Little thread, tinier hooks, wait let me find a magnifying glass. I love crochet lace. The delicate intricacies of the stitches and patterns of lace drew me to this exciting art form when I was a child. One of my first projects was a doily. The stitches were too tight and the doily refused, despite blocking and liberal starch, to lay flat. Thankfully, I've learned a few things since then, but I continue to be fascinated by lace. Beautiful examples of crocheted lace can be found in many antique or republished needlework books. Around 1888, Weldon's began publishing a series of books that included a wide variety of needlework patterns, including crochet patterns. Interweave republished these fascinating collections, and I love to page through the old illustrations and try my hand—and thread—at some of the old patterns. Old crochet patterns are like old recipes, often no more than a list of ingredients, 1 chain, 2 treble, 2 chain, 2 double crochet. But, like those old recipes, the result is delicious.
The May/June 2009 Piecework is all about lace—tatted lace; knitted lace; and of course, crochet lace. They even have amazing examples of crochet tatting. For those people, like myself, who are fascinated by lace and old patterns, there is even a contest. Within Piecework's pages you will find the Link Pattern Lace pattern from Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 12 and Pointed Lace in Crochet Tatting pattern from Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 10.
Piecework is inviting you to create your own lace from the patterns and send it to them for possible publication. I may have to pull out my own hook and thread. The Link Pattern Lace would make a beautiful trim on a shirt, but I've never tried crochet tatting before. Which do I choose? —Toni