Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Dainty Antique Treasures

My sister came to visit, and had on loan for the day some dainty bits of lace.  She thought they were tatting, but they are crochet, of course.  This is very tiny, delicate work, which I would estimate used a size 13 or 14 steel hook.

Here is a bit of rick-rack lace with a penny to show how tiny it is.  

These were made in the early 1900's by our great-grandfather's second wife.  These were her display samples for taking orders to sell lace.  the rick-rack edging above was 10 cents per yard, can you imagine!

I am glad I got to see them. I recognize some of the patterns from antique publications, but I don't know if I have them all.


  1. Isn't the tension so neat too? WOW.

  2. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Amazing! What craftsmanship! Thanks for letting us all have a look at it!

  3. The mind boggles! What a treasure for you to have. I can't imagine even crocheting yards of lace, especially with such tiny hooks! Such fine work!

  4. What wonderful pieces of work, So neat and beautifully crochet, they are worth keeping as family treasures

  5. Interesting story, thanks for showing us! Hard way to make a living.

  6. They were simply on loan for the day, but I am so glad I got to see them.