Featured Member Crochet: September 18

Tonight we’d just like to highlight some crocheting traditions. All the projects were shared with us by our readers. Crochet has such a long history and has been so important in our heritage.

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We’d like to thank Kris Steinbauer for sharing with us this very beautiful and traditional crocheted bedspread. Many of us have had ancestors who did such fine work, work that took years! This is Nancy with Starting Chain and, in my own family, both my mother and mother-in-law made crocheted bedspreads during WWII. My mother would take parts to work with her at an Air Force base and crochet during her lunch break. Bedspreads are big projects. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring their popularity back?

This is what Kris says about her work of art:

“Tookme 2.5 years carrying pieces of this everywhere to get this one done for my mom. She found part of one at an auction and asked me to finish it, but it had been made by two different crocheters with 2 different shades of beige/ecru so I started from scratch with white. My sister-in-law finished the curtains and table runner (I crocheted the medallions, she sewed the rest). Mom loves it, but won’t let anyone use the room with the bedspread in place.

The only thing we can say is Bravo! It may have taken 2.5 years but it will be treasured for a hundred!

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This amazingly beautiful and appealing afghan, made by Shawna Newton, looks like something that could have graced a room in Downton Abbey in Season 1! It has all the characteristics of fine Victorian/Edwardian charm. Shawna writes,

“Ijust finished this for my sister for her birthday. It was a BLAST to make and, although I’ve been crocheting for many, many years, this was my first “heirloom/Victorian” type of afghan.

“I messed up on the pattern and had to redesign the ‘filler’ in between the large motifsbut even that was a challenge—and FUN! So was doing the attached roses with their leaves and I was completely shocked at how easy this turned out to be and how FAST it worked up!

“The original pattern is called, “Roses and Lace” by Maggie Weldon and in a book called “Afghan Romance” which you can find on Amazon. I used 2, 1-lb. skeins of Caron’s “Cream.” WONDERFUL body, texture and weight! Not flimsy at all!

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“This baby afghan is called heritage cace… I love the pattern!” — Heike Rice

We all know that the traditional crochet edgings of shells, scallops, bells, fans, and others make for a project with timeless appeal. Fortunately there are patterns online and in books that can help even a novice crocheter make beautiful works of art that look vintage but are practical, too, for use today.

We’d like to thank Heike, Shawna and Kris for sharing their beautiful crocheted works with us all. They are helping to keep a rich tradition alive. Good things do take time!



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