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20 April 2015

New Ideas and Old Patterns

With the weather undecided, from minute to minute, what it wishes to do -- sun? rain? wind? all three at the same time? -- I've tabled some non-yarn projects (painting a pair of bedsteads, for example) until more clement weather.  That means I got to spend all day working on the African Flower bedspreads for the grandkids' room.

My stacks of hexagon blocks just keep growing and growing!

Here's a photo of some of the blocks, and the colors of Knitpick's "Palette" yarn that I'm using:

By the way, the idea of using clothes pins to make yarn samples is one I borrowed from Lucy at Attic 24.  If you'd like to do it, too, visit her blog post in which she shows you how she did it!

Lately, I've had a curiosity about filet crochet.  It's an old art, and one that I've always thought looked rather complicated.  But I really got inspired when I found the Antique Pattern Library online.  These folks are doing something that I think is really important:  they're taking old patterns (not just for needlework, either!) and craft publications that have gone out-of-print, scanning them, and making them available FOR FREE on the Internet.  Yep, you read that right, FOR FREE.  It's their way of preserving the history of arts and crafts.  The patterns they've collected open a window onto the world of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, and the works that were created by their hands.  Here's a screenshot from their home page -- as you can see, they have LOTS of different patterns available!

So now I'm thinking, "Maybe I could make a filet crochet curtain panel for the grandkids' bedroom!"  (Hey, go big or go home, right?)  But first things first -- need to get some cotton lace thread and a tiny, tiny steel crochet hook.  I always swore I'd never make a doily ... I may have spoken too soon ..... :)

In the meantime, if you have any old patterns lying around in Grandma's trunk or up in the attic, please consider sending them to Antique Pattern Library.  I remember the old "Aunt Martha's" embroidery patterns (they still make those, by the way!) and the little pattern booklets put out by the yarn and thread companies.  These things, being made of paper, are very susceptible to deterioration.  Donating them to APL not only preserves them, it allows them to be shared with crafters everywhere -- like you and me!

Until next time!

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