need to make a queen sized bedspread.  When you are finished you will have crocheted more than 840,000 stitches, and you will have used 14 miles of #10 thread.  How do I know?  I have just finished my Water Lily bedspread.  I started it in 2006, finished August 9, 2014.   Good luck!  You' be SO pleased with the finished product.

I have updated my notes for the last time.  You will find them as a PDFfile.  The link is:

http://www.ladyfiddler.com/docs/EChristinaDabis-EternityBedspread-Finished-C.doc

 

 

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