Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Crochet Samplers

In the 19th century, before printed crochet patterns were widely available, a valuable teaching tool and source of creative inspiration were crochet samplers. These decorative pieces were handed down through the generations to become not only treasured family heirlooms, but important sources of crochet instruction. They were often added to, joined together into impressive collages or simply preserved in family albums.

Young girls of this time period were taught to sew, knit and crochet. Needle cases were often the first item they made, as they were small, simple projects to complete and they made appropriate gifts for family and friends.


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