A Torchon Lace Edging to Crochet
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The Torchon lace from the excavation of the paddleboat Arabia (see preceding article) that inspired this project was a product of the technique of bobbin-lace. For this edging, crochet is used instead. Crochet has proven to be a perfect technique to mimic other forms of lace, including bobbin lace, filet, tatting, Venetian needle lace, and drawn thread work.
The idea of using crochet to imitate other laces probably came about as soon as lacemakers realized how versatile crochet could be. Torchonstyle lace, whether it is made as a traditional bobbin lace or in crochet, makes a nice clean line edging to add the right touch to any project.
Finished Size: About 1 inch (2 cm) in depth; each
repeat, about 1 inch (2 cm) wide
Thread: Presencia Fincrochet, 100% cotton thread, size 80, 1,301 yards (1,189.6 m)/50 gram (1.8 oz) ball, 1 ball of #3000 Ecru; www.presenciaamerica.com
Hook: Crochet hook, steel, size 13 (.85 mm)
Gauge: Gauge is not critical for this project
Originally Published: PieceWork May-June 2015
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