• Crochet memories

    It is today we make the memories we could remember tomorrow.

    When we make a choice today, we may never know how we reach our future. I wrote about choices in another blog:


    Let’s say  we decide to crochet something today it seems very inconsequential right now.But here is an example: I never knew my  great grandmother, who lived from 1845 to 1910, but I know her likes, her color preferences, her workmanship, her temperament, the time she lived in by the pieces that she crochet.

    I have many of her edges handkerchief, which are still in excellent condition, since we all use Kleenex. I have some stained edged table clothes and a few tattered doilies.

    I am grateful my great grandmother used quality material, else the pieces surely had not survived. I also appreciate the tremendous time she must have spent to make the things. I can tell she did it not because she had nothing else to do, but she did it to thoughtfully beautify her home, protect her furniture in meaningful ways. Her designs are not like any others from that time period. For instance, she made stitches that are very hard to copy and I have not found them in my vast collection of patterns. That leads me to believe she really put some thought into it, same as I do today with my patterns. Usually I can look at a picture and make the exact same thing about crochet without a pattern (that is how I crochet all my life until recently. My oldest daughter thought it funny asking her for help to read abbreviations and wanting to open a pattern business). Can’t figure the patterns my great grandma came up with.

    I do not want to lay her crochet items in a drawer and forget about it. That is why I came up with different ways to use her work again.

    For instance: You can use part of doilies to dress Porcelain dolls. You just omit the part that is very tattered.

    Another way to display your memories is to appliqué parts of the in tact crochet on good fabric like velvet or satin and make a pillow, a head band, curtain tiebacks. You can sew it on sweaters, collars or other wearable. Fashion them into flowers with a little wire and glue or piece them together to make a whole new doily design.  I just found this wealth of possibilities on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/TouchofEurope/diy-with-vintage-doilies/

    What if you have an old inherited Afghan that is tattered? You could make a bias strip of coordinating fabric. Then carefully cut the usable parts and sew the bias strip around the edges. Those parts in turn can be fashion into pillows, piece together to make a new, usable Afghan or make a cool wall decoration from it, either by framing it or just flatten it. By using Elmer’s glue or fabric stiffener, you can shape it into a sculpture of sorts.

    Please preserve memories, all memories, not just crochet ones. They are very precious in an age where we all just rush to nowhere.


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