The Art of Crochet
October 08, 2012
I do not personally like crochet; I think it’s a hold-over from the 1970's. My mum created many an afghan, and I quite honestly disliked them. However, now that she is gone, I hold on to them. The colors are SO 1970's! When I think of the love and hours invested, I am touched and hold onto them. Perhaps, one day the colors will once again be in vogue.
I do like doilies and the fine crocheting that is used for vests, dresses, tablecloths, etc. Yes, I have even seen crocheted wedding dresses. I have been very fortunate to inherit a bed spread my grandmother made in 1915 for her hope chest. She married my grandfather, moved to America, and then returned to England in 1925, where she remained. The spread was used on the bed reserved for her bed and breakfast business during the summer season.
After much time researching the craft, I arrived at the conclusion that crochet was not in evidence prior to the 1500's. At that time, it was referred to as "nun’s work" and was created to adorn alter clothes and priest albs. Crochet really came into its own in the Victorian era. Women really enjoyed embellishing crocheted items with beads, especially little bags. A few patterns survive to this day.
There are many beautiful designs available through the MCPL online resources webpage. Check out our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. Click on the Needlecrafts and Textiles category, then click on "Crochet."
Crochet has remained quite popular, as it is very easy as a take-along craft and is light in the hands. Please consider joining our Needlecraft Group at Boardwalk, all needlecrafts and needlecrafters are welcome. Our next meeting at the Boardwalk Branch is at 7:00 p.m., October 18th. Let’s get those holiday gifts completed!