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Topic: The "Laura Ingalls Wilder Doily"  (Read 8626 times)
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« on: July 18, 2009 01:05:14 PM »

I love the look of filet crochet, but man, does it take patience!  I summoned just enough to make this piece, with size 30 thread and a size 12 steel hook:

The pattern is from Piecework Magazine, May/June 2008.  It was designed by Belinda Carter after a piece made by Laura Ingalls Wilder (on display at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home/museum in Mansfield, Missouri).  Now, Wilder got the pattern from a 1936 book by Mary Card, in which the piece is entitled "Java Sparrows with Narcissus in a Table Mat."  Whew!  Got all that?  Around the internet, everybody just seems to call it the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Doily," so I'm going with that.

This was sometimes frustrating, sometimes fun . . . made a few mistakes, but I'm happy.  Now I think I'm going to go back to amigurumi-making for a while.  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009 01:09:54 PM »

Wow! It is beautiful. I am in awe of your patience.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009 05:11:05 PM »

Beautiful piece!

Filet definitely takes a lot of patience. I've been working on one big filet piece for well over a year now, because it gets boring and also physically wears me out.  Thin thread, long patterns, fingers doing the exact same movements again and again and again and AGAIN! My eyes and fingers get worn out in no time, so I'll work on it for a few weeks, then put it away and work on some yarn until I can face Mister Filet Gryphon again.  Tedious stuff.

But it is really worth it in the end. I love the look of filet.
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009 06:52:12 PM »

Really pretty!  Must have been hard on the eyes at times.  Great job though, it makes me want to try my hand at filet, it's so rewarding in the end
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2009 06:58:47 PM »

oh wow.  that's so pretty!  i applaud your patience.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009 01:39:10 AM »

I'm kinda new to crochet, but I have already decided I will never have patience to do doilies, and this one is incredible.  You did a great job!
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009 11:18:59 AM »

Very pretty! Grin I don't think I would have the patience to do filet crochet! You did an excellent job! Grin

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009 05:42:48 AM »

that's very pretty!  i haven't tried filet myself, but i really like the look of it.  you did a great job!

« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2009 07:47:54 PM »

i think pieces like this are absolutely beautiful but would never have the patience.
you did beautiful work. Smiley
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2009 10:42:37 AM »

I am really impressed with your patience. You have made something beautiful.
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