Marcella: In Santiago, Chile where I grew up, crafts were taught in elementary school. We learned to sew, knit and crochet as part of our education.This stunning crocheted tablecloth was made long ago in Santiago by Marcella’s aunt. It would have been typical of a project for the ladies in Santiago, most of whom were highly-skilled at decorative lace needlework. Marcella: The women would make all of the lace pieces by hand. They would save the pieces, and when anyone got married, the bride would receive hand-made gifts of tablecloths and other lace items. Notice the edge-work on this heirloom cloth. Every square inch is filled with attractive detail. On close inspection, you can see how the individual wedges are perfectly fitted together to create the whole table cover.
Marcella: I had 4 sisters. We all had our own hobbies, from needlecraft to painting. One of my sisters still paints. I paint as well, but I also crochet — recently I’ve been making baby blankets as gifts.These lovely lace doilies were created by Marcella when she was around 14 years old. At that time, the girls did not use written patterns to create items. Instead, once they learned to do decorative crochet, they ‘counted’ stitches to build the fabrics. Marcella: My children are not crafty. In Santiago it was different: there was time to do these things. Now, everyone is so busy, always racing around.
My tip to new crafters is to be bold. Have fun, and don’t be afraid. If you make a mistake, you can always rip it out.One of the things I hope our generation can accomplish is to spark a new interest among the young people for the joys of hand-crafts. In a coming segment, Thematic Stitchings will introduce a couple of young crafters. We will also ask Marcella to join us again later this year, to share with us a needlepoint canvas she created that depicts her country of Chile as she sees it! Meanwhile, it’s been a tremendous pleasure talking with Marcella about her love of crafts. Thank you for sharing your treasures with Thematic Stitchings, Marcella!
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