Hints & Tips

 

Here’s a great tip from Sadie E. Hulands in 1913: When doing any kind of white work, such as crocheting, lay a piece of dark green cloth on the lap and note the difference. Green is particularly restful to the eyes.

Crochet came from the word croc, which is French for hook. Crocheting is an art of fabric creation from a thread, cord or other materials using a crochet hook.

Beginnings

 

There are many places to put your thread while you’re working on a project. My favorite container is a freezer bag. One is usually big enough for the thread, hook and pattern for a project, and I can set it in my lap while working or just grab it on the way out the door. Here are some other options from our crocheting ancestors.

 

I was amazed to find out that a friend’s grandmother was 83 years old. She didn’t look a day over 60. She spent a lot of time working in her garden in the sunshine, but she always wore a wide-brim hat and long sleeves to protect her skin.

While I was browsing RVs on Craigslist, I found this photo of a clever valance. Even camping can be glamorous!

You can make a quick valance or curtain topper to perk up any space.

I love the editor of the magazine where I find most of the patterns that I publish. When someone writes in to ask a question about a pattern, she often begins her replies with “I scarcely see how the instructions could be more clear…” or “This answer has been given so often that it hardly seems necessary…”.

Reader Myrna sent a photo of the Daffodil Altar Lace she made for her church’s altar, and it was used at their Easter Mass.

 

You finish up a big doily and discover an area of slight grime that just won’t disappear. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? The real problem is that by the time you notice anything wrong, the stain has had weeks or months to set itself into the cotton.

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