Tuesday, January 16, 2007
About.com's Crochet section has a small collection of vintage Venetian Crochet patterns. They are all updated versions of patterns found in the 1915 "Handbook of Needlecraft". I enlarged this square motif using Pattons "Grace" and a 3.25mm hook and am v.pleased with result.
The problem is that About.com fails to explain what Venetian Crochet is. I'm not sure that I understand where it differs from Irish Crochet (bering in mind that much of Irish Crochet technique came about from a need to recreate costly Venetian -not crocheted- Lace.) Are they basically the same thing? Is the Venetian flatter-none of the few patterns I've found include the trademark irish starting loop/cord padding or multilayered quality.
Can anyone point me in the direction of some current examples?
If you're interested in Irish Crochet here are some good resources: Victorian Crochet.com
But the Antique Irish Lace Museum is a must: Sheelin Museum
Lord Sebastian is quite puzzled by the whole thing, squinting as he is in the Venice sun.
Soundtrack:"Bron-yr-Aur Stomp", Led Zeppelin
ps This just in-Sebastian Flyte has a myspace account. Who knew?