Saturday, May 17, 2014

Netted Escallop Borders - If at first you don't succeed . . .

I wanted to show you the finished Netted Escallop Borders on page 147, illustrated on page 148, of Peterson's Magazine (Vol. 41-42), published in 1862. It was designed by Mrs. Jane Weaver.

I encountered a few problems. The instructions were almost non-existent:

"The best way of attaching these is to add a preparatory row to the article, in which, having measured the distances which the escallop will occupy, a loop must be introduced with the thread twice round the mesh, to allow of the first long loops to be netted upon it. These rows which appear thick, and show a sort of pattern in the netting, are done by passing the thread three times round the fingers, netting the three as one loop."

With the help of the illustration I was able to figure out the pattern.

However, I could not figure out how the Netted Escallop was to be attached to the previous netting. It looks so easy in the illustration. Maybe during the week I will be more successful.  Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

I started hemstitching the handkerchiefs for my daughters and granddaughters. It took me about 2 hours to do one side. With the time it took to pull the threads a few weeks ago, I'm guessing it will take me about 10 hours to prepare one handkerchief. I hope I get faster as I go along. If that was all I had to do, I could finish them in less than a month.

Today I finished re-making the doily I named Compass. It is 20 inches in diameter and used about 114 yards of size 30 crochet thread to tie 5,872 knots.


Dorothy Morgan said...

That is beautiful!

Rita said...

Thank you, Dorothy, I love netting.