Found Crochet

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20130328-040731.jpg I made this some years ago, when I still lived in Victoria. I used two variegated threads; a colourful one for the background and a white and beige one for the flower rounds. I love doilies and this is one of my favourites. It’s also very effective with the background made from a single colour, and the flowers from a colourful variegated thread.

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21 thoughts on “Found Crochet

    • Thank you. It was actually quite a simple pattern, but the colours make it look so lush! And I’ve always liked the contrast between the background and the little violets and their leaves, no matter which was plain and which was vibrant.

    • Thanks so much! I love variegated threads! I had a closer look at this one and the flower ring has two threads; white for the violets and a sort of beige for the leaves. At first I thought it was another variegated.

  1. Just before she died my mum sent me a plastic tatting shuttle and some cotton. I had been inquiring about my grandmothers tortoishell tatting shuttle as I remembered that she had made some gorgeous lace doilies and was interested in having a go. After she died unexpectedly we got 2 gifts from beyond the grave. She had sent Steve my uncles clarinet for his birthday and had found gran’s tatting shuttle and sent it to me both on the day that she died. I have been waiting to find something special to make and you have galvanised me into action. NO idea where to find something as gorgeous as this to have a go at but that hasn’t stopped me before! Gorgeousness personified Linne 🙂

    • I think I’m going to have to get out the little aluminium hat soon . . . I have done only a bit of tatting, but I did like it. I have both plastic and metal shuttles, of course, just in case (of what? don’t ask! I never get past the ‘just in case’ bit LOL) I knew an older woman back when I managed a Lewiscraft shop (that was the last Canadian craft chain; it ‘died’ in 2005) in downtown Edmonton, must have been about 2003-2004. She lived in a retirement place that was attached to City Centre Mall so she could take her walker and browse around four stories of shops, etc., on two blocks, without going outside. She always had a large piece of crochet work in her basket and when she wanted a rest, would sit on the walker seat and work on whatever it was; she made bedspreads and tablecloths for all her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces and nephews . . . well, you get the picture. One day we were talking in the store and the conversation turned to tatting. I confessed to having an interest, but had not yet learned it. She invited me to bring my Mum to her place for tea and goodies so she could teach us. It was lots of fun! Turned out that she dug out her instruction booklet and I figured it out from that; she’d forgotten bits over the years. We had a great time, though, and I still plan to make something tatted in the not-too-distant future. Maybe a lace edging, maybe a doily. Probably not a tablecloth, although an edging for one is certainly possible . . .

      I would LOVE to see a photo of your tortoiseshell shuttle; I didn’t know they made them! The story of how you got them is SO touching! What a special gift!! It’s really special to have something from a grandmother; my Aunty had a set of three double-ended knitting needles, very, very fine, that had belonged to THEIR maternal grandmother. A few years ago she told me I could have them, but I felt odd, taking them then, so I told her she could leave them to me. Now I’m not sure if she still has them or not and I’m sure she’s forgotten the promise. So if I spot them again, I’ll see if she’ll part with them now. Her two granddaughters have no interest in crafts of any sort, and I’m the closest of the nieces who do. I would treasure them so much!! So I can imagine how you must feel, with your shuttle.

      And YES, you CAN make something gorgeous; go a bit slowly at first and watch your tension; that’s the main bit; also work on making the loops similar in size; it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. If you can find an elder to teach you, all the better, but I’m sure there are tutorial videos online these days and often they are wonderful.

      Let me know how it goes, will you? I’d love to follow along . . .

  2. I really need to make some crocheted place mats, but the last ones I made would not lie flat. Do you know of a good pattern? Your doily looks perfect. ❤

    • Thanks, Stacy! If you just want plain place mats, I would crochet a chain as long as you want the mat to be from edge of table to edge away from you, add two stitches and turn. Skip a chain, then Single Crochet (SC) in the 3rd chain from the hook. SC in each chain to the end. Chain (Ch) two and turn; SC in each chain across; Ch 3, turn. Double Crochet (DC) into each chain across, Ch 3, turn. **DC into the top of the next DC in the previous row (going under two threads), then continue across, Ch 3, turn**
      continue from ** to ** until the mat is as wide (side to side) as you wish. This time, at the end of the row, Ch 2, turn. SC in the top of the first DC of the previous row, SC in the top of each DC to end of row, Ch 2, turn. SC across in the same way. At the end of the row, cut the thread and pull the end through the loop on the hook. Weave in back and forth on the back of the mat.

      Usually, when a piece won’t lie flat, either the tension has changed in places or some rows have more stitches than others. Working into the tops of the DCs helps to prevent that. You might also count stitches in the row, then check each row as you finish it to be sure you haven’t either added or skipped a stitch (or more LOL).

      Try a small mat first, is what I suggest. It can become a pot holder, mug rug or ??? That way, you can make sure you are working correctly. Then the mats should come easily!

      Any questions, let me know . . .

    • One other thing, Stacy; type of yarn or thread can make a difference. I recommend the heavy cotton yarn used for dishcloths. It makes great, washable placemats. You can add ties (two together) in two or three places along one side. This makes it easy to roll, tie and store the mats, or tuck into a picnic basket/box. For picnics, roll cutlery in a napkin, then roll inside the mat and tie. An easy task for little helpers . . .

    • Thanks! It’s a by-product of living without a tv :-). I used to have the radio on in the evening and do hand-work (when not reading, that is 😉 ).

      • That’s what Martin does! He loves the radio being on, talk shows and documentaries are his thing. I prefer background music. 🙂 Easier to read to music. 😉

      • I’m with you, rabid! I do like documentaries, etc. if I am doing something like the dishes, but for reading, etc., I prefer music (not singing, as a rule; I find all too often the words distract me and then I am busy arguing in my head with them: “Why are you going to shoot your truck just cause your girlfriend left and your dog bit you?” “WHY??” etc. or else it’s “come ON, guys; don’t you have at least ONE member who can write decent lyrics? WHY are you just repeating one set of verses on and ON and ON!! ??” It gets worse, too . . . but I won’t share more . . . some things should go quietly into the compost without advertising their presence, don’t you think?

      • I don’t mind singing as it rarely distracts me when reading unless it’s a favourite and I will stop, sing along then start reading again. 🙂 I am picky on my music though and rarely listen to the radio for music at home, only in the car. At home it’s usually the music on my phone or computer. 🙂

      • That must be so nice (not to have words distract you)! I’m picky, too, about music. But our national radio station had a classical channel I listened to for years; then there was a move from ‘AM’ and ‘FM’ to Radio One, Radio Two and Radio Three. About that time, my radio died, so I still haven’t figured out what’s on each station. One day . . .

      • All our stations have names that incorporate their bandwidth – one oh four point three, Gold FM, one oh one point nine, Fox FM and so on. A few don’t thought – RRR and JJJ but our local station which I enjoy is one that’s kept their old AM code – 3BA (BA for Ballarat) and I found it by accident and love it.

      • I like your system better! Will have to check out 3BA online (if it is) next time I have my own computer set up. Thanks!

      • It’s a mix of old and new music and I don’t mind it at all. 🙂 Also check out Radio National. It’s ABCradio.com.au/rn which Martin loves (and I don’t mind either).

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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