The week before I went to Denmark to do the Workshops in Skive Library, I found a picture of my Granny being held in the arms of my Great Granny, my Great Grandfather and my granny’s siblings are also in the picture and I spotted a few crochet collars on the girls in the picture, cute little ones and I am sure they came from my Great Granny’s hand. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make out any detail to try to replicate them.
Crochet Vintage Collar & Buttons © Irene Lundgaard
However, I was inspired and today I set to work with some mercerised cotton and a 1.75 mm hook and started making up my own little collars, they are very much on the experimental side of being anything yet – as is my choice of buttons.
I love buttons, my granny had the most wonderful collection of buttons as she was a dress maker, a few of the ones in the picture are actually from her stash. Some of the ones I found as potential buttons for the collars I am playing around with are just too ancient and worn to be used, but they are still charming and will be put back in the box where they normally live once I have picked out the ones I want to use.
I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with the collars once they are done, but perhaps they will find their way to my stall at our annual Christmas Spirit Fair at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely that Margarete and I have organized for the last few years. I think they just might make it there and who knows, a pattern may roll off the fingers too!