My goal is to split the “Finished Crochet Work” section of this web site into 2 separate categories: ideally, I would have one section for vintage and antique crocheted items, and the other section would be for newer work that is created using vintage and antique crochet patterns.
I’m still brainstorming ideas for how to best go about doing this.
My greatest dilemma is that, in many cases, it is difficult or impossible to precisely date a finished item without knowing the provenance. I’m finding that there are antiques & collectibles dealers who can’t even tell the difference between crochet and knitting, let alone can they tell whether a particular piece was 1890’s or 1990’s. Without doing a lot of research as to the origin of a particular pattern, I often can’t date a piece, either- and even then sometimes it’s hard to tell.
However, if the truth be told, it doesn’t matter that much to me whether a piece is a true antique or not. It is the work itself that usually “speaks” to me. I love the intricate crochet designs from bygone eras, and I am glad that there are talented artisans who are crocheting from antique and vintage crochet patterns. While I do love owning true antiques, it’s such a pleasure to own lovely handwork in pristine new condition. It’s also nice to be able to express my admiration to the artisan who created the work!
With that in mind, I have created a “Featured Crochet Sellers” page with a “finished work” category. There you will find crochet work from contemporary artisans who are crocheting with older patterns.
The first seller of finished work to be featured on that page is Demet of Demi and Julie’s Crochet Heaven:. Here are some examples of her work:
[phpbay]”antique” hand “crocheted”, 15, 39444, book tatting bobbin drawnwork reticella flanders [/phpbay]