Old-Fashioned

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When I was about 10, my mom taught my sister and me to do simple embroidery and crochet.We churned out dishtowels, pillowcases, doilies, and hand towels.  I don’t know if much of our handiwork still exists.  I have a couple of things from that era–dresser scarves and lacy doilies.

They’re out of fashion these days. If you don’t  know how to do it yourself, you can find all sorts of things in antique shops. Or, you can find machine-crocheted edgings.  Or you could even learn how to do it yourself!

I keep hoping such finery will become popular again. I’ve noticed lots of lacy tunics and shrugs over the last couple of years, so I guess there’s still hope.  I’ve also noticed more knitted lace, as well. I love the look knitted lace gives to a sweater or  shawl. Very elegant, and if you make it yourself, you’ll be the trend- setter among your friends.  Well, maybe. Not everyone loves lace. Some find it too fussy and old-fashioned. I just think it’s pretty.

There are some things in my linen closet that were made by Terry’s grandmother and his mother, Cut work, tatting, fine-thread crochet. I know how to do all that, and someday maybe I’ll dust off my skills. I’ve already used up some leftover yarn to make thick, tightly-crocheted potholders.  They’re pretty and practical.

If young girls tell you they don’t want to sit around doing fancy work all day, take away their cell phones. A couple of days of withdrawal will happen.  You could lock them in their rooms and shove bread and water at them until that’s over, and when you unlock the door again (this is a fairy tale) they will say, “Mom, could you teach us to crochet?”  and everyone will live happily ever after.

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18 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned

    1. Or you could pick up a “how to crochet” book targeted to young girls. Very clear visuals and easy directions. I’m a “see it-read it–do it myself kind of learner. But a class may be perfect for you Good luck!

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      1. Good idea! I will look for a “how to crochet” book. I was already planning on going to Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble this afternoon! When I learned how to smock, I took a class and I enjoyed seeing the other creations. However, I still needed to get a “how to book” to really learn!!

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  1. This brings back memories of my mother crocheting things for the end tables, and doing other kinds of crocheting. I remember her using starch to make the design stand up. I love the last paragraph of your post! It so true!

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    1. Since I wrote that piece I’ve been informed that there are classes in knit and crochet at Michael’s, a crafter’s paradise store; also, that there are quilting groups that meet during the school year. I’m delighted that the crafts are being kept alive

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  2. Beep Toot

    I completely agree with you. Every thread speaks something, but the fashion these days lack in detail and love from the maker itself. Would you mind checking out my blog? I have a poetic interpretation of fashion and we create old styled clothing for young girls. I think you might have an interest in it!

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