HNW - Crochet History Noramunro at
Wed Aug 16 11:54:28 PDT 2000

In a message dated 8/16/00 1:40:06 PM EDT, claning at writes:

> A simple chain stitch may have been around earlier, if you consider 
>  some pieces mentioned by Santina Levey in _Lace: A History_. She 
>  cites inventories that mention something that sounds a lot like a 
>  chain-stitched cord, which is then sewn down as an ornamental braid

For the record, something apparently like a simple chain was used on the 
Gunnister purse, as well.  Quoting from Audrey S. Henshall and Stuart 
Maxwell, "Clothing and Other Articles from a Late Seventeenth-Century Grave 
at Gunnister, Shetland" (_PSAS_ 1951-52):

"The loops at the top edge occur every 6th stitch, and consist of a single 
row of chained loops, such as might be made with a crochet hook.  They are 
worked in with the casting-on.  It looks as if 6 stitches were cast on, and 
with the same thread a chain of 7 loops made, the last loop being knitted 
together with the 6th cast-on stitch; this process is then repeated." (39)  
(The bag was knitted in the round and had 86 stitches cast on at the top).

Now, this doesn't mean it was necessarily done that way, just that it looked 
to Miss Henshall (who was a pretty good textile historian and knew the 
difference between knitting, crochet, and nalebindning) that it was done that 
way.  If anyone has anything more recent on the Gunnister purse I'd be glad 
to hear about it.

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