Crocheted lace can be used as edging strips to decorate the area of a canal Narrowboat cabin between ceiling and wall, and along shelf edges. Strips of filet crochet lace can also be used to create curtains across windows, cafe net curtain stye, and crochet lace circles, rather like doilies, can be used to cover portholes. These afford some privacy, decoration and let in light. Smaller lace strips can be used to trim curtains and other soft furnishings.
Crochet Cabin Lace was traditionally made by canal boat women to decorate their Narrowboat interiors. Designs were often based upon contemporary Victorian patterns for filet crochet lace, made with cotton yarn. The handmade lace edgings, trim, and curtains would usually be designed by, copied or adapted from samples of crochet lace by the boat women. The lace strips or patterns, would most often have a straight edge at the top for hanging from shelf edges, or between cabin walls and ceiling, and 'Vandyke' points along the lower edge of the pattern repeats. Nowadays, many Narrowboat owners hang lace across their windows, 'cafe' style, to afford some privacy, without excluding light from the boat interior. Crochet lace porthole covers, sometimes sharing their designs with doily patterns, also appear to have become increasingly popular with Narrow Boat owners and providers, of traditional and modern boats. Elizabeth Bryant has written a very informative article on the history of Canal Narrowboat Cabin Crochet, for those who would like to know more about the art.
Of course, crochet lace can also be used in other contexts, to complement the interior design of late 19th, early 20th century period houses, cottage style interiors and home decor in general. I have created patterns and kits for you to make your own designer projects.
I have been knitting and crocheting for many years and am keen to promote and preserve skills such as cabin and crochet lace. I continue to research and create my own patterns for sale and will be happy to discuss creating one to match your design or canal boat.
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