A Passion for Pence Jugs

One thing that piqued my interest in Victorian knitting early on was the pence jug. The anonymous author of A Guide for Knitting, Netting and Crochet describes its pence jug as “one of the very prettiest and most useful inventions to be classed under Knitting. The vase-like form, the minuteness, the convenience are all fitted […]

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In the PieceWork special issue Vintage Crochet, Mimi Seyferth introduces us to Jabez William Ridgwell (1874–1957). Jabez learned to crochet granny squares as a part of his rehabilitation after he lost parts of several fingers to shrapnel in the Second Boer War (1899–1902). He crafted a christening blanket consisting of one large granny square. In […]

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The Resurgence of Doilies

If ever there was a time for doilies to make a comeback, it’s now. Sound crazy? Sometime between the 1990s and now, the word “upcycled” made it into your vocabulary. There’s a resurgence of old crafts being utilized in new ways. Just search “DIY with Vintage Doilies” on Pinterest, and I bet you’ll start getting […]

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Looking for out-of-the-ordinary crocheted items? The designs in Cool Crochet: 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear are not only enjoyable to crochet, but sophisticated and fashionable, too. Projects include sweaters, a terrific coat, an elegant dress, and even a crocheted necklace. Plus, designer Melissa Leapman provides fabulous finishing tips making this volume a […]

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Honoring Australian Crochet Designer Mary Card

If you’re following our blog series Trekking the Globe in Stitches, yesterday we visited Australia. In PieceWork’s July/August 2017 issue, Laura Ricketts pays tribute to an Australian needleworker of note, crochet designer Mary Card (1861–1940). “Mary Card’s Filet-Crochet Café Curtain with Poppy Motif to Make” is Laura’s homage to the stunning filet-crochet work of Mary […]

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Seeking out something special to crochet for a new baby? Look back to the Victorian era for inspiration. Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) has just the project to honor a newborn, a Square for Baby’s Quilt. But wait! There’s no illustration. What does this crochet Square for Baby’s Quilt […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project: Cloud

The name “Cloud” from Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) gives no hint as to what shape or form this pattern named for vapor takes. Another in our series of mysterious projects, we implore you to chain on and help lift the haze to unveil this obscure project taken from […]

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Students have returned to classes, the temperatures are cooling; you might even see the leaves start to change! Fall is just around the corner. If you’re like me, you hold onto summer as long as you can before fall arrives. Here are 5 quick crochet projects that can help you ignore the signs of fall: […]

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