Thursday, 21 February 2008

Filet Crochet

Found out what the name of the cotton lace I am using! It is called Filet Crochet.

"Filet crochet is an old technique, which reached elaborate heights in the late nineteenth century. It is still very popular today, particularly in Holland, France and Germany, where it is used to make curtains, table cloths and figurative panels, as well as decorative edging. It consists of a regular square mesh, made from trebles (triples) and chain stitches, and the design is crated by filling in some of the spaces which blocks of stitches." sourced from Creative Needlecraft Handbook by Lucinda Ganderton

Hhhhhmmmm I have never been one for crochet or knitting - I have had a go - but the results were more like knotting! But I am feeling tempted to learn - just did a quick surf at how tos and I think I will have to ask someone to show me - those instructions look way too complicated


Sandi Marshall said...

Here's an easier way ...
For learning how to filet crochet, here's a link to a blog post that tells about a pattern with the filet crochet directions completely written out, row by row, for anyone just trying filet crochet for the first time (you don't need to know how to read a filet crochet chart to make this filet crochet piece but can compare the written directions to the chart if you want to, to learn how to do filet crochet from a chart ... or you can just crochet from the written directions without comparing to the chart and you will have made something in filet crochet):

This is also helpful, a filet crochet learning visual, to more easily understand filet crochet charts ... here's a link to a page, where if you scroll down that page a little, you'll see images showing a small portion of a filet crochet chart, showing (beside that) in a photo what the small part of the chart looks like when crocheted and giving the written directions to compare with also:

If needed, there's a list of links to help for doing various crochet stitches in the Crochet Stitch and Technique Index at:

Filet crochet lace is beautiful and can be a lot of fun to make. Once you understand how to do filet crochet from a chart and don't need the written directions anymore, it opens up a whole new world of fun and limitless possiblities!


tjoyy said...

goodness thanks Sandi


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