victorian crochet

20 Jul

Last month for my birthday I was given this fantastic book Victorian Crochet by my friend Sandell. It is a compilation, published in 1974, of the Nineteen Series of Weldon’s Practical Crochet.

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These individual magazines were originally published, circa 1895, as a series of newsletters sold on subscription for 2s 6d and posted free to any part of the world!

The phone number of the company was 2745!

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If anything was going to make me finally learn how to crochet more than a straight line then this is the book to do it!

The ladies Opera Hoop and Collarette is definitely something to aspire too, maybe in about 10 years time I will be able to post my finished product!

It requires “6oz of white and 2oz of a pale shade of greeny-blue giant wool, and a large wooden crochet needle the size to measure 1 1/2 inches round”!

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It is filled with 500 different patterns and many different techniques, the following only being a few of my favourites!

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Bulgarian Head-dress

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Baby's Pilch

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Dorothy Frock, for a child of four

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Ladies' Jacket

Wow, I think I need to take a step back and begin with a small square!

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