This is a great
you tube link 
it demonstrates  
The  Magic Crochet
Circle Stitch


 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

                                                                           Delsie Rhoades
                                                                           850 Lincoln Street
                                                                          Aumsville, OR 97324



Dear Friends

 I have recently updated my website.  I hope to be able to create a newsletter once a month and send it to those of you that I have met through my website.  I will share with you some crochet information, free patterns ect.  I hope that you enjoy them.

I have been ill a lot of the time in the last few years and I have found it hard to complete some of my goals that I have made for my crochet.   If I have times were I am not feeling well I may miss a newletter, but with the Lords help, if I continue to do as well as I am right now, I will be able to keep in contact with you once a month through my newsletter.

If you have anything that you would like to share let me know.  I will add them to my newsletter.


May God Bless,
Delsie Rhoades

  Grandma's Cushion
BY MRS. ALICE M. PARKER

Over an oblong cushion
A woman's Head bends low,
As she studies the pattern  of crochet,
Workded a hundred years ago.

The Silk which covered the underside
Has almost rotted away,
But the warm, rich tints of the cover
Are Softly bright to-day.

The filling is softest lamb's-wool,
Which once was white as snow,
Fleece of a lamb that lived and died
A hundred years ago.

The Cord which trims the edges
Is of many a lonely hue,
Matching the center colors---
The red, green, brown and blue.

Each daintlily shaded diamond
In its own self-colored row,
Was wrought by Polly for sister Dolly
A hundred years ago.

This is the way this edging was originally written in 1923:
Edging by Carrie Saunders
Make a chain 5 stitches longer than the length desired.

1.  A treble (tr) in 8th st from hook, * ch 2, miss 2, 1 tr in next st.  Repeat from *
2.  Chain(ch) 4, 1 tr in last space (sp) of  first row, * ch 2, 1 tr in next sp.  Repeat from *
3.  Ch 8, 1 dc in 4th st from hook,  1 triple treble (t tr in first sp of preceding row, * ch 4,  1 dc in t tr just made, another t tr in same sp. Rep from * until there are ll t tr in same sp, miss 2 sp, 1 dc in top of tr at end of sp, miss 2 sp, 1 t tr in next sp, ch 4, 1 dc in top of t tr just made.  Repeat t tr and picots until there are 11 t tr in same sp.  Repeat from * 
Vintage Pattern fromThe American Needlewoman October 1923

The poem below is from my collection of antique crochet publications it was in the November issue of Needlecraft 1916.   This poem was written almost a hundred years ago, it is talking about something that was made a hundred years before, which would have been about 1816, being recreated or restored.  It amazes me how relevant it is still to day. 

I had a friend that had a antique piece of crochet lace that her grandmother had crocheted, she thought the gaping hole in it was beyond repair, but she could not bear to part with it because it had so many fond memories for her. I was able to repair it for her.  I took the unraveled piece of thread and replaced the missing design in it.  I have also finished a crochet project my friends mother was not able to complete before she died. 

 Sometimes families cherish the little memories of mom sitting by the fireplace in the evening crocheting lace. I don't know what it is about these things that hold such strong memories.  I think it is that each stitch has been carefully crafted by the person making it with there own hand that  makes old antique crochet lace especially precious to those that receive it from a cherished loved one.

I have collected antique crochet patterns every since I learned to crochet.  I have been crocheting for the last 20 years.  I have my own personal collection of these special patterns.  I love there vintage charm and antique design.  I am glad to be able to share some of my collections with you in my Vintage Crochet Section of my newsletter.

Crochet Hint
  from January 1917 Needlecraft

When beginning a piece of filet-crochet, When the first row is of spaces,  I find the following method easier, and the work more even, then to make a chain of the entire length:  Chain 7, turn; make a dc in 1st stitch of chain, * chain 5, turn a dc in 3rd stitch of turning chain, and repeat from * until you have the requisite number of spaces.  You thus do two rows in one, and have a row of spaces to work in stead of the chain.--L. A. B., Michigan.

I have used this technique before on some of my  filet crochet designs. It makes the filet lace much more even with the top to bottom, especially on large filet projects.  When you go to block it is much easier.   I thought I invented this technique LOL until I read this article from 1917 someone thought of it a long time before I did.  I guess "THERES NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN" as the old saying goes.

In antique crochet books and leaflets the terms used in crochet are different then they are today
 below is a link the explains some of the differences.  

This is the same pattern written with the term used today:
I have given both examples, so you can see the difference in the way terms in patterns used to be written compared to how they are written now.  I hope this helps when you crochet antique patterns.

Edging by Carrie Saunders
Make a chain 5 stitches longer than the length desired.

1.  A dc in 8th st from hook, * ch 2, skip 2, 1 dc in next st.  Repeat from *

2.  Chain(ch) 4, 1 dc in last space (sp) of  first row, * ch 2, 1 dc in next sp.  Repeat from *

3.  Ch 8, 1 sc in 4th st from hook,  1 triple crochet  (trc in first sp of preceding row, * ch 4,  1 sc in trc  just made, another trc in same sp. Rep from * until there are ll trc in same sp, skip 2 sp, 1 sc in top of dc at end of sp, skip 2 sp, 1 trc in next sp, ch 4, 1 slip st in top of trc just made.  Repeat trc and picots until there are 11 trc in same sp.  Repeat from * 

Lamp Shade Cover

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