Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lace: the perfect accent

My latest inspiration has been edgings, particularly crochet lace and tatted lace. I think these edgings dress up a plain 'ole dishtowel rather well. Very shabby chic. It has been a while since I picked up the steel crochet hooks, so making these has been a good way to ease back into it.

I have found this book most useful, especially when making long lengths of lace. It's called 111 Easy Edgings. I picked up my copy at a Ben Franklin in MO, but I've seen this book in most craft stores as well. Instead of the traditional long-chain method, where you often must estimate how long you want your lace to be, these patterns are worked top to bottom so you build length as you go- it makes things much easier.

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