Crochet sample book. Kathe Radtke.
Crochet sample book
Crochet sample book
Crochet sample book
Crochet sample book

Crochet sample book

N.p., n.d. [Pennsylvania? ca. 1870s?]. Small 4to (approx. 8¼" x 6½"), 7 leaves onto which are sewn approximately 20 samples of cotton crochet (2 or 3 folding out beyond the the confines of the leaves; several are loosely laid in; marbled paper-covered notebook, manuscript paper label "Abschriften fur Kathe Radke" on the upper cover, lower cover wanting, the stitching broken; the crochet samples are attached to the leaves by thread; inside the front cover is a manuscript index. Ostensibly, this is from a collection of Pennsylvania Germans, but the verdict is out. Some of the crochet is of sturdy cotton strands and others are of a finer, more lace-like construction. A few of the patterns are identified in German script. There are no known records of actual crocheted items dating to much earlier than 1800; no one is completely sure when and where the history of croche first began. It has been suggested that early crochet evolved from another form of stitching called Tambour which involved yarn loops pulled through fabric. The first published patterns appears in 1824 in the Dutch magazine Penelope, and in 1842 Mlle. Reigo de la Branchardiere began publishing complex patterns and instructions for crochet that resembled bobbin lace. In crochet's early days it was considered a pastime of the upper classes and the lower classes were encouraged to knit in order to make basic necessities or repair socks and other apparel. Item #57009

Price: $225.00

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