[HNW] Crocheted tablecloth photos (but not very historic)

Carol Thomas scbooks at mindspring.com
Thu Oct 30 20:42:21 PDT 2008

No earth shattering evidence, but here is a link to an archive of old 
crochet patterns which I wandered into while googling around.  A 
quick scan of the available patterns come from 1848 and later.


This is not an area I know much about, but thought you might find 
this reference archive interesting.  I took a quick look at a few of 
the earliest books; none had any historical information.


At 07:43 PM 10/30/2008, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I've posted pictures of a tablecloth crocheted by my gradmother at:
>   http://f2.org/textiles/crochet/
>At a guess it's around 70 years old (memo to self: ask mum), so
>the tablecloth itself doesn't count as very historical.
>I was surprised however, after an exhaustive and in-depth search of all
>available reference material (cough, cough, Wikipedia, cough), to learn
>that there's little or no record of crochet before the early 1800s,
>and little is known of its origins.
>Do the crochet gurus on HN have concrete, earth-shattering evidence
>(or theories) on the origins of crochet that are waiting to explode
>onto CNN?
>I know I should check the HN archives before asking, but HN has
>been quiet lately and there's a chance the question will provoke
>entertaining discussion (or even scandalized outrage).
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