Heirloom Quality Crochet Lacework ~ 5 O’Clock Tea Cloth

My wife grew up in Germany learning to make crochet lacework from her mother and grandmother, and over the years she has made the most exquisite and perfect examples of crochet doilies, runners, lace trimmed cloths, lace edgings, lampshades, tablecloths and curtains. I’ve always viewed her creations as ‘heirloom quality’ pieces of art, as I’d never seen anything like them growing up in Michigan – and had no knowledge of what was possible in the world of fine crochet lacework.

She’s not only dedicated to perfection in the making of a piece of crochet lacework, but also in the layout, finishing and presentation of her work.  While she doesn’t design her own crochet patterns, she adapts, modifies and improves the patterns she chooses in order to create the finished project she has in mind.

If a suitable cloth isn’t available for the centerpiece of a tablecloth, my wife will fashion her own for the project and create the crochet lacework around it to match – as with this 5 O’Clock Tea Cloth she first made when we lived in England.  A project is never finished until she’s pinned it down perfectly and lightly starched it to retain its shape.  This 5 O’Clock Tea Cloth has ‘5 O’Clock Tea’ annotated on each corner, along with sugar bowl, creamer, tea cup and tea pot designs running the length of each side.

Over the years my wife has made literally hundreds of beautiful projects, and this is the beginning of her allowing me to share her work with you through all the pictures she’s taken in years past ~ enjoy! 🙂

(Note – The ’94 1 25 old school date stamp on the first photo is inaccurate, resetting itself when the camera’s battery was replaced.)

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