Dainty Thread Crochet Purses

Strolling through antique shops and flea markets, my eyes are always on the lookout for a telltale hint of vintage crochet--perhaps it will be peeking out of a box under the table, or lying beneath a set of old china. These three pretty purses remind me of the days when ladies wore gloves and hats, and carried reticules. Two of the purses still have their original silk linings--doesn't the dark brown silk highlight the round purse's lace pattern beautifully?. If you're inspired to make your own lace purse, Free Vintage Crochet is an excellent resource for patterns. And if you're not experienced at working with such fine thread, why not try fingering weight or even thicker yarn? A lace bag made of worsted-weight cotton could even become your go-to farmer's market tote.

--Marina, Senior Editor

Comments

I've only worked thread-wise

I've only worked thread-wise with size 10 thus far--it takes a lot longer to make things, but the finished results are worth it. I also appreciate what I make a lot more when it's made from thread, due to the time involved.

These three pretty purses

These three pretty purses remind me of the days when ladies wore gloves and hats, and carried reticules.

These are beautiful! I would

These are beautiful! I would love to see some small vintage-inspired intricate thread crochet projects in Crochet Today. I've only worked thread-wise with size 10 thus far--it takes a lot longer to make things, but the finished results are worth it. I also appreciate what I make a lot more when it's made from thread, due to the time involved.

The rose in our Irish

The rose in our Irish Potholder pattern on page 66 of that same issue) would look wonderful in finer thread, also.

thank you

thank you but i looked to buy that issue and there was no march/APRIL JUST APRIL/MAY AND FEBUARY/MARCH. I JUST GOT MY SUBSCRPTION SO I HAVE NOT GOTTEN ANY OF THE ISSUES YET

i so love irish crochet lace it is so pretty and when ever i search stuff on it there is nother it is so hard to get a pattern or anything

Irish crochet

Hi Leah! Thanks so much for checking back with us. Here's a link on Ravelry.com to photos of the Irish Rose potholder pattern that was in our March/April 2012 issue. If you haven't used Ravelry before, you're in for a treat! Here's a getting-started-on Ravelry page that should help. You can search the "patterns" page there for the words "Irish crochet" to see a variety of possible projects. We did a how-to article in our March/April 2012 issue. Since that issue may not be part of your subscription, you might like to click that link to buy it from our online store. Good luck!

Hello Leah, Did you see our

Hello Leah, Did you see our how-to article about Irish Crochet in the March/April 2012 issue of CT? The author of the article, Mary Beth Temple, used fingering weight yarn, but her Irish Rose design (similar to the rose in our Irish Potholder pattern on page 66 of that same issue) would look wonderful in finer thread, also. By the way, you can still purchase The March/April 2012 issue in our online store, just click on Store in the top menu bar.

i would love to

i love to make some those i just love the look of crochet lace.i really like irish crochet lace 

but it is so hard to get stuff on it latly i have been working thread i really like think it is so pretty

and it seems like in back then people mostly used thread kinda of like that it is how it started.