Friday, February 6, 2009

More Stuff To Finish

In the spirit of finishing objects I decided it was time to finish this tablecloth. Before knitting, my first love, dare I say it...was crochet. Not the normal blankets and granny squares, although I've done my fair share of those as well, no what had my heart beating faster was filet crochet with nice really thin cotton yarn and a 1.5 mm needle. That's the size of hook that hair dressers use if they are pulling you hair through a cap for highlights, really, really tiny.

Filet crochet is really just a series of triple crochet and spaces to create flowers, leaves, birds, whatever and this table cloth did fit my previous table.

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It's not quite wide enough for the new table and my intention was to add a border to both sides of about an inch. When the knitting fever struck it was relegated to the back of the shelf. Today it's time to finish it.

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Once it's washed, starched and blocked, I think it will look a lot nicer and I'm going to enjoy using it. It's not to every ones taste and I know my offspring's not crazy about it but it suits me

13 Comments:

Blogger Brenda said...

Did you keep track of how long it took to do? It is going to be an heirloom for your kids and grands! I can't even imagine tackling a project that large. Really beautiful!

February 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Brenda, I'm not sure my son or my grandsons would want something like this but they are keeping a hope chest for baby Elliotte, maybe she will get it...

February 6, 2009 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Rudee said...

It's stunning. My grandmother used to tat and the things she made look a lot like this. Clearly, you're very talented. I must meet up with you so you can teach me crochet. I'm all thumbs with a hook.

February 6, 2009 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Rudee, looking forward to that day...

February 6, 2009 at 11:33 PM  
OpenID amandacathleen said...

O.M.G. Rositta! That is just stunning! Crochet has its place, its not like its a bad thing. Crochet can be beautiful! And your table cloth is certainly that! Wow! Wow! Wow!

February 17, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Thanks Amanda Cathleen, now I've got to get my sweeties cardigan sewn up and blocked and then I'll post it. I love this tablecloth and it suits my house...

February 17, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Oh Rositta, that filet crochet is simply amazing! Learning to do this is one of the next things on my list.

At www.beforeourtime.com we are considering introducing a segment celebrating those who are keeping old-time skills alive. I'm not sure when we will start this but if you're interested let us know via email: beforeourtime@bigpond.com

March 30, 2009 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Megan, thank you for visiting. Filet crochet is a lot simpler than it looks truly...

March 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Bhavna said...

Gosh! This is so beautiful!

April 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Zaz said...

i Love it, rositta. i found a shawl i had made with grandma first teaching me the stitches then i found some design in a magazine there that belonged to my aunt. your work brought back to memory my sweet sweet grandma.

hey, here in france people are buying old monogrammed bedsheets, cutting out the ruined cloth and dying the rest in pretty cheerful colors.

you never know, your children may just do that. go to "marie claire idee" website and check all they do with vintage pieces.
also, thank you for your compliment on my coat.

April 6, 2009 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Oh Zaz, I wish I could read French, that looks like an interesting website, so sad...ciao

April 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Gramma Ann said...

Just read about you on "Before Our Time" and popped right over to see what I have been missing. The tablecloth is lovely. I will be back for a look, see often.

April 8, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

Gramma Anne, thank you for your visit. I hope I don't disappoint, there are way more creative people out there.

April 8, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

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