Crochet One of Evdokia's Edgings

Apr 19, 2012
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By Nancy Nehring

Evdokia Sarecheff Yakovleff Gunn lived an amazing life. Born in Russia in 1902, she fled to Shanghai following the Russian Revolution in 1925 and gave birth to her daughter Helen three days after she arrived. She thrived in Shanghai, knitting and crocheting items for her family and for a Chinese textile company, until 1941 when the Japanese sent all foreigners to internment camps. Evdokia and Helen survived this ordeal and returned to Shanghai when the war was over in 1945. After that, Helen married an American and moved to the United States; Evdokia moved to England in 1949 and continued to knit and crochet until her death in 1973. For more on Evdokia, see "Evdokia Sarecheff Yakovleff Gunn: Making a Life Wherever She Could" by Nancy Nehring and Ellen Becker in the March/April 2004 issue of PieceWork.

This edging, taken from one of the swatches Evdokia created for the Chinese textile company, is worked in lacet crochet, a technique popular in the 1920s and 1930s that is closely related to filet crochet. The edging is worked separately, then whipstitched to a pillowcase, sheet, or laundry bag as shown here. About 400 yards (366 m) of thread will produce a 40-inch (101.6-cm) length of edging.

Nancy Nehring's crocheted edging taken from one of Evdokia Gunn's samples. Photograph by Joe Coca.

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