1957 was the year Maria in our club got married. There were no lace gloves so she crocheted these for her wedding outfit. The skill involved is impressive. It would have taken time and a very tiny needle. She would have needed a lot of patience and high levels of concentration but, then, that is Maria. She brought these gloves along to the club so we could see them. This sort of fine crochet is no longer seen very often but the skills involved are high level and worth preserving. Mass produced lace gloves do not have the quality.
So what else happened in 1957?
Scotland discovered ultrasound imaging.
Our Prime Minister in Australia was Sir Robert Menzies.
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1
The Cat in the Hat and from Russia with Love were popular reads.
Jailhouse Rock and The Bridge on the River Kwai were popular films.
The European Economic Community was formed
The first Frisbee was sold.
It was a big year and it had these beautiful gloves in it.
If you can crochet, you can do filet crochet and if you can’t crochet, you can learn how to do it. Maria is an expert. Her capacity to turn very fine yarn into something beautiful is legendary! This tablecloth is something she found in her UFO (unfinished objects) stash and she decided to pull it out and finish it so her coffee table has an upgrade. It’s just beautiful and it’s hard to imagine someone actually made this. Maria does fine filet crochet with ease because she is experienced. She had the paper pattern with her and had made the squares and was joining them together with a lacy seam. It is better to start off with thicker yarn and a bigger hook if you are new to it so you get the hang of reading the pattern.
Maria had made up her own one on graph paper but you can find patterns on the internet or draw patterns of your own. Where you have crosses or blocks of colour you crochet a stitch. Most often a treble crochet. Once you have mastered this you can make shawls, tablecloths, bags, jackets. It is worth the time to practise it.