The New Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet, home decor, crocheting sweaters with stitch diagrams, or learning a new crochet stitch-the new 2013 crochet books are available in the Crochet Me Shop for pre-order! There is the perfect book for any crocheter.
I caught up with Dora Ohrenstein to talk about her newest book.
Resurrecting Tunisian Crochet
In 2011, I got the chance to write a whole book on Tunisian crochet for Interweave. The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs for Time-Honored Traditions, to be published in Spring 2013, allowed me to delve into Tunisian Crochet even more deeply. Pouring over nineteenth century books, I found stitches I'd never seen before and an intriguing antique pattern by the great Mlle Riego, which I converted to modern crochet terms. A Japanese stitch dictionary helped expand my vocabulary of stitches, particularly of lace stitches, and more stitches were found in older stitch dictionaries that I've collected over the years.
Pro bably the most difficult thing in the book was to work out the terminology for Tunisian-completely unstandardized!! With the help of my editors, Kim Werker and Karen Manthey, we did it and present over thirty different stitches, along with a dozen gorgeous patterns by the likes of Doris Chan, Vashti Braha, Margaret Hubert, and other first class designers.
The Lorelei Sweater on the cover is my design, using one of the historic stitches, found in Encyclopedia of Victorian Needlework, by S.F.A. Caulfield. Even the Victorians knew that Tunisian crochet could be used to make lace-though they called it Tricot, not Tunisian. By the way, it's highly unlikely that the technique originated in Tunisia, or anywhere in North Africa. The first patterns appear in British publications in the second half of the 19th century.
The wealth of previously neglected stitches, now available to anyone who loves Tunisian crochet, means there will be lots of new looks in crochet in the future. Talented designers are pushing Tunisian even further. This is a craft where the adage-"Nothing new under the sun"-is false. We've come a long way, and we've got a lot farther to go before we run out of new ideas.
— Dora Ohrenstein
I can't wait to begin my first vintage inspired design from Dora's new book. Pre-order The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters by Robyn Chachula, Crochet at Home by Brett Bara, or The Crocheter's Companion today and give yourself a gift in 2013.