A few months ago, I did some cleaning out in my email account. I got rid of a lot of excess newsletters from blogs and companies that I didn’t really read. I did keep my favorites, which were surprisingly few. One of those newsletters was from Interweave Press, a company that publishes material for many types of fiber enthusiasts and artists. I’m glad I kept it, otherwise I would have missed Vintage Crochet.
Some background, first. One of Interweave’s magazines is Needlework Traditions. This magazine specializes in the history of fiber and most of its projects are inspired by or are modernized vintage patterns. Most of these patterns are knitting (sigh) while there is some weaving and embroidery. They also manage to slip in a crochet pattern from time time. Even though I enjoy this magazine, I had to stop getting it because there are a lot of knitting patterns and I don’t knit, plus I unfortunately lack time to read all of the interesting articles.
My husband will tell you that I whine a lot about knitting receiving so much more attention than crochet. It’s understandable. Knitting has been around a long time and is very useful. However, crochet has made a lot of strides in recent years and it is not just a fancy-work craft. You can actually get some useful garments, bags and household items from crochet.
So, imagine my happiness when a whiner like myself, who loves history and crochet saw this special publication from Interweave, “Vintage Crochet”. I was excited beyond words and ordered it immediately. As soon as I received it in the mail – and I had it by the next week – I started drooling over the patterns inside.
Inside this issue (the first of I hope many) there are several articles about crochet – my favorite was “Jabez Ridgwell: A Boer War Soldier Crochets,” by Mimi Seyforth. Ridgwell, who was wounded in the war England fought against the Boer settlers in South Africa, learned to crochet as a form of rehabilitation during his recovery. He eventually crocheted a baby blanket (a pattern is included) which is still used by his descendants. There was also a little side bar about Queen Victoria’s famous crocheted scarves, which were awarded to veterans of the South African wars.
There are articles about Irish lace, Italian lace, sample books, how crochet factors into the “Anne of Green Gables” series and about hairpin lace. Stunning patterns are also linked to many of the articles. My favorite – and it is so hard to choose! – is either the one on the cover or the Hairpin Lace Open Cardigan. I’ve never tried hairpin lace, but this pattern inspires me. Other patterns include a lace trimmed apron, a skirt, a linen project bag, two other cute bags, a gorgeous lace shawl, patterns for children, patterns inspired by Irish and Clones lace along with several others that are nice for the home and to wear.
All in all Vintage Crochet is a great resource! You really should check it out.
*I do not receive any compensation from this review. I just want to recommend something I really like.