Friday, September 21, 2007

Show and Tell Friday - crocheted table runners

This is the first time I participate in Kelli's Show and Tell Friday, and I must say this is very exciting. For my first Show and Tell, I'm going to share with you these crocheted table runners that have been in our family for as long as I can remember.













All of these pretty items were hand-crocheted by my mother,Grandma, aunt, and more distant relatives. Lots of time, love, skill and effort were put into them. When I look at them, I can imagine Mom and Grandma on a peaceful evening many years ago, immersed in work and conversation.
Isn't it a shame how women today often put so little time and effort into beautifying their homes, compared to their grandmothers? Your own hand-made crafts have individuality. Nothing will compare to the memories they will hold for your family for many years.
Grandma taught my mother to crochet, and I, in my turn, learned from my mother. I'm not as good as she is yet, but I do hope to learn more and make many lovely decorations for my future home.
Thank you for visiting! For more 'Show and Tell' fun, go to Kelli's lovely blog.

42 comments:

Mica Garbarino said...

Your pieces are so delightful. Did you end up with all of them ??? What a lovely treasure. I know there are many many hours put into those and so much love must have poured out into every stitch. Nice share. Hope to see you again.

Mica

Hootin'Anni said...

I love to crochet, and I love to, as you said, immerse myself in my work...but, no conversation or I'd mess it up by missing a stitch and have to rip out. I can't chew gum and walk at the same time either! *giggles*

These are truly pieces of art, and treasures indeed!!

Welcome to Show n Tell.

Anna S said...

Mica, there were of course many more items made, which are now displayed in my cousins' homes, treasured and passed from generation to generation.

Mrs Slaq said...

Those runners are beautiful Anna! I've officially given up on crocheting in favor of knitting. I just cannot make friends with that crochet hook :) My mom, bless her, still wears the atrocious but warm and cuddly scarf I attempted years ago. I'll be replacing that with a nice knitted one she can wear in public :D I've enjoyed looking at the pictures you've posted of your work!

Becky said...

Those are just amazing. I have many of them in my closet as well. Since I do not 'use' them for the traditional sense (I do use some but have too many to put out) I have even considered framing some and putting them on the wall. They are so beautiful and I know how much work goes into them since I do knitting.

Thanks for joining show and tell. It is fun.

Penless Thoughts said...

These are truly beautiful pieces of work. How wonderful that you have them all and treasure them!!! My mother did beautiful crochet work but I never learned.

Glad you joined us in Show & Tell it is such fun!
Susan

nannykim said...

cool stuff--it is wonderful to have things that have been passed down by loved ones. I have crocheted doilies in the past and I even have one that an old lady made me for my marriage gift. She lived in a nursing home where I worked at the tiime and it meant so much to me as an expression of her love! Everytime I see it I think of her, and her love.

Lady_MSnow said...

Oh my goodness...those are absolutely beautiful!

PEA said...

Welcome to Show & Tell:-) Oh my, how precious all your crocheted table runners and doilies are, made even more special because of who made them! The detail in them is wonderful!! xo

LBP said...

Wow! What beautiful crocheet work. I am so glad you have them and appreciate their value.

Linda

Mrs. Brigham said...

These pieces are absolutely gorgeous! The ladies in your family have quite the crochet talent :o)

We have many crochet pieces from family members in our home, however, they are no longer used for their intended purpose as Peapod seems to think they are hats for her to wear. hehe. She would toddle along all day being the "Amazing Doily Head" if we would let her. :P

Terry said...

Beautiful table runners. You're right, Anna. Very few of us take the time to create things with our own hands anymore. I wish I'd had someone to teach me some of these wonderful traditions when I was a young girl. You are very fortunate.

ellen b said...

What a wonderful craft. Each one is so unique and pretty. It's nice that there's a grandaughter that truly enjoys and cherishes them..

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Very beautiful! I have doilies all over my home too...

Rebekah S. said...

What beautiful home decor!! I wish I was that talented! :) My great-grandma who is 85 still loves crocheting things like that to give away to her family as gifts. Those are some of the most precious presents to receive, as so much work and love were poured into each one.

Yes, it is so sad that women today know no needlework. I think that is a beautiful skill!

Rebekah S. said...

What a great idea show and tell Friday is! I'm going to post a pic of a skirt that my mom made for me recently, if you want to check it out.

Lana G! said...

Very pretty! What a wonderful reminder of the women who mean so much to you! Blessings on you.

Barbara H. said...

They're just beautiful, and so special that they came from women in your family. What a treasure!

Chyrll said...

The crocheted table runners are beautiful!

Kyla said...

those are so pretty and so special!!

JoAnn said...

Those are so pretty. My grandmother did that too. I want to learn so bad. I know how to crochet with yarn and such, I've just never crocheted like that. Thank you so much for sharing them, they are so beautiful. :)
JoAnn

Tracy said...

These are very lovely, Anna! The first one is my favorite. I'm just learning but I hope to be able to make those one day!

Susie said...

These are certainly beautiful pieces to be passed down through the generations.

Kelly said...

Absolutely beautiful, Anna! I have very similar ones that were passed down to me by my grandmother, which were made in the 1940s by my great-grandmother. This is the first time that I'm visiting your blog, and I am so inspired by your dedication to both your faith and your family - praying that you have a wonderful, blessed weekend! :0)

Jordin said...

Beautiful! :)

Anonymous said...

I admire tiny-gauge crochet like this so much!! I can't do it (my hook always slips), but I'm pretty proficient at making knitted lace. Anyway, I like having lacy pieces like this in the home. And how fortunate you are to have fallen heir to these treasures. Items like these only become more precious with each generation.

Brenda

Gina said...

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will come again!!
God Bless!

Hannah and Geneva Morse said...

Those are so pretty! I enjoy crocheting, but could never make something so beautiful as that!

I just posted something for Show and Tell Friday, go check it out! :)
~hannah~

Candy said...

Lovely!

Stam House said...

Wow those look great!!!

Stam House said...

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God bless
Renee

Jessica said...

Those are Beautiful!!

Sheri said...

Very special and so beautiful Anna!

Mimi said...

those pieces are just beautiful...
they are much the same patterns that my mother always made...and we had doilies on everything...thanks for your show and tell... it reminded me of my mom!!

Karen said...

So pretty. It's little touches like that that make a house a home! I wish I knew how to crochet or knit or ANYTHING!

Anna S said...

Crocheting is easy - I mean it. If I could learn, anyone can. All you need to do is learn the (few) basic stitches, and then learn to read a pattern - and then it's not difficult at all.

Rebekah S. said...

That's actually really true. My great-grandmother is an avid crocheter and I was always so intimidated, thinking that it would be really really hard, but honestly, she showed me that if I just follow the pattern and use the simple stiches that I already know, then I can make things as nice as hers. However, I don't know if I could ever make beautiful doilies like those and the ones she makes. :)

Kelli said...

What beautiful treasures, Anna! I love when you talked about all the love and care your mom, grandmother and Aunt put into these gorgeous pieces!! Thank you for joining in for show and tell!!

Kelli

Elizabeth said...

Wow ... these are all so beautiful! I love to crochet, but am not really GOOD at it yet. One day it would be lovely to be able to make things as dainty and pretty as these!

Daughter of the King said...

Those are gorgeous...and timeless...thanks for showing us.
Deby

PandaBean said...

Do you possibly have the patterns for any of these? I have recently discovered crochet thread and have made one or two little things, but I would love to work on something so gorgeous!

God Bless!

Anna S said...

PandaBean - I'm afraid not. :( I suppose the patterns could be reconstructed by looking at the originals very carefully and trying to follow, but I'm not sure I could do that.