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starbright57

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About starbright57

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A Few Things About Me

  • Location
    Midwest USA
  • Hobbies
    crocheting, knitting, reading, internet surffing
  • Occupation
    retired
  • Favorite projects
    thread crochet and afghans
  • Crocheting since...
    since about 1958
  1. Glad the motif turned out a reasonable size for you. Now what you could do is ravel it and find out how much thread one motif will use and buy an extra ball. Like Sunny said, if you run short, the new will not match. When I started to crochet, I made everything is South Maid white and I didn't have a problem. Nowadays....you probably would. One would think they would improve on colors, but it has got worse. Maybe it is because they buy cotton from all over the world and it has a different texture and absorbs colors differently. Have fun with your tablecloth. Mary
  2. Doreen, your doilies are beautiful. Thank you for posting the pictures. I love crocheting doilies and recently have discovered filet crochet. Would you happen to remember which issue and year or number of the Magic Crochet magazine that the "Love One Another" pattern was published. I would love to try my hand at making it. Hope your remember, maybe I can find it on ebay since they have a lot of Magic Crochet books for sale. Thank you, Mary
  3. I was just browsing through all the beautiful patterns again. I hope Dot and Spike are both healthy and happy. I always enjoyed our conversations on About.com. Mary
  4. Well....that didn't take long. Sometimes I think looking for patterns is like looking for a needle in a hay stack in my "libarary" of patterns. If your afghan is exactly like the Herrschners pictures you have, here is your pattern on ebay. It is in the book called Afghans for all Seasons and the pattern is called Spring Clover on page 14 done in shades of green. It was printed in 1993 by Leisure Arts. Hardcover: ISBN 0-942237-23-4 softcover: ISBN 0-942237 - 24-2 Library of Congress Catalog Number: 93-077419 There is a picture of the afghan on this link, that is why I am posting that link. You may wish to bid on another, although this seems well priced with buy it now and you don't have to wait around and bid on it. Or you may find it through Amazon.com or some other online book seller. Just be sure you buy the above ISBN numbers for either the hard or soft cover since this was the first of the series. I have the hardcover edition and I find those nicer. There are some other beautiful patterns in the book. Hope this helps, Mary http://cgi.ebay.com/Afghans-For-All-Seasons-Crochet-Pattern-Book-52-Designs_W0QQitemZ170262809321QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116
  5. I would go ahead and finish it, that is if you have enough thread. Depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet, I would say you will have a approximately twice the size of the original size. The regular pattern is 18", so with the size 10 thread, it will turn turn into something like 36" to 40" inches. I started crocheting with white thread when I was younger. Mainly because I was making a tablecloth and couldn't afford the thread all at once. So I would buy a couple balls, get that worked up and then go buy two more. It would take me about a week to crochet up a ball of thread. It wasn't something that I thought I could drag out for too long of time. I think the final edges would really be pretty. Mary
  6. CD spindle....great idea. Don't feel bad...I haven't made the connection between crocheting and CD spindles until you mentioned it just now. :-)
  7. I have made some doilies into bowls by sugar starching them. I have a vintage set of Pyrex primary color bowls and I have starched the doily, turned the bowl upside down, put plastic wrap over it and smoothed the doily over the bowl and let the doily dry. While it is drying you still have time to pull down picots, etc. You can fill them with wrapped candy for Easter, Halloween or with a bigger doily, bill it with Christmas balls. I bought a pattern through the internet to make a bowl look like a spider web which was made out of black thread. And have made one doily that is red for Valentine's day. You could actually make two doilies. One to sit on the table and then the bowl to sit on the doily.
  8. I agree that the size of the thread hasn't changed, but the quality has changed. I made two bedspreads out of white South Maid in mid 60's. I think the yardage on the white used to be 500 or 600 yards. I don't think South Maid has changed other than the yardage on the balls. In the 60's and onward, they stopped making many colors. Just recently they are making more colors again. Size 10 thread is available, but usually I have to order size 30 from Herrschners. Also all of the old 10 cent crochet books of the 40's and 50's had patterns made of size 30 and 50 thread. I have a lot of vintage thread which was my grandmother's and a friend found a whole sack full at the thrift store. I have been having fun recreating vintage linens with embroidery and crocheted edges. I had a ball of vintage pink rose thread fade when washed. It bled into the white, but when I washed it again, it washed out. So colorfast was not always available to crocheters. The 20's and early 30's were the era of white crochet, and they had rayon type embroidery floss.Then I think they discovered colorfast and boilfast for embroidery floss, and the colored crochet thread followed.
  9. I ordered this exact same set of pillowcases from Herrschners about three or four years ago. They have appeared in their catalog since then too. They have two patterns for Southern Belles like this and also pillowcases with a crocheted peacock set. Herrscheners does have a web site, but I don't believe they are shown there. Your best bet might be to call their toll free number and ask. The design is stamped on the pillowcases and the crohet pattern is provided. I didn't really care about the fabric of the set. It is a poly/cotton blend and not like the old vintage set. I traced the pattern off and made a couple more sets for gifts. I made my pillowcases out of Martha Steward/KMart 200 thread per inch sheets. You could probably use the queen pillowcases too. I didn't want to use the regular size pillow cases because I thought if I took the hem out, the sewing machine stitches would still show. Been a long time since you posted....hope you find this suggestion helpful. Initally I thought you had posted this in March 2005....I now realize this is when you joined the forum. :-)
  10. Interesting that you should bring up that pattern. There was a discussion recently on the Rose of Erin doily. I tried making it long ago and got to past the roses and couldn't get the spirals to fit. So I quit at that point. Recently, it was still on my mind and I decided to make it again in size 30 thread. It is evidently and old old pattern. In old patterns they always assume you know what to do or they think you should know more than you do. You have to "fudge" the number of loops to get the spirals to fit. I think I needed to add more. We were also discussing the history of Ireland/Erin in regard to this pattern. You will notice that there are 13 roses. Not an even amount like most crochet patterns. I believe that this number must have something to do with the folklore of Ireland. I keep hoping someone will know the history. In the last post, I believe someone said that their great aunt made it before the 1900's. You will also notice that the swirls are an even number on the outside edge. It is an interesting pattern that is for sure. I got it done and it is beautiful.
  11. that is one great looking little purse! I have some jiffy crochet cotten that I might try it with; would be a bit smaller I think. Mary
  12. Crochetrae......After reading about this pattern now, I am beginning to realize that it is a very old pattern. Old patterns usually assume you know what to do and the directions are a general guideline. Like I said, I had to "fudge" plenty of times. I tried the first time with size 10 thread, mainly because I wanted a big doily and I was a beginner crocheter so size 10 was just a tad easier.. I got the roses on but couldn't get the outside motifs on. So I ended my project after the roses, put on some picots on the outside edge and used it that way. The pattern always was on my mind so I started again five or six years ago. Every time I would go through my books, there was that lovely doily and I just wanted to make it. I think you have to decide to just attach the roses to the row below and still maintain the right amount of loops to attach the other motifs on the outer row. Even if it means making two loops and single crochet in the loop below. If you don't have enough loops for the outside motifs, just make more loops.There are so many loops, that I think it just gets worked in. If you have too many loops, just sort of double them up by single crocheting in one loop and the next loop in the row below with no chain between. Hope you do try it again. I still would like to know more of the history of this doily and I believe it is way back in Ireland's history.
  13. That's interesting that it is such an old pattern. I think the crochet book that I have would be late 40's or early 50's. It is featured on the cover. I was going to give the doily to a young lady by the name of Erin....but the number 13 kept me from doing it. I guess I am superstitious. I would love to know the history of this doily, especially now that you say it is such an old pattern. I don't think many patterns were written down way back then, so this tells us it was a well-loved pattern then even. I have some turn of the century pattern books and they were using size 50 thread. How in the world did they crochet with that fine of thread with the lighting they had. I used a lot of safety pins to mark where I was at and I think I had to fudge to get the required amount of loops in...that pattern is not without a bit of frustration. Older patterns were not as precise as those that are written today. They let you make a lot of decisions on your own, or presumed you knew a lot more that one does sometimes. I am so glad you mentioned that it was one of your favorite patterns and that your gr gr aunt had made it. I'd love to know what my gr gr aunt had crocheted. Crocheting was done by my grandmother, so I bet her sister did too and her mother. My grandmother came from Germany. Now if our relatives had come from Ireland/Erin, maybe we would know the answer. Maybe some Irish heritage crocheters will know. Good luck in getting it done (please keep trying) and I hope you can help solve the mystery. Mary
  14. Stacy....I love the Rose of Erin too. I have the pattern in the original 10 cent crochet book. I fell in love with the pattern the minute I saw it when a friend gave me the book. She used to crochet and not longer made doilies so she gave me her old books. I tried it once, when I first started crocheting and just got as far as past the roses and then I couldn't get it figured out. About five years ago, I tried it again. Do you know why there are 13 roses in the wreath. Usually in crocheting things are even. The numbers become even when you get to the outside spirals where there are 16 of them. I believe there must be some story about Ireland/Erin with the group of 13 roses and then ending up with 16 spirals. I am not Irish, so I have not heard of any folk lore about Ireland and the number 13. I made the doily in size 30 thread and starched it with sugar starch, so it is very stiff. It is gorgeous and it is a beautiful pattern. Hope you or someone can shed some light on this mystery doily. Mary
  15. Thank you for sharing your great pattern. Love it! Mary
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