Hidden away for decade after decade, a chance family discovery revealed several boxes of wonderful crocheted samples in sizes ranging upwards from very tiny to around 5 or 6 inches, as well as crocheted lace borders and trims.
The boxes also contained the intricately fine crochet tools used to make them. This prompted me to investigate in some of my books on antique sewing tools which contained photos and reference to some which were very similar. I was in total heaven - and so much in awe of the beautiful pieces made during Isabelle McLeod’s lifetime from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Her obituary even makes mention that she was renown for her wonderful needlework skills.
There are so many of these little pieces, but they are toooo yummy to leave hidden in a box! So I have stitched some randomly into a cushion to decorate our bed. On the reverse side (below), I have stitched another piece which may be a little difficult to read…. “Centenary of Victoria” in the centre, “1834″ vertically to the left and “1934″ vertically to the right.
I just love to see these gorgeous things brought back to life! It is very humbling to see, to touch and to reflect on the amazing work by our women forebears in earlier times - to marvel at the creativity and to understand the importance of textiles for these women. They may have lived in difficult times and their perhaps stark surroundings were scattered with beautiful treasures of their own making. Their own creative and practical endeavours were no doubt encouraged from a young age, and probably provided a most glorious sense of achievement.