Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Art of Crochet Clothing Then and Now

Hi Friends and Fans,

Welcome to my blog,  My wish is to invite those who, like me, really enjoy seeing, sharing and comparing antique to present day crochet clothing.  What new techniques we have today in crochet and how some of the basics have not changed.  But it is fascinating to go back in time to see the beautiful handiwork of the depression era of the 1930s.  I have a Utopia Yarn Book from 1913 and the crochet is unbelieveably gorgeous.  (Will follow up with pics soon.)  

They did apparently line much of their crochet with silk because of the scratchy wool content of the yarns.  Topics of interest could include types of yarns and threads used then and now. Crochet hooks and how they have changed over the centuries.   How about what a facinator looked like then and now?  Its really not what you'd expect!

A definition of crochet as stated from The Workbasket, a Home Art magazine that began publishing in the 1930s:   The word "crochet" is derived from the French word "choche" or croc and the Danish word "Krooke"- a small hook. This work was known in Europe as early as the 16th century.  It reached perfection in Ireland, thus Irish Crochet,  but was not taken up in England or Scotland until the 19th century.  My words, so thats how America learned to crochet!  Maybe I inherited the desire to crochet from my ancesters, being Irish and English.

Find me on line or at my home studio on the web at at  or email to  Thanks for your interest and would love to hear from fellow crochetors. 

P.S. How I wish we could include the crochet jewelers!  This is another fascinating concept, but not for now.