Sunday, May 19, 2013

One Just Isn't Enough!

Is it possible to have too many crocheted potholders?

 Pink and Green -- Watermelon

I love variegated crochet threads.  This purple
speaks to me.

See the center of this pretty posey?
Variegated yellow always wins a smile.
I've used clear removeable Command Strips
for this quick and easy
vintage display
in my kitchen.
Heather from the Vintage Grey
crochets beautiful potholders.
(I also love her tea towels and table runners.)
Here's one of the pretties in her shop!
 How lovely!

Freebie Printable Just For You!
 Printable Tags with Crochet Image

I made these tag art images last year from
photographs of the vintage crochet featured in this post.



Linking to
Vintage Thingie Thursday

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Filet Crochet

 Every once in a while,
I'll find a piece of filet crochet.
This blue filet crochet graces both
ends of a runner I purchased recently.
Can you see the leaves in the design?
Filet crochet only uses two stitches --
 the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch.
The patterns for beautiful filet crochet designs
feature a graph with "open" blocks
and "colored" blocks.
 The colored blocks or squares
 signify when to fill in a stitch with
a double crochet on that row.
These double crocheted blocks create splendid designs
once all of the rows are finished.
 This runner's creator used a less than stellar
handpainted muslin for the center.
I'm considering using the filet crocheted ends
to decorate a blue pieced and quilted runner,
but I dislike cutting linens that are in good condition.
Any suggestions?

Click on the link below to find
beginner instructions for filet crochet.
Simply scroll down toward the lower portion
of this link's page.
 If, like me, you prefer to buy the finished product,
there are many Etsy sellers who offer these
handmade treasures.
What a gorgeous coverlet! Dated 1927.
Pretty for spring!

Patterns ala Carte
An elegant and affordable pattern.

Red Hen Studios
This runner is similar in construction to mine!

While I'm deciding whether or not to recreate
this vintage piece, I sometimes display it here --
in my window seat.
Do you have a piece of filet crochet?