Mid-Nineteenth-Century British Crochet Hooks

Early British steel crochet hooks were manufactured from steel wire using the same methods and in the same workshops as sewing needles. They differed from sewing needles only by having one side of the eye removed to make a hook. Although interchangeably called “crochet hooks” or “crochet needles,” the term “crochet hook” typically referred to […]

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Several years ago, I acquired the Boye salesman’s book of handsewing needles shown here. The ring binder, measuring about 9½ by 11 inches (24 by 28 cm), is bound in faux leather; a thick plastic cover protects its inside covers and pages, which are separated by protective sheets made from pieces of woolen fabric. Sample […]

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